Special Needs Education 

Special educational needs that affect a child’s ability to learn can include their:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, eg not being able to make friends

  • reading and writing, eg they have dyslexia

  • ability to understand things

  • concentration levels, eg they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • physical needs or impairments


The Special Needs Education Services of the Ministry of Education ensure that provision is made for students experiencing any of the following challenges:


Autism, visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech and language impairment, physical impairment, learning difficulties, mental challenges and giftedness.


The Special Needs Education Services focuses on the identification of students for placement through multidisciplinary evaluation.  Provision is made for students to be assisted with devices such as hearing aids.  


Special Needs Education is addressed in three ways: 

1. in the regular classroom,

2. in the special classroom in the regular school 

3. in the special unit or special education school.  


At present, Special Education services are provided in specially equipped classrooms (Special Units) in eight (8) public primary schools.


Children who are deaf or hearing impaired, blind or visually impaired attend The Irving Wilson School.


The Ann Hill School caters to secondary school age children with global developmental delays and other disabilities. 


Placements in these programmes are facilitated through the Student Services Support Section in the Ministry of Education  and Human Resource Development. 

Applications must reach the Section by March 31st for admissions to take effect in September.

The Mentally and Physically Challenged 

Albert Cecil Graham Development Centre

Tel 427-9514

Ladymeade Gardens, Jemmotts Lane

Ann Hill School

Tel 426-2358

Pine Plantation School

Challenor Creative Arts and Training Centre

Tel 438-6967

Canefield, St. Thomas

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Sight and hearng Impaired

Irving Wilson School

Tel 429-2631

Pine Plantation Road

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Private Pre School For Children With Special Needs


Chrisy's Care                                       Tel 267-2255
Kingsland Gardens, Christ Church

Private Tutoring For Children With Special Needs


Education Support Centre                      Tel 234-7887
George Street, Belleville

Schools For Children With Special Needs


John Payne School For Excellent Children

Perry Gap, Roebuck Street   Tel 435-2604

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Sunshine Early Stimulation Centre
Perry Gap, Roebuck Street  Telephone 622-2038

Government Schools - Slow Learners

All Saints Primary School

Tel 422-6506

Pleasant Hall, St. Peter

Charles F Broome Primary

Tel 435-0786

Government Hill, St. Michael

Eagle Hall Primary School

Tel 421-7517

Eagle Hall, St. Michael

Erdiston Primary

Tel 436-6148

Erdiston Drive, St, Michael

Ellerton Primary School

Tel 435-1342

Ellerton, St. George

Hilda Skeen Primary School

Tel 423-6135

St. Phillip

St. Matthews Primary School

Tel 426-0520

Christ Church

St. Stephen's Primary School

Tel 424-3629

Black Rock, St. Michael

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