Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)

Statistics on number of students involved with the Ongoing resourcing scheme (ORS).

This index page provides links to data on the number of students involved with the Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) as at 1 July.

ORS provides support for a very small number of students, with the highest level of need for special education, to help them join in and learn alongside other children at school. Students are funded under either a Very High or a High needs level, and in 2010 a third ‘extension’ category was created to include an additional 400 students with moderate-to-high special needs, who were older than nine and had missed out on the ORS by a narrow margin in the past.

As at 1 July 2020, there were 10,160 students receiving ORS funding. These students represented 1.2% of the total schooling population. Boys made up 67.8% of students receiving ORS funding. There were 7,634 students (75.1%) funded at High Need and 2,526 students (24.9%) funded at Very High need. There are no longer any students funded under the extension category of ORS as they have all finished school.

The table below provides a number of downloads relating to the number of students in ORS funding scheme.

Time Series Data  Updated: December 2020

This spreadsheet provides the number of students for a range of dimensions (such as region, school authority, and ethnicity) across time in a simple, easy to use format.

Note: use of these spreadsheets require MS Excel version 2007 or later.

Note: In 2020 the source of ORS Ethnicity data was changed to ENROL to improve data quality.