Criteria for Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)

The Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) has nine criteria covering five areas of student need for learning support: learning, hearing, vision, physical, or language use and social communication.

To meet ORS criteria, students must have:

  • ongoing extreme or severe difficulty with any of the need areas, or 
  • moderate to high difficulty with learning, combined with very high or high needs in any two need areas.

ORS criteria with examples has descriptions and examples to help you understand the criteria.

Definitions of very high and high needs for ORS explains how we define the need levels.

ORS criteria overview table

This table shows which criterion apply to each area and need level. Use the links in the table to find detailed information about the criteria.

Need areaNeed level
 Very highHigh
Learning Criterion 1 Criterion 5
Criterion 9 (9.1 + 2 others)
Hearing Criterion 2.1 and 2.2 Criterion 6.1
Criterion 9 (9.1 + 9.2 + 1 other)
Vision Criterion 2.3 Criterion 6.2
Criterion 9 (9.1 + 9.3 + 1 other)
Physical Criterion 3 Criterion 7
Criterion 9 (9.1 + 9.4 + 1 other)
Language use and social communication Criterion 4 Criterion 8
Criterion 9 (9.1 + 9. 5 + 1 other)

ORS criteria with examples

Each criterion page includes a description of the needs covered and a fictional profile for a child under 5 years.

The criterion 5 and criterion 8 pages also have profiles that describe older students who continue to meet those criteria.

ORS criterion 1

Students need total adaptation of all curriculum content.

ORS criterion 2

Students need special assistance to engage in all face-to-face communications.

ORS criterion 3

Students need specialist one-to-one intervention at least weekly and/or specialist monitoring at least once a month, together with daily learning support provided by others.

ORS criterion 4

Students need specialist one-to-one intervention at least weekly or specialist monitoring at least once a month, together with daily learning support provided by others.

ORS criterion 5

Students need significant adaptation of almost all curriculum content.

ORS criterion 6

Students need specialist teacher contact time of at least half a day per week.

ORS criterion 7

Students need specialist one-to-one intervention on average once per month and/or specialist monitoring on average once per school term together with daily learning support provided by others.

ORS criterion 8

Students need specialist one-to-one intervention on average once per month or specialist monitoring on average once per school term, together with daily learning support provided by others.

ORS criterion 9

Students have ‘Combined moderate needs’ that must include moderate learning needs (9.1) and two other areas of moderate need.

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