Criteria for Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)

The Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) has 9 criteria covering 5 areas of student need for learning support: learning, hearing, vision, physical, or language use and social communication.

Meeting the criteria

To meet ORS criteria, students must have:

  • ongoing extreme or severe difficulty with any of the 5 areas of need, or 
  • ongoing moderate to high difficulty with learning, combined with 2 other areas of need at a moderate to high level.

Read descriptions and examples to help you understand the criteria and find out how we define the need levels.

ORS criteria with examples (external link)

Definitions of very high and high needs for ORS (external link)

ORS criteria overview table

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

Need area

Need level

Very High

High

Learning

Criterion 1

Criterion 5

Hearing

Criterion 2.1 and 2.2

Criterion 6.1

Vision

Criterion 2.3

Criterion 6.2

Physical

Criterion 3

Criterion 7

Language use and appropriate social communication

Criterion 4

Criterion 8

 

Need area

Learning plus two areas of moderate needs from below:

Combined Moderate Needs Criteria 9

Sub-criterion 9.1

 plus two areas of moderate needs from below:

Hearing

Sub-criterion 9.2

 

Vision

Sub-criterion 9.3

 

Physical

Sub-criterion 9.4

 

Language use and appropriate social communication

Sub-criterion 9.5

 

 ORS criteria with examples

Each criterion page includes a description of the needs covered under this criterion and a fictional profile of a child who may demonstrate these needs.

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

Criterion 1-4 - very high needs

Criterion 1

This criterion is for students who need total adaptation of all curriculum content because they have extremely delayed cognitive development.

ORS criterion 1 (external link)

Criterion 2

This criterion is for students who need significant specialist assistance to engage in all face-to-face communications because they have a severe sensory (hearing and vision) impairment.

ORS criterion 2 (external link)

Criterion 3

This criterion is for students need very high levels of specialist support because they have an extremely severe physical disability.

ORS criterion 3 (external link)

Criterion 4

This criterion is for students who need very high levels of specialist need support because they have an extremely severe disorder of both language use and social communications.

ORS criterion 4 (external link)

Criterion 5-8 - high needs

Criterion 5

This criterion is for students who need significant adaptation of almost all curriculum content in order to learn because they have a severe delay in cognitive development.

ORS criterion 5 (external link)

Criterion 6

This criterion is for students who need high levels of specialist teaching because they have a severe hearing or vision impairment.

ORS criterion 6 (external link)

Criterion 7

This criterion is for students who need high levels of specialist support because they have a severe physical disability.

ORS criterion 7 (external link)

Criterion 8

This criterion is for students who need high levels of specialist support for needs arising from a severe disorder of both language use and social communication intervention.

ORS criterion 8 (external link)

Criterion 9 – combined moderate needs

Criterion 9

This criterion is for students who need moderate to high levels of support for their learning needs in combination with 2 other areas at a moderate to high level. The 3 areas of need combined to reduce a student's ability to access learning. Note that Criterion 9 involves needs at a moderate to high level.

ORS criterion 9 (external link)

Further information

Apply for ORS (external link)  

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