Schools across Northern Victoria will be able to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds to support students with disabilities and additional needs, thanks to the Andrews Government.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today said Round 6 applications of the Inclusive Schools Fund were now open for Northern Victorian schools to create inclusive spaces.
An additional $20 million was allocated for Round 6 and 7 of the Inclusive Schools Fund in the Victorian Budget 2020/21 – bringing the Andrews Government’s total investment in the Fund to $60 million.
The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better cater for the social and educational needs of young people with a disability and additional needs.
Since its inception in 2015, the Fund has supported 234 creative projects to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds have been announced.
A total of 53 projects were funded in Round 5, including $183,000 to Tyrrell College in Sea Lake, and $200,000 to Ranfurly Primary School in Mildura to create inclusive outdoor sensory spaces.
Other successful projects across the state include: accessible kitchen gardens, wheelchair-friendly playgrounds, musical zones, a bush playground and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces.
Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences –can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools.
In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022.
Applications for Round 6 of the program close Friday, 19 February 2021.
For more details, go to: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Inclusive-Schools-Fund.aspx
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“This fund is helping local schools make a real difference to students through new inclusive spaces that cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.”
“I encourage schools to think big on projects that will promote inclusion and positive learning experiences for all students, regardless of their abilities.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“We are supporting projects that are making a real difference to students, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.”