Schools in the Mildura region will receive extra resources and equipment to strengthen inclusive education, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Equipment Boost for Schools initiative.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced that six schools in the Mildura region will be among the 322 schools across the state to share in $3.5 million to purchase new equipment and assistive technology to support students with disabilities or additional learning needs under the Equipment Boost for Schools initiative.
The following schools were successful in receiving the funding:
- Mildura Specialist School – $23,260 for the purchase of specialised tricycles & accessories, adjustable benches & posture systems, iPads & accessories, Jenx abduction block.
- Birchip P-12 – $6,051 for the purchase of iPad and accessories, software & training, document camera and decodable readers.
- Mildura Senior College – $6,829 for Dragon speech-to-text software licence, Interactive wheelchair and laptop.
- Ranfurly Primary School – $2,140 to purchase sensory equipment, resources and training.
- Murrayville Community College – $5,051 for amplification equipment and decodable readers.
- Irymple South Primary School – $5,695 for a Transformer HD magnifier & accessories.
All Victorian government schools were invited to apply for funding under the initiative in Term 3 this year.
The Equipment Boost for Schools initiative is part of the $61 million suite of inclusive education initiatives announced by the Labor Government in 2017 to give schools extra resources, guidance, access to specialist expertise and support to embed inclusive education in all aspects of school life.
The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education.
Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“Inclusive education means that all members of every school community are valued and supported to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed.”
“The new equipment will have a positive impact on Mildura students with disabilities and additional learning needs— by providing them with the tools and technologies they need to fully participate in learning and school life.”