Mr PEARSON (Essendon)- I was so pleased to recently be able to launch the ‘What We Heard’ community engagement report as part of the Flemington education plan. The report follows consultation undertaken with the four schools and the wider community last year and will be used as the building blocks to develop the Flemington education plan. The consultation heard that what students are looking for is a safe and supportive environment for learning and an emphasis on excellent teaching with good quality facilities, and student-focused learning was another important factor of a good school. There were 13 workshops attended by more than 250 people, an online survey with more than 400 respondents and two community pop-up sessions. I want to thank each and every member of my community who took the time out of their busy day to make a contribution in this exercise.

Ensuring that the local schools in Flemington are working together well and effectively is a really important initiative. I do want to thank Dani Angelico, principal at Mount Alexander College; Rachel Rasmussen, principal at Debney Meadows Primary School; Amanda Williams, principal at Flemington Primary School; and Colin Schot, principal at Ascot Vale Special School. We are making sure that we are getting this right, making sure we make the right investment to support this community.