3 October 2022
Several schools across Victoria will receive a funding boost to build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
The schools – which include Strathmore North Primary School – will share in $7.89 million to build facilities suitable for all students, as part of the Round 8 of the Inclusive Schools Fund.
The Fund will see improvements made to play areas – with stimulating and accessible equipment – as well as outdoor learning spaces that provide opportunities for sensory experiences and peer socialization. Indoor spaces will also be upgraded to promote more inclusive classroom organisation and teaching practices.
- Strathmore North Primary School has been allocated $200,000 for an inclusive playground.
The Inclusive Schools Fund was launched in 2015 to help Victorian schools support students whose special needs require additional facilities to ensure all children and young people can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed.
Since the fund was established, more than 340 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces and inclusive playgrounds have been announced.
The Victorian Budget 2021/22 includes a further $10 million to the Inclusive Schools Fund, bringing the total investment to $70 million.
Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Natalie Hutchins
“We’re ensuring every child and young person in Victoria can meet their potential and access great education – regardless of their background, abilities or differences.”
“That’s why we’re continuing to invest in the Inclusive Schools Fund – giving schools the infrastructure they need to enable more students to fully participate and succeed in their years of schooling and beyond.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Essendon Danny Pearson MP
“With these inclusive education spaces, we’re providing support and opportunities for students of all abilities to be the best they can be.”
“I am proud to be part of a Government that continues to deliver world class educational projects for students across the electorate of Essendon and throughout Victoria.”