Jackson School Upgrade – Architect Appointed

Students at Jackson School are a step closer to having a more inclusive school environment, with architects Haskell Architects appointed to the $46,000 project.

Natalie Suleyman visited Jackson School today to announce the appointment and see first-hand how the project will benefit students.

Jackson School received $46,000 under the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million Inclusive Schools Fund to upgrade facilities to support students with disabilities to better participate and engage with learning at their school.

The planned upgrades include a sensory, adventure and imagination play area.

The Labor Government launched the Inclusive Schools Fund in 2015 to ensure students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students.

The Fund is one of nine initiatives in the Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools and provides funding to improve existing facilities and help achieve best practice for inclusive Victorian schools.

The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school.

The Labor Government delivered a record $1.1 billion investment to build, upgrade and maintain new and existing schools in the Victorian Budget 2016-17, including a $10 million boost to the Inclusive Schools Fund.

Victorian government schools can apply for funding to build more inclusive and equitable facilities under the $20 million Inclusive Schools Fund.

Last year 33 schools received funding for upgrades to build a more inclusive campus.

Applications to the second round of funding available under the Inclusive School Fund will be held later this year.

Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP

“The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State by investing in local schools like Jackson School so our kids have the facilities they need to thrive.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino MP

“We are making Victorian schools more inclusive so that every student has the opportunity to succeed no matter their circumstances.”

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