Making Schools More Inclusive In The Education State

Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Mordialloc and Andrews Labor Government’s Ambassador for the Special Needs Plan (School Capital), Tim Richardson, at Chelsea Heights Primary to announce the first 33 projects to be built under a $10 million program for students with special needs.

They include the construction of outdoor areas, accessible playgrounds, sensory spaces and equipment (see list below for further details about individual projects).

The project grants form part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Inclusive Schools Fund, which is providing $10 million over four years to build inclusive school facilities and help government schools better support the social and educational needs of young people with a disability.

Chelsea Heights Primary will use its $200,000 grant to transform its school hall into an interactive sensory space and multipurpose area suitable for physiotherapy.

The Fund is one of nine initiatives outlined in the Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools. A key election commitment, the Special Needs Plan aims to ensure that students with disabilities get the same chances as other students.

The Fund is in addition to the annual Accessible Buildings Program, which provides Government schools with funding for facilities to support students, parents and teachers with injuries or disabilities.

Schools unsuccessful in the first round of the Inclusive Schools Fund will be encouraged to apply in future rounds.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This is about transforming hundreds of young lives over the next four years by giving schools the opportunity to realise their vision for a truly inclusive school.”

“The Special Needs Plan is helping us achieve this vision by giving students with disabilities the same chances as other students who do not face the additional challenges of a disability.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson 

“The upgrade to the Julie Elliot Centre under the Inclusive Schools Fund will provide a new sensory learning space, which will enhance the learning outcomes of the more than 350 students.” 

“I want to congratulate Chelsea Heights Primary School, Principal Jane Satchwell and Assistant Principal, Pia Licciardo and wonderful parents and students for realising the School’s vision of excellence for every child and look forward to working with them through this exciting time.“

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