Minister Visits Furlong Park School For Deaf Children

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today visited Furlong Park School for Deaf Children to tour the school and meet students and staff.

The school, in Sunshine North, provides programs for 22 children through its early learning centre and a further 52 children in the primary school.

Mr Merlino spoke to students and heard about the school’s innovative teaching and learning of language, communication, literacy and numeracy.

Furlong Park School for Deaf Children has been supported by the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) framework, implemented five years ago by the former Labor Government.

The school is one of more than 300 government schools across Victoria using the internationally-renowned framework, which focuses on teaching and supporting positive student behaviours.

The framework allows participating schools to keep track of student behaviour, and positively intervene where a student is not meeting the school’s expectations.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invests close to $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.

The Budget includes an initial $180 million package of initiatives to break down barriers of disadvantage and to ensure more schools have access to education and wellbeing programs.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“The Andrews Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State so that all children have access to high-quality schools regardless of their background and where the live.”

“Furlong Park School for Deaf Children is a great example of how our kids are being supported to reach their full potential, no matter what their learning needs are.”

Quote attributable to Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman

Furlong Park School for Deaf Children is a great example of children in the west being supported to reach their full potential, no matter what their learning needs are.” 

“I commend the Principal Anne-Maree Crivelli and all the teachers for their commitment to their students and families.”

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