Nardella welcomes $200,000 inclusiveness funding for Melton Specialist School

Melton Specialist School will receive a funding boost to support students with disabilities and special needs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Local MP, Mr Don Nardella MLA today congratulated the school on receiving funding under the $20 million Inclusive Schools Fund.

The fund is helping government schools better support the social and education needs of young people with a disability. In December last year 24 schools received funding in round two of the scheme, sharing $3.6 million.

Today it was announced that a further 17 schools would share in an additional $3.4 million in round two funding to build projects including  sensory gardens, learning and wellbeing centres and innovative play areas.

The funding will be used to create  a ‘sensory’ outdoor space, Mr Nardella said.

Mr Nardella also announced that round three of the Inclusive Schools Fund is now open and that schools are encouraged to present creative and innovative ideas in their applications. Details of how to apply are available at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/inclusiveschoolsfund.aspx

The Inclusive Schools Fund is one of nine initiatives in the Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools, which is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students.

This includes the annual Accessible Buildings Program, which provides government schools with funding for facilities to support students, parents and teachers with injuries or disabilities.

The Inclusive Schools Fund grants are also in addition to funding of $155.8 million announced in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 to improve the facilities available to students with special needs, including $58.5 million to upgrade 20 special schools across Victoria.

More information about these projects is available at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au

Mr Nardella said:

“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.”

“Inclusive education is all about giving students with disabilities the same chances as other students who do not face the additional challenges of a disability.”

“By providing Melton Specialist School with funding this project will provide a stimulating environment and enhance the learning outcomes of students.”