Sensory play equipment, outdoor learning spaces and kitchen gardens are among a number of innovative school building projects the Andrews Labor Government is supporting, making sure every Victorian student has the opportunity to fully participate and succeed.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Portland Bay School will share in more than $6.6 million through Round 7 of the Inclusive Schools Fund.
The fund supports small building projects that make a big difference to the educational and social needs of all children and young people, including those with a disability and additional needs, by increasing participation opportunities and improving learning outcomes.
Portland Bay School will receive $200,000 to create an inclusive playground, including new play equipment and synthetic turf.
The Victorian Budget 2021/22 invested $10 million into the Inclusive Schools Fund, building on a boost of $20 million in the Victorian Budget 2020/21.
The Labor Government launched the Inclusive Schools Fund in 2015 to help Victorian schools cater for all students, and make sure all children and young people can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed. Since then, more than 340 projects have shared in $70 million in funding for inclusive projects.
The next round of funding is expected to be launched in early 2022.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“I’m so thrilled students in Portland will have access to more inclusive spaces through the latest round of the Inclusive Schools Fund – I can’t wait to see the finished project.”
“As we build the Education State, I’m proud to be supporting our local schools to access funding that ensures students of all abilities can benefit from a great education in spaces that are welcoming and responsive to their needs.”
“Sensory play, contemplative play, energetic play, social play – these are all vital elements in improving learning outcomes for our children and we are embedding them within our education system.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“The Education State is all about ensuring every Victorian child has the best opportunities to succeed – regardless of differences – and small projects like these make a world of difference to students of all abilities.”