Fund­ing boost sup­ports stu­dents

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - JES­SICA CUM­MINS VIC

THE Vic­to­rian La­bor Gov­ern­ment is giv­ing schools more than $7 mil­lion in re­sources to sup­port stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties.

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion James Mer­lino an­nounced that the In­clu­sion Boost fund­ing will strengthen schools ed­u­ca­tion poli­cies and prac­tices.

“We’re sup­port­ing our schools to make sure that all stu­dents feel wel­come, ac­cepted and en­gaged so that they can par­tic­i­pate, achieve and thrive in school and life,” he said.

“We want to give every child, every chance, and its es­sen­tial dis­abil­ity isn’t a bar­rier to that.”

The fund­ing will al­low schools to ed­u­cate teach­ing and sup­port staff so that stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties can par­tic­i­pate in ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on the same ba­sis as their peers.

It will also al­low schools to de­velop an in­clu­sion and di­ver­sity pol­icy which re­flects their com­mit­ment to in­clude stu­dents of all back­grounds and abil­i­ties.

The fund­ing comes as part of the $61 mil­lion suite of ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives an­nounced by the La­bor Gov­ern­ment last year to pro­vide ex­tra sup­port to young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The In­clu­sion Boost fund­ing will form part of the ed­u­ca­tion re­form agenda that en­sures stu­dents of all abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies feel wel­come and thrive at school.

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