Victorian Government schools will share in over $7 million in Inclusion Boost funding to provide extra support and resources to students with disabilities.
The Inclusion Boost is part of the Victorian Government’s $61 million suite of inclusive education initiatives, designed to give extra support to children and young people with disabilities.
“We want to give every child every chance, and it’s essential disability isn’t a barrier to that,” said James Merlino, Victorian Education Minister. “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.”
The funding and guidance will allow schools to:
• Educate teaching and support staff to ensure students with disabilities and additional needs can participate in all education and training activities on the same basis as their peers;
• Develop an inclusion and diversity policy that reflects their commitment to be inclusive of students of all backgrounds and abilities;
• Educate parents and the school community about the inclusion and diversity policy, through community engagement and local promotion activities such as online, printed collateral or at school assemblies and parent forums.
“Building the Education State means making sure everyone can access a great education – no matter their circumstances,” added Minister Merlino.