Schools in Eastern Metropolitan Region have received grants to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas, in extra support for students with disabilities and additional needs thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a further 51 projects across the state will be funded from the additional $10 million announced in this year’s budget, as part of the Labor Government’s $40 million Inclusive Schools Fund.

The following projects have been funded in Eastern Metropolitan Region:

  • An accessible playground at Aurora School
  • Improving play spaces at Eastern Ranges School

These are just some of the many innovative ideas included under the grants, which in this round will fund ideas such as accessible kitchen gardens, wheelchair friendly playground surfaces, quiet musical areas, a bush playground and sensory zones with a range of tactile surfaces.

The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Labor Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities and additional needs get the same opportunities as other students.

Since the Fund was established by the Labor Government in 2015 more than 232 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces, outdoor sensory areas and accessible playgrounds have been announced.

The Fund is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students.

Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools.

The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education.

Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This funding is about giving every child the best chance to meet their potential – regardless of their background or circumstances.”

“As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education regardless of background or educational needs.”

Quotes attributable to Hon. Shaun Leane MP, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region

“This is great news for Eastern Metropolitan Region students, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.”

 “Disability doesn’t need to be a barrier to learning and achieving – these innovative projects are all about giving our primary schools the infrastructure they need to inspire a passion for learning in all students.”