Local schools have received additional funding to support kids with disabilities by the Victorian Government.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced that theDaylesford Primary School, Daylesford Secondary College and Hepburn Primary School, will join schools across Mallee and Central Highlands areas in receiving further funding support to make their school more inclusive for all students, under the Disability Inclusion reform.

The Daylesford Secondary College received $173, 902, Daylesford Primary School received $109,533 and Hepburn Primary School received $59,104

Schools can use the funding to implement whole-school practices that support the inclusive education of students with disability and diverse learning needs such as autism and learning difficulties.

Initiatives could include professional development for staff, employing new disability and inclusion staff, and purchasing programs, interventions or specific equipment and technology – depending on the needs of their students and the school.

The schools receiving the funding boost are in the second year of the five-year Disability Inclusion roll- out and will all receive a base level of funding with additional funding provided depending on the individual school’s characteristics.

This new funding support is ongoing and is in addition to support already provided through other programs and initiatives, including the Program for Students with Disabilities.

Funding for local schools is part of the Victorian Budget 2020/21 which committed nearly $1.6 billion to make sure Victorian kids living with disability are supported at school through the Disability Inclusion package.

Announcing the funding, Mary-Anne Thomas, the local member said

“The funding is the biggest change in disability support Victorian schools have ever seen, enabling our local schools in Macedon to support more students with disability, so that they can get the great education they deserve.”