Rochester and district schools have received funding from the Victorian Government’s Disability Inclusion Package to help make schools more inclusive for all students.
Mark Gepp, a Northern Victoria state member, announced funding, including $ 87,899 for Rochester Secondary College, $ 73,349 for Rochester Primary School and $ 61,891 for Lockington Consolidated School.
“This funding will allow these local schools to support more students with disabilities so they can get the great education they deserve,” said Mr Gepp.
These schools are in the first year of the five-year rollout for disability inclusion and will all receive core funding from the third semester this year – with additional funding depending on the characteristics of each school.
The funds will be used to implement whole-school practices that support the inclusive education of students with diverse learning needs such as autism and learning disabilities.
This may include professional development of staff, hiring new disabled and inclusion staff, and purchasing programs, interventions or specific equipment and technology – depending on the needs of the student and the school.
Disability inclusion will be rolled out gradually over the next five years and will reach all Victorian government schools by 2025.
The Victorian government’s nearly $ 1.6 billion investment will double the number of students receiving extra classroom support to 55,000 and is expected to create up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025.
- Echuca Elementary School – $ 160,265
- Rochester Elementary School – $ 73,349
- Gunbower Elementary School – $ 26,974
- Echuca East Elementary School – $ 110,238
- Nanneella Estate Elementary School – $ 10,682
- Echuca Twin Rivers Technical School – $ 29,608
- Echuca Twin Rivers Elementary School – $ 96,069
- Lockington Consolidated School – $ 61,891
- Tongala Elementary School – $ 63,501
- Kyabram P-12 College – $ 192,449
- Rochester Secondary College – $ 87,899
- Echuca College – $ 177,576
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