Doreen Primary School celebrates its funding windfall. Pictured from left is Anthony Armiento, Ethan Craig, Ollie Williams, Georgia Sutherland, Mia Ingram, Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and principal Glenn Simondson.

Schools in Wallan and Upper Plenty have received State Government funding to help them become more inclusive of different abilities.

In its sixth round of funding, the Inclusive Schools Fund will contribute more than $12 million to 74 projects across Victoria, helping to build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs.

Wallan Secondary College will receive $136,000 and Upper Plenty Primary School $163,000.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green visited Upper Plenty Primary School last week to announce the funding, saying it would ensure that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as others.

“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,” she said.

“I’m so proud of the drive by schools across the Yan Yean electorate, to be inclusive and welcoming to all students, enabling all to thrive.”

Since the fund was established in 2015, more than 300 creative projects to build inclusive learning spaces and inclusive playgrounds at state schools have been supported.

Minister for Education James Merlino said the funding had helped students thrive.

“Disability shouldn’t 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,” he said.

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