Parliamentary Secretary for School Education Senator Jacinta Collins today talked to teachers and students from Sacred Heart College, Kyneton Primary, and Kyneton Secondary about the $100 million extension of the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative and the National Plan for School Improvement (NPSI).
Senator Collins said programs to help students with disability are an important part of the National Plan for School Improvement—the Federal Government’s response to the Gonski Review of Funding for Schooling.
"The Government will extend the More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative into 2014—an investment of $100 million,” Senator Collins said.
"This is in addition to the $200 million already provided to government and non-government education authorities over the 2012 and 2013 school years to support their work with students with disability and learning difficulties.
"The new funding means that teachers at Sacred Heart will be able to continue providing additional support for students with disability to transition effectively between stages of schooling, and from school into further education, training or employment.
"School principals and schools leaders at Kyneton Primary and Kyneton Secondary will receive more professional development to build on the excellent work they have already been doing in supporting students with autism.
"This is a great result. However, we need to do more to help students in regional Victoria. That’s why the Victorian Government needs to get behind the National Plan for School Improvement, which would deliver targeted funding for students in need.
"The Federal Government’s plan will deliver extra funding for students who need extra support. This includes students with disability, but also students in rural and regional areas, from lower income families, and in small schools."
Under the plan, schools across the country will benefit from an extra $14.5 billion in public investment over the next six years along with better funding indexation.
The NPSI will deliver a new benchmark amount per student of $9271 for primary school students and $12,193 for high school students, and will include extra funding for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, Indigenous students, students with disability and students with limited English skills.
The Federal Government will keep working closely with the Victorian Government to make sure that these reforms are agreed by 30 June 2013, in order to give schools, parents and communities right across the nation the certainty they need to plan for next year.
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