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Changing the lives of western suburbs students

The Victorian Government’s massive funding boost to support schools and students that need it most in the western suburbs is reaping strong results.

Acting Victorian Premier and Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Footscray Marsha Thompson visited Braybrook College to see first-hand how equity funding has made a real difference.

In 2015, the Victorian Government announced a huge increase to equity funding , which took effect from 2016.

It provides extra resources and expertise to get the best out of students who need more support.

The $566 million increase over four years is designed to break the cycle of disadvantage and stop students disengaging from school and giving up on their studies.

More than 2,800 staff have been added to Victorian Government schools since the funding boost, including 1,600 teachers and 1,200 support staff like speech pathologists, literacy and numeracy coaches and social workers.

This funding is improving the lives of students across Victoria, supporting programs that help students catch up in literacy and numeracy, and enabling schools to offer electives like coding and music that keep kids engaged.

The funding boost has enabled Braybrook College to set up a Numeracy Centre with a maths teacher on hand to answer questions and give students extra support, which has improved their NAPLAN numeracy results.

The school’s Numeracy Leader, Morag Brennan said a lot of students have maths ability but lack the perseverance to solve problems.

“The main issue is confidence. If they don’t think they can do it then they won’t attempt it so they need a place to encourage self-confidence,” she said.

Research shows an unacceptable link between disadvantage and low levels of school achievement, with some students facing greater barriers from day one at school.

The Victorian Government is levelling the playing field, putting education funding where it’s needed most, and adding valuable teachers and support staff to government schools across Victoria.

Source: Vic Government

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