Centre gets funding boost

Wendy Lovell

Wendy Lovell

MARYBOROUGH Education Centre has received funding to help deliver a speech pathology model to improve learning.

The school is one of eight educational institutions to receive $240,000 over three years as part of the state government's Linking Learning project. 

The project aims to boost the learning outcomes in children aged from birth to 12 years through local partnerships with primary schools, children's services, local councils and non-for-profit organisations.

The Maryborough Education Centre will use the funds to develop a community-wide speech pathology model for children to support their learning in primary school. 

Minister for Children Wendy Lovell said the project would look at different ways communities could better share resources and expertise to address critical learning needs as children progressed through early years education.

"Many young children have a range of complex learning needs that cannot always be met by one service in isolation," she said. 

"This project will harness the potential of local partnerships to ensure learning issues are identified early on and addressed.

"Each service will share their progress throughout the project to help us understand what works and how we can best support communities with similar challenges."

Education minister Martin Dixon said sharing expertise was the key to improved student learning. 

"Linking Learning is about getting services on the same page and talking to each-other in a common language," he said. "The sites will encourage early years educators to collaborate with teachers in schools, maternal and child health nurses to work alongside professionals, and principals to team up with community and local government leaders."

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