Literacy and numeracy are foundational skills for lifelong learning and a proportion of Victorian students are not meeting national minimum standards. Evidence demonstrates that students who are significantly behind in literacy and numeracy often have complex learning needs.

The Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support (MYLNS) initiative provides funding to government secondary schools to help improve outcomes for students who are at risk of finishing school without the literacy or numeracy skills they need for future work, education and training.

This funding is for schools to release teachers as Literacy Improvement Teachers and/or Numeracy Improvement Teachers. Their role is to work directly with students and to build the capability of other teachers.

All eligible schools will be funded to have teachers released to undertake the role of Improvement Teachers.

Time release: Schools will receive funding for both literacy and numeracy Improvement Teachers at 1.2 FTE (minimum), with 0.8 FTE for capability building and 0.4 FTE for direct teaching support. Funding for additional time release is provided to schools with higher numbers of prioritised students. Schools with Flexible Learning Option (FLO) programs or campuses will receive an additional 0.2 FTE to support students in FLO settings.

Improvement Teachers

Improvement Teachers are teachers within a school who are provided with time release to:

  • deliver literacy or numeracy direct teaching support to students at risk of finishing school without the literacy or numeracy skills they need
  • build the capability of all teachers in their school to better meet all students at their point of learning need

Student Achievement Managers

Student Achievement Managers (SAMs) are located in the Department of Education and Training (the Department) regional offices. Their role is to support Improvement Teachers and school leaders in the day-to-day running of the MYLNS initiative.

SAMs work with schools to:

  • develop strategies and approaches to ensure that the work of Improvement Teachers has the greatest impact for all students
  • develop strategies and approaches to build the capability of other teachers across the school to differentiate their teaching practice
  • support the collection of data to monitor and evaluate the success of the initiative


Funding will be provided to schools at Classroom Teacher Range 2.5 and will be received through the Student Resource Package (SRP) each year through cash and credit funding.

Funding allocations are included in the indicative SRP in Term 3 to support planning for the next year.

Each year, schools must advise the MYLNS Implementation Team of their nominated Improvement Teacher/s before funding can be confirmed. For more information on funding allocation, refer to: Student Resource Package – Targeted Initiatives (Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support Initiative).

Guidance chapter providing an overview of the MYLNS Implementation Guide

Reviewed 03 September 2021

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