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Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support (MYLNS) initiative

Policy

This policy supports schools in implementing the Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support (MYLNS) initiative.

Summary

  • The MYLNS initiative provides intensive teaching support to government secondary school students who are at risk of finishing school without the literacy and numeracy skills they need for future work and study.
  • This initiative seeks to support and build on the work that schools are already doing to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for all students, by providing additional teaching support to prioritised students as part of a whole-school approach.
  • Funding is provided for schools to release teachers as Numeracy and/or Literacy Improvement Teachers to work directly with students, and to build the capability of other teachers to address the literacy and numeracy needs of students at their school. Funding is available to all government schools with secondary students, except for select entry and specialist schools.
  • Detailed implementation guidance for schools is available on the Guidance tab.
  • The published MYLNS Implementation Guide is available on the Resources tab.

Details

The MYLNS initiative provides intensive teaching support to government secondary school students who are at risk of finishing school without the literacy and numeracy skills they need for future work, education and training.

This initiative gives students additional teaching support to improve their literacy and numeracy. The funding is for secondary schools to release teachers as Numeracy and/or Literacy Improvement Teachers to work directly with students and to build the capability of other teachers to improve the literacy and numeracy of students at their school.

Funding is allocated to schools based on the number of eligible students. Students in Years 8 and 10 in 2022 will be identified by their Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN results. Students in Year 9 who were identified in 2021 as Year 8 students receiving MYLNS support will continue to receive direct teaching support in Literacy and/or Numeracy, providing that school-based data indicates their continuing need for support. 

In 2019, Year 10 students were prioritised for support; in 2020, Year 10 and 11 students were prioritised for support; in 2021, Year 8 and 10 students were prioritised for support; and in 2022 Year 8, 9 and 10 students are prioritised for support.

The intended outcomes of the initiative are to:

  • improve targeted students’ literacy and numeracy achievement to agreed standards
  • support teachers to confidently teach literacy and numeracy to all students
  • support and contribute to embedding a whole school community approach to improving literacy and numeracy achievement for all students.

Timing of support

Support will be rolled out to all eligible students in Years 8 to 10 by 2022. Support will be rolled out as follows:

  • Term 3, 2019:
    • Cohort 1 commences — Year 10 students
    • Capability building in literacy OR numeracy
  • Term 1, 2020:
    • Cohort 1 continues — Year 11 students
    • Cohort 2 commences — Year 10 students
    • Capability building in literacy OR numeracy
  • Term 1, 2021:
    • Cohort 3 commences — Year 8 students
    • Cohort 4 commences — Year 10 students
    • Capability building in literacy AND numeracy
  • Term 1, 2022:
    • Cohort 3 continues — Year 9 students
    • Cohort 5 commences — Year 8 students
    • Cohort 6 commences — Year 10 students
    • Capability building in literacy AND numeracy

Funding allocation

Schools do not have to apply for MYLNS funding. Funding is determined using NAPLAN literacy and numeracy data and included in the Student Resource Package (SRP). Schools will be notified of their funding allocation via email. For more information on funding allocation, refer to: Student Resource Package – Targeted Initiatives (Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support Initiative).

Funding is provided to all Victorian government schools with secondary students except select entry and specialist schools.

Funding is based on the number of students in the school who were below NMS in reading or numeracy in their Year 7 or Year 9 NAPLAN, and if in the 2022 Year 9 cohort, were identified by their schools as needing support as Year 8s in 2021. Students exempt from sitting NAPLAN will also receive funding support.

Eligible schools with no eligible students at the target year levels will receive a base funding allocation for direct support of the student most at need in their school.

Funding amounts are expressed as FTE time release and funded at Classroom Teacher 2.5 level.

Funding for direct support and teacher capability building are calculated separately.

Funding is not re-allocated between schools if students transfer in or out during the school year.

Definitions

Prioritised students
For 2022, students in Years 8 and 10 who are below NMS in Reading and/or Numeracy as per 2021 NAPLAN results should receive direct teaching support in Literacy and/or Numeracy. Students in Year 9 who were identified in 2021 as Year 8 students receiving MYLNS support should continue to receive direct teaching support in Literacy and/or Numeracy, providing that school-based data indicates their continuing need for support. Schools with no Year 8, Year 9 or Year 10 students (P-9s and Senior Secondaries with Year 11 and Year 12 only), or no students below NMS, will be required to identify students in other year levels that require support. If there is capacity, schools should identify additional students based on a combination of data including school-based assessments, Teacher Judgement data, and behavioural and attendance records.

More information about student selection is available in the Guidance tab.

Improvement Teachers
In 2022, all government secondary schools will receive funding to release teachers within their school to undertake the role of a Literacy or Numeracy Improvement Teacher 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 learning needs
  • receive professional learning in literacy or numeracy teaching and capability building.

Relevant legislation

Department policy supporting schools in implementing the MYLNS initiative

Reviewed 03 September 2021

Policy last updated

3 September 2021

Scope

  • Schools

Contact

MYLNS Implementation Unit Performance Division

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