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Student Resource Package — Targeted Initiatives

Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support Initiative (Reference 118)

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

Through the MYLNS initiative, schools are provided funding to release existing teachers as Literacy Improvement Teachers and / or Numeracy Improvement Teachers.

Improvement Teachers deliver literacy or numeracy direct teaching support to students in Year 10 who were identified as below National Minimum Standard in Reading and/or Numeracy as per 2022 NAPLAN results.

There is no longer a funding component to support capability building for teachers as the Improvement Teachers can work with other teaching staff and middle leaders (such as Learning Specialists) in the school through, for example, Professional Learning Community (PLC) structures.

Refer to the department’s policy on Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support for further information on implementing the initiative.

Accountability

Funding is provided to release teachers to provide direct teaching support to prioritised students in Year 10.

Schools are required to:

  • tag prioritised students in CASES21 and maintain accuracy of the data on a termly basis
  • nominate Improvement Teachers and update their details as required
  • maintain records of student learning in an approved template.

Schools should utilise any unspent 2022 funding from MYLNS, Tutor Learning Initiative (TLI), and existing funding sources (for example, Equity Funding) to continue providing differentiated, needs-based support to students who need it most across all year levels.

Eligibility

Funding is provided to all Victorian government schools with Year 10 students except for select entry, camp, language and specialist schools.

Funding allocation

Schools do not have to apply for MYLNS funding. Funding is determined using NAPLAN reading and numeracy data and is included in the Student Resource Package (SRP).

Time-release funding for Improvement Teachers will be provided as a cash line under Targeted Initiatives. Funding for 2023 Improvement Teachers commences on 1 January 2023.

The funding included in the 2023 Indicative SRP is calculated using a 3-year rolling average (2018, 2019, and 2021) of the number of Year 9 students in the school achieving below National Minimum Standard in NAPLAN Reading or Numeracy. This includes the number of students exempt from sitting NAPLAN.

MYLNS funding will be revised where required in the Confirmed SRP through comparing the rolling NAPLAN average to the actual 2022 NAPLAN data (only ‘upwards’ revisions will be made).

Secondary schools with Year 10 students but no Year 9 students (that is, Senior Secondary Schools) will receive a funding allocation based on their 2022 Year 10 cohort’s Year 9 NAPLAN results.

Schools with Flexible Learning Option (FLO) campuses or programs will be provided with additional funding (0.2 FTE) to increase the support available to students with high levels of need.

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

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

Schools may choose to support additional students up to the maximum number funded, based on literacy and numeracy assessment data.

Schools may refer to the table below as a guide to determine the appropriate model of support for their students, alongside TLI and other targeted funding.

Amount shown in Indicative SRP

(100% cash funding allocation as per the Classroom Teacher 2.5 salary rates)
Associated full time equivalent (FTE) time release Associated number of eligible students in literacy and numeracy
N/A* 0.2 FTE 0 to 15
$49,061 0.4 FTE 16 to 30
$73,592 0.6 FTE 31 to 45
$98,122 0.8 FTE 46 to 60
$122,653 1.0 FTE 61 to 75
$147,184 1.2 FTE 76 to 90
$171,714 1.4 FTE 91 to 105
$196,245 1.6 FTE 106 to 120
$220,775 1.8 FTE 121 to 135

Notes:

  • *All schools with Year 10 students receive a minimum of 0.4 FTE time release funding ($49,061) as they are eligible for the equivalent of 0.2 FTE for literacy direct support, and 0. 2 FTE for numeracy direct support.
  • Schools with Flexible Learning Option (FLO) campuses or programs have been provided with additional funding (0.2 FTE) per FLO campus to increase the support available to students with high levels of need. FLO funding allocations have been reflected within the amount shown in Indicative SRP.

Support

For further information, refer to the department’s policy on Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support initiative or contact MYLNS@education.vic.gov.au

Reference 118 of the SRP Guide, providing information on funding for the MYLNS initiative

Reviewed 05 January 2023

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