Intensive Literacy and Numeracy

Intensive Literacy and Numeracy

Last updated 9 February 2017
Last updated 02/09/2017

The Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) Fund supports the intensive provision of quality fees-free literacy, language and numeracy learning opportunities for learners with low-level literacy and numeracy skills.

We are in the process of updating these fund pages for 2017.

For the 2017 conditions for the Intensive Literacy and Numeracy (ILN) Fund, refer to:

Generic conditions that relate to all on-Plan funds for 2017

Specific conditions that relate to this fund only

Who applies:  ITPs, PTEs, REAPs, schools, universities, wānanga

Agreed through:  Investment plan (on Plan)

Programmes must be delivered in an appropriately structured context with strong community links. These links will be evidenced through relationships between tertiary education organisations (TEOs) and local business, industry, employers, iwi and the wider community, and learners.

ILN provision is funded at a fixed rate, calculated on the basis of a TEO delivering literacy, numeracy, or literacy and numeracy, tuition at the intensity of 100 hours over a five to 20-week period. The total hours of tuition delivered by a TEO should be at an average of 100 hours per learner. 

The TEC determines and allocates ILN funding through the Investment Plan process.

TEOs must have an effective assessment process for identifying a learner’s literacy and numeracy gains against the Adult Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions. TEOs must use the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (Assessment Tool) including the Youth option, Te Ata Hāpara option, and Starting Points options or Step Two Threshold Assessments (PDF, 356 Kb).


The Literacy and Numeracy provision funding mechanism is issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides the mandate for the TEC to allocate the funding. Allocating this fund helps to support the achievement of government policy and the Tertiary Education Strategy.

A TEO that receives ILN funding is required to:

  • comply with the requirements of the Education Act 1989
  • comply with the funding conditions specified in its funding letter.