Western Port

The Western Port Learning Guarantee (WPLG) is a cluster approach to education supported by the Mornington Peninsula Foundation where cluster members share ideas, resources and a vision for education in the local area.

The project team meets regularly to plan and discuss improving student outcomes across the schools through the sharing of and consistencies with: teaching/learning programs, curriculum, professional development for educators, resources, staff, models of intervention, wellbeing supports and more.

The WPLG has evolved over a number of years and is a guarantee from all staff to do ‘whatever it takes’ with the resources available to support students attending TRSPS, CPPS and WPSC.

WPLG Community Partners are:

Western Port Secondary College, Tyabb Railway Station, Crib Point, Hastings and Wallaroo Primary Schools, Western Port Community Support Centre.



Early Years, 0 – 3


Community Conversations: Learning from community members about life journeys and systemic settings that influence child caring.

Key Measures

Enablers and barriers for supporting oral language development in children.


Understanding systemic barriers for parents and carers to access resources and opportunities to optimise child development.


No Limits – speech and oral language intervention responding to low oral language levels in early years that inhibit access to reading and learning.

 Oral language, phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary and  foundations required for learning to read.

 Training and coaching of early years education staff in intentional play-based instruction, linking preschools with primary schools to support transition with shared systems, assessments and resources.

Primary School

Learning Enhancement – transition to evidence based practice including systematic synthetic phonics, direct explicit instruction, diagnostic assessments and core knowledge curriculum, combined with integrated wellbeing support.

Reading at expected levels and socially and emotionally on track on entry to secondary school.

 Evidence based practice adopted by all primary schools. Primary schools collaborate, share resources, information and training and link with secondary school with data, planning and resources.

Secondary School

Elevate – intensive, individualised, evidence based instruction for students who have disengaged from learning. Incorporates science of learning and whole school inclusion to ensure students can engage in learning. Expanding to years 11 and 12 in 2024.

Transition from Elevate back to mainstream. Completing school with meaningful pathway forward to apprenticeship, training or employment.

Cultural, teaching, timetable and curriculum modifications to ensure all students are included in learning.


Music in Primary Schools – whole class instruction in the foundations of music. Specialist teacher visits four primary schools reaching over 500 children every week.

Engagement in learning, participation in performances and events, acquiring the language of music supporting foundation skills in oral language.

Music as a standard part of education in primary schools.

Family Support

 Case management and support for families including mental health, material, referrals and advocacy, integrated with local primary and secondary schools streamlining timely and targeted responses.

Meeting client needs when required, establishing environments to support children and young people in their education.


 Client led, locally based services that meet the needs of individuals and families in a timely, non judgemental way, linked with schools in practical terms with shared approaches.

Housing and Homelessness

Case management and advocacy for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Meeting client needs and navigating the housing sector to secure best possible outcomes including saved tenancies, new tenancies, public housing and stability.


Local services that meet local needs optimising access to mainstream services.

MPF is a Public Benevolent Institution with Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 tax status. All donations are tax deductible. In 2017 the George Hicks Foundation made a ten year commitment to fund the operational costs of the MPF. Projects are funded with donations from our wide range of donors.