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Originally established as the North Shore Education & Access Loop) was an initiative under the Government's "Broadband Challenge" which saw the extension of a fibre broadband network to schools on Auckland's North Shore.
The NEAL Education Trust was established to bring together all of the fibre connected schools as well as all other schools on the North Shore which wanted to join - on the basis that they would get fibre - eventually. Now with the rollout of ultrafast broadband across all of Auckland uderway, any Auckland school can now be part of NEAL.
The NEAL Education Trust is now established as a central space for information and guidance to schools engaging in ICT development, whether it be simply their ICT infrastructure or for student engagement and pedagogy. The Trust, through this web portal, is extending its offer of support and guidance to all Auckland schools.
Our Ministry funding finished at the end of 2012 and we have developed a sustainable business model to continue to deliver the services and support schools need. Over 35 schools have joined the NEAL community through a $100 annual subscription. This gives schools access to our independent advice and support, the website, regular newsletter and a range of PD events.
In addition, 6 schools started a more indepth model of support by buying into 0.1FTE plus an operational cost per term for in-school support which is tailored to meet the specific eLearning goals and needs of each individual school. We have developed a strong team of facilitators who work in these schools and feedback we have received is that the quality is high and schools are seeing improvements in teacher confidence, student engagement and the delivery of high quality lessons which focus on enriched use of eLearning tools. This of course leads to improved outcomes for students and lifts achievement.
We are very flexible to the needs of school and you can buy into more than 0.1FTE depending on your needs and also buy individual days as and when needed.
If your schools is interested in receiving in school support or joining the NEAL community through a $100 annual subscription please contact Melissa Grant who is more than happy to meet with you to discuss your requirements. email@example.com