We’re revising the schedule for upgrading network equipment in schools across Aotearoa. We had to hit pause on the School Network Upgrade while schools were closed during the lockdown period, but now we’re aiming to kit out 50 pilot schools by the end of August. 

It’s not the 200 we had originally planned, but don’t worry – if your equipment is coming out of warranty or fails, then N4L is here to help. We’ll extend the warranty and licences, and fix or replace the equipment if it breaks before it’s upgraded. 

The safety of your students, teachers, and our workers will remain a top priority throughout the upgrade. We’ll be adhering to the health and safety protocols for the Covid Alert Levels, and considering the needs of every school while doing so.

We’ll use what we learn from upgrading the first 50 schools to inform the wider rollout and help us understand the needs of small and larger schools. We’ll update our website with further information once we know more. Schools will hear from us two to three months before their network equipment is due to expire, and the first 50 schools will hear from us by the end of June.

What the upgrade means for your school
Your equipment will be replaced by a member of our panel of technology companies, and they’ll make sure it’s all up and running smoothly before they leave. A week or two after, you’ll receive a second visit from another panel member who will set up Secure Access for your school network.

This extra security will allow schools to manage what students, teachers and guests can do on your network by setting up permissions for each device to determine where they’re allowed to go on your network.

We’re really excited about the upgrade as it means your school Wi-Fi will be more reliable and secure. More student devices will be able to simultaneously connect and stream content, without impacting your network’s performance. Our Helpdesk will also be there to help, providing ongoing support for the new equipment, and troubleshooting performance issues remotely.

Teaching principal Dawn Fenn from Woodhill School is among the first 50 schools to be upgraded. She says, “Technology has a growing role in our school, we are bringing in more devices to support their learning. It’s going to be a real help to me as a teaching principal, as Network for Learning will know remotely if something’s gone wrong; and do all those things that would otherwise just add to my jobs list, especially when I haven’t got the expertise to be able to do it myself.”

If you have any questions about the upgrade programme, you can visit our website or call our Helpdesk on 0800 LEARNING. And there is more detailed information on The Ministry of Education’s Te Mana Tūhono webpage