The NET Scheme comprises the Enhanced NET Scheme in Secondary Schools ("ENET Scheme") and the NET Scheme in Primary Schools ("PNET Scheme"). The ENET Scheme was launched in public sector secondary schools in the 1998/99 school year, following the Chief Executive’s Policy Address in 1997. The PNET Scheme was first implemented in public sector primary schools in the 2002/03 school year. Under the NET Scheme, one NET post is provided for every public sector primary school having six or more classes and every public sector secondary school. The Scheme also covers special schools which develop and implement a school-based English Language curriculum in accordance with the central curriculum framework.
NETs play the role of a resource teacher and help enhance the learning and teaching of English at the school level. They support local English teachers and collaborate with them to design and implement the school-based English language curriculum and to promote the development of the English panel.
Both the PNET Scheme and the ENET Scheme aim to support and strengthen English language learning and teaching in local schools through:
Since its establishment in 2002, the NET Section has been supporting the implementation and evaluation of the NET Scheme. It provides professional support for schools to maximise the benefits of the NET Scheme through the functioning of an Advisory Teaching Team and a Regional NET Coordinating Team – the former catering for the needs of primary schools and the latter supporting secondary schools.