NEAS News – PD and lifelong learning

How much PD do you organise for your staff?

Teachers are lifelong learners. All staff who work at an education provider value and engage in learning and teaching on a day to day basis. NEAS recognises that professional development of all staff is an essential element in the continuous improvement of an educational provider.

Professional development gives teachers and professional staff the opportunity to reflect on their practices, skills and knowledge. It also challenges ones long-held assumptions and beliefs, providing fresh ideas and introducing innovations in an environment which never stands still. As part of our quality assurance services to the ELT community, NEAS offers a range of Professional Development services for all staff including our annual Conference, NEAS Online and QLS workshops and webinars.

In addition, our experienced team are happy to deliver customised workshops at your centre. For more information, visit our professional development page or contact us

Welcome Lynda Beagle and Peetra Lechte to the NEAS team.

Lynda Beagle – Quality Assessor

Peetra Lechte – Quality Assessor

We would like to introduce two new NEAS Quality Assessors – Lynda Beagle and Peetra Lechte who will assist in assessing our endorsed centres in Melbourne.

Communities of Practice

Communities of practice are “groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better” Étienne Wenger, 1998. NEAS invites you to engage in regular interactions with your peers by participating in one of the communities of practice featured at the 2020 NEAS Management Conference.

Learn about new things or how to do things better and meet others who share interests and experiences not unlike yours. Follow NEAS on facebook, linkedin and twitter and subscribe to NEAS News to find out more.

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NEAS Professional Development

QLS Workshops 2020 Registrations are now open!

Registrations for workshops for Teachers, Academic Managers and ELT Professionals are now open for 2020!

See the full listing here!

What is the Quality Learning Series?

The NEAS Quality Learning Series workshops are designed to provide professional development to both ELT teachers and managers using expert advice based on the Quality Assurance Framework.

Workshops are three hours in length and conducted at our member centre locations around the country. NEAS QLS workshops are free for all staff of Quality Endorsed Member Centres and Associate Members.

Quality Assurance 101; Getting the most out of your NEAS membership.

When: 06 March 2020
Where: AAC Language Centre, Sydney

Registrations for workshops for Teachers, Academic Managers and ELT Professionals are now open for 2020!

What is the Quality Learning Series?

The NEAS Quality Learning Series workshops are designed to provide professional development to both ELT teachers and managers using expert advice based on the Quality Assurance Framework.

Who exactly are NEAS and how does your membership benefit you? Meet one of our friendly and industry-expert NEAS Quality Assurance Assessors and get answers to all the questions you always wanted to ask, including: What’s the best way to prepare for a NEAS visit?

How can I get the information I need from the NEAS website? What templates & forms are useful for me? What professional development does NEAS offer?

What’s the difference between Quality Assurance and compliance? And many more!


Abstracts are now closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted your abstracts by the 8th November. We are now carefully reviewing the submissions and will let you know if you are accepted into presenting at the NEAS 2020 Management Conference.

Early Bird Group Tickets are open!

Did you miss out on the Super Early Bird Pricing? Group tickets are available at a early bird rate. Tickets are open now!

Only a limited number have been released.  Secure yours now before they run out.

Industry News

Promoting Australian ELT Internationally

NEAS receives funding from the Australian Government through the Export Market Development Grant each year to promote the quality of Australian English Language Teaching internationally. This year NEAS attended ICEF Berlin at the end of October 2019, alongside many of our high-quality members such as Australia International College of English, Cairns College of English, Cairns Language Centre, International House, Tasmanian College of English, Times Academy, Embassy, Kaplan, ILSC, ELS and Education First.

ICEF Berlin is an important forum for increasing the visibility of our members amongst agents, and our CEO Patrick Pheasant attending the event met with industry stakeholders and key agencies to promote working with NEAS-endorsed centres.

Patrick also attended the annual symposium of QALEN – the global network in quality assurance for the English Language Teaching (ELT) sector. NEAS is a founding member of QALEN, held for the first time in Sydney Australia at the NEAS Management Conference in 2014. This year, the symposium was held in Manchester, United Kingdom and provided an opportunity to benchmark the NEAS standards against other ELT standards from Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Malta, and South Africa. This process endures that NEAS members are benchmarked internationally against the highest standards of quality. The process also ensures that the quality assurance systems and processes of NEAS Australia are thorough, transparent, independent and credible – a hallmark of global leadership in Quality Assurance in ELT.

NEAS Endorsement News


The Australian National College of English (ANCE) is the well-established English language arm of the Australian National Institute of Business and Technology (ANIBT). ANCE is somewhat boutique in nature and offers a suite of General English courses from Elementary to Upper-Intermediate in addition to English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Business English and IELTS Preparation.

NEAS was particularly impressed with the Centre’s five weekly group presentation and assessment activity, which was developed in response to student needs, goals and interests.

Homesglen English Language Centre

Congratulations to Holmesglen English Language Centre (HELC) on achieving NEAS Quality Endorsement. HELC is a department of Holmesglen Institute. At the St Kilda Road campus, HELC offers the English Plus course, a GE-based program that also offers articulation into Holmesglen Institute’s vocational courses.

HELC also delivers courses in English Language Teacher Training (CELTA, Cert IV TESOL and Grad Cert TEAL) and Government Programs (AMEP and other courses in EAL) at campuses in Chadstone and Moorabbin. The St Kilda Rd campus is conveniently located on St Kilda Rd, overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens and only a few minutes by tram from the Melbourne CBD. The centre is light, bright, spacious and modern with spacious classrooms that are well equipped for language learning.

Tasmanian College of English

Congratulations to Tasmanian College of English (TCE) on achieving NEAS Quality Endorsement. TCE is situated reasonably close to the Hobart CBD in an impressive 1880 heritage building. The Centre offers General English to students from various countries at present.