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Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom

What is LEOTC?

Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) supports community-based organisations to provide students with learning experiences that complement and enhance student learning, in alignment with the national curriculum. It is a limited and contestable funding pool.

Providers of LEOTC include (but are not limited to) zoos, museums, historic parks, art galleries, performing arts, science and outdoor centres, which hold significant resources and expertise. These are used to enrich student learning within a unique Aotearoa/New Zealand context. They are authentic, hands-on, interactive learning experiences, which builds on classroom learning. Providers and schools work in partnership to ensure that programmes meet the learning needs of students in years 1-13, and support effective teaching and learning.

Currently, LEOTC programmes are provided under the following learning areas: The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Social Sciences and Languages, Science, Mathematics and Technology.

LEOTC procurement rounds – How do they work?

Currently, LEOTC contracts are re-tendered on a three-year cycle. Provision in the Arts, Health and Physical Education was re-tendered in 2015 and contracts are awarded for service delivery in 2016–2018. In 2016, Social Sciences and Languages provision was re-tendered and contracts awarded 2017-2019. Currently we are re-tendering for Science, Mathematics and Technology, for contracts starting in 2018.

A request for proposals (RFP) is advertised on the Government’s Electronic Tendering Site (GETS) at: www.gets.govt.nz, inviting organisations wishing to provide LEOTC services in the given learning area being procured, to submit a proposal. This RFP closes on 9 June 2017.


Interested in becoming an LEOTC provider?

If you think your organisation offers (or could offer) programmes that align with what LEOTC is all about, register with GETS at: www.gets.govt.nz to be one of the first notified when a new RFP is released and tender round is open.

2016 Social Sciences and Language Tender Outcome

The following providers were successful in the latest Social Sciences and Language Education tender round:

Learning Area  
Auckland War Memorial Museum Social Sciences Auckland
Core Education Limited (Toku Tuatahi) Social Sciences National
Core Education Ltd (Civil Defence) Social Sciences National
Dunedin City Council - Toitu Otago Settlers Museum Social Sciences Otago / Southland
Gap Filler Trust Social Sciences Canterbury
Hamilton City Council - Hamilton Zoo Social Sciences Waikato
Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa New Zealand Maritime Museum Social Sciences Auckland
Hutt City Museums Social Sciences Wellington
International Antarctic Centre Social Sciences Canterbury
Karori Sanctuary Trust Social Sciences Wellington
Lakes District Museum and Gallery Social Sciences Otago / Southland
Marlborough Heritage Trust (Marlborough Museum) Social Sciences Nelson / Marlborough / West Coast
Museums of Transport and Technology Social Sciences Auckland
Napier City Council for MTG Hawke's Bay and the Faraday Centre Social Sciences Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti
National Army Museum te Mata Toa Social Sciences Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatu
Nelson Provincial Museum - Tasman Bays Heritage Trust Social Sciences Nelson / Marlborough / West Coast
New Plymouth District Council (for Puke Ariki) Social Sciences Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatu
Otago Museum Social Sciences Otago / Southland
Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Ara Social Sciences Bay of Plenty / Waiariki
South Canterbury Museum Social Sciences Canterbury
Tairawhiti Museum Social Sciences Hawke’s Bay / Tairāwhiti
The Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board:  Rutherford's Den Social Sciences Canterbury
Waipa District Council for Te Awamutu Museum Social Sciences Waikato
Waitangi National Trust Social Sciences Tai Tokerau
Wellington Museums Trust Incorporated for Museums Wellington Social Sciences Wellington
West Coast Historical & Mechanical Society Social Sciences Nelson / Marlborough / West Coast
Whanganui Regional Museum Social Sciences Taranaki / Whanganui / Manawatu
Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki Languages Otago / Southland

Details of these providers and their programmes can be found in the Providers by region section of this website.

2017 Science, Mathematics and Technology Tender

This year, the Ministry is looking to tender for LEOTC programmes in Science, Mathematics andTechnology. An RFP is now available on GETS at: https://www.gets.govt.nz/MEDU/ExternalTenderDetails.htm?id=18624453 detailing all you need to know to prepare and present a proposal for consideration. All applications must be submitted and received through GETS by noon, 9 June 2017. Any questions regarding the tender round or RFP documents must be asked through the question/answer function in GETS. We will respond to these as quickly as possible.

It is important to remember that current Science, Mathematics and Technology providers’ contracts will come to an end on 31 December 2017. Even if you already hold a current contract with us, your organisation must submit a new proposal, if you wish to be considered for the next round of Science, Mathematics and Technology contracts. Please be aware that submitting a proposal in an open tender is a contestable, competitive process – there is no guarantee you will be offered a contract.

If you cannot find answers to your questions on this site, please email us at LEOTC@education.govt.nz

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