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Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom

What is LEOTC?

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

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 that complement and enhance classroom learning. Providers and schools work in partnership to ensure that programmes meet the learning needs of students 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 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 retendered in 2015 and contracts have recently been awarded for service delivery in 2016 – 2018. Retendering for Social Sciences and Languages provision will commence in April 2016 for contracts starting in 2017, and Science and Technology in 2017 for contracts starting in 2018.

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


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 (www.gets.govt.nz) to be one of the first notified when a new RFP is released and tender round is open.

2015 Arts, Health & Physical Education Tender Outcome

The following providers were successful in the latest Arts, Health and Physical Education tender round:

Auckland Art Gallery Arts Auckland
Counties Manukau Pacific Trust Arts Auckland
Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts Arts Auckland
Tauranga Art Gallery Arts BOP/Rotorua/Tauranga
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Arts Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatu
Sarjeant Gallery Arts Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatu
Capital E Arts Wellington
City Gallery Wellington Arts Wellington
Pataka Museum and Art Arts Wellington
The Bishop Suter Trust Arts Nelson/Malborough/West Coast
Dunedin Public Art Gallery Arts Otago/Southland
Southland Museum & Art Gallery Arts Otago/Southland
CORE Education Health & PE National
Life Education Trust Health & PE National
Ringa Atawhai Trust Health & PE Northland
Maungatautari Outdoor Ed Health & PE Waikato
Whenua Iti Outdoors Health & PE Nelson/Malborough/West Coast
Horizons Unlimited Limited Health & PE Canterbury

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


2016 Social Sciences and Languages Tender

This year, the Ministry is looking to tender for LEOTC programmes in the Social Sciences and Languages. An RFP is now available on GETS (https://www.gets.govt.nz/MEDU/ExternalTenderDetails.htm?id=17416278), detailing all you need to know to prepare and present a proposal for consideration. All applications must be submitted and received through GETS by 5pm 27 May 2016. 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.

The NZCER research paper, Identifying quality LEOTC provision in the Social Sciences, mentioned in the RFP has been uploaded and can now be found on GETS.

It is important to remember that current Social Science/Language providers’ contracts will come to an end on 31 December 2016. Your organisation must submit another proposal if you wish to be considered for the next round of Social Science and Language 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 learning.experience@education.govt.nz

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