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Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom

What is LEOTC?

Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom (LEOTC) is a Ministry of Education curriculum support project. It 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 zoos, museums, historic parks, art galleries and performing arts and science centres which hold significant resources and expertise 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 classroom 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. Current provision includes provision in:

  • Social Science and Languages retendered and contracts in place for delivery 2017-2019, and
  • Science, Mathematics & Technology retendered and contracts in place for delivery 2018 – 2020.
  • Arts, Health & Physical Education to be retendered starting November 2018 with contracts for delivery 2019–2021.

A request for proposals (RFP) is advertised on the Government’s Electronic Tendering Site (GETS) inviting organisations wishing to provide LEOTC services in the given learning area being procured, to submit a proposal. This RFP closed on 14 May 2018.


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 to be one of the first notified when a new RFP is released and tender round is open.

2018 Arts, Health & Physical Education Tender Outcome

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

Auckland Art Gallery Art Auckland
Bishop Suter Art Gallery Art Nelson/Tasman
Capital E (Experience Wellington) Art/Digital Wellington
Christchurch Symphony Trust Art/Music Canterbury
City Gallery Wellington Art Wellington
Dunedin Public Art Gallery Art Otago/Southland
Expressions Art and Entertainments Art Wellington
Govett Brewster Gallery Art Taranaki
Hastings City Art Gallery Art Hawkes Bay
Horizons Unlimited Health Canterbury
Pataka Museum Art Wellington
Second Nature Charitable Trust Art/Dance Auckland
Tairawhiti Voyaging Trust Health Bay of Plenty
Te Ana Ngai Tahu Rock Art Centre Art Canterbury
Te Manawa Museums Trust Art Manawatu/Whanganui
Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts Art Auckland
Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust Art Bay of Plenty
Whenua Iti Outdoor Pursuits Centre Health Nelson/Tasman
Wintec / POET Health Waikato

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

2019 Social Sciences and Languages Tender

In 2019, the Ministry is looking to tender for LEOTC programmes in the Social Sciences and Languages. An RFP will be availableon GETS, detailing all you need to know to prepare and present a proposal for consideration. 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 Social Sciences and Languages providers’ contracts will come to an end on 31 December 2019. 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 Social Sciences and Languages 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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