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Whāia te pae tawhiti kia tata  

Explore beyond the distant horizon and draw it near!

– Ka Hikitia – Ka Hāpaitia | The Māori Education Strategy


Current LEOTC contracts are being offered an extension to 30 June 2022. This is to allow a manageable transition for existing and new providers.

New contracts will begin 1 July 2022. New providers will be announced in early 2022.

Requests for Providers (RfPs) are live from 12 October 2021 to noon 14 December 2021.

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What is ELC?

Enriching Local Curriculum (ELC), formerly known as Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC), supports community organisations to draw on local resources and expertise, to provide our tamariki with authentic, hands-on learning experiences that complement the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. Providers and schools work in partnership to run educational programmes for ākonga in early learning services (0-6 years of age), state and integrated schools and kura, and registered private schools in years 1-13.

An Enriching Local Curriculum experience might look like many things. Some classes might go on a trip to the local marae to learn about tikanga or the aquarium to complement their in-class learning on sea life. Or the learning may take place virtually with an online interactive experience. Or it may be a combination of these.

The Ministry of Education wants to provide learning that is equitable and accessible to all. We are encouraging a wider range of providers so iwi, Pacific communities, and other local organisations can participate and enrich students’ learning. ELC programmes have meaningful bicultural partnerships with key mana whenua knowledge holders, to improve educational outcomes, particularly for ākonga Māori. We support every learner, including disabled, neurodiverse, gifted, and those at risk of disengaging from education.

All programmes use some level of te reo Māori to support our national identity. Programmes for Māori Medium education programmes are delivered in te reo Māori, supporting language proficiency.

Unlike LEOTC, ELC programmes are not divided into subject areas. Rather, they are experiences that support broad curriculum outcomes.

We intend to strengthen the use of technology to enhance curriculum learning experiences: learning can happen any time, any place, including before, during, and following “real” experiences.

ELC vs LEOTC: Why have we changed? 

Enriching Local Curriculum is the new-and-improved version of Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom. We have changed LEOTC to support the changing Education system.

We have developed ELC to support the NZ Curriculum (and later Te Marautanga o Aotearoa) refresh, Te Whāriki, align with Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our wider Education Work Programme, including Ka Hikitia – Ka Hāpaitia, the Action Plan for Pacific Education, and the Learning Support Action Plan.

Interested in becoming an ELC provider? 

Requests for Providers (RfPs) are live from 12 October 2021 until noon 14 December 2021.

If you are keen to play a role in supporting the learning of ākonga in your area, have a go and apply for ELC. We welcome all organisations – big or small, current providers and fresh faces.

Contracts are for broad curriculum-based learning experiences.

Procured contracts will run for 3.5 years, from 1 July 2022 to 31 December 2025. Successful contracts will be awarded in early 2022.

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