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The value of ELC visits 

Enriching Local Curriculum (ELC) experiences complement and enrich class programmes as providers work with teachers and communities to meet the learning needs of students.

New Zealand research demonstrates that over 90% of students and teachers surveyed value education outside of the regular classroom to enrich curriculum, engage learners, build personal and social skills and connections, and provide a sense of something new. Teachers noted when students can see and experience learning in authentic settings, they develop a deeper understanding of the purpose of the learning, can place it in a wider context, and recall information more easily at a later date (Hill et al, 2020).

ELC visits are most effective when teachers and education officers work together before, during, and after the experience to link the learning to the local curriculum and prepare students by activating prior knowledge. Teachers and education officers must have clear learning goals to focus on during the experience and provide relevant follow-up activities.

The Education Outside The Classroom Guidelines provide information on the safety management process, legal obligations, and planning templates for experiences outside school or kura settings.

How are Ministry ELC providers selected?

Ministry of Education ELC providers are being selected for the next three and a half years, with the RfP process managed through the Government Electronic Tenders Service.

The tender process is open and contestable and makes certain that only the highest quality programmes are selected. An evaluation panel with representatives from the sector including teachers, local iwi, Pacific, and Ministry staff (with experts in distance and digital learning and curriculum) review all proposals.

How are providers monitored?

The Ministry of Education contracts a monitoring company to audit and support all ELC providers. The chosen company reviews the quality and educational value of the experiences provided and offers assurance that public money is used correctly.

Who are the ELC providers?

Providers by region lists all Ministry-supported ELC providers.

How can I use ELC experiences?

Examples of great LEOTC experiences describe schools' examples of effective ELC (formerly LEOTC) experiences.

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