Education outside the classroom (EOTC) is still a key component of primary and secondary school life in New Zealand. EOTC is a generic term used to describe curriculum based learning and teaching that extends the four walls of the classroom. EOTC can range from a museum or marae visit to a sports trip, an outdoor education camp, a field trip to the rocky shore, or a visit to practise another language. EOTC can take place in the school grounds, in the local community, or in regions further afield, including overseas.
The links that students are able to make between the classroom and real-world experiences can be critical to their long-term learning. Accordingly, school policies and practices that enable students to participate in well-designed, curriculum-based experiences outside the classroom assist with their learning.