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Home / What are eLCs?

All about eLCs                     

Curriculum Online is central to the Government's drive to transform teaching and learning in schools by improving access to ICT and multimedia resources for all pupils. Here's how eLCs fit in…

The Government has set aside substantial funds for your school to spend on multimedia resources in the form of eLCs (eLearning Credits). The money is distributed from central Government via LEAs to individual schools, which decide locally how to spend it*.

Every school has an appointed eLC budget-holder holder (eg your head, head of department, Bursar or ICT coordinator). All teachers are invited to recommend resources for purchase.

Here at www.curriculumonline.gov.uk you'll find the definitive list of the multimedia resources that your school can buy with its eLC money. All the resources here are geared to the subjects taught in schools in England.

eLCs in a nutshell 

  • What are eLCs? Money set aside for your school to spend on multimedia resources. Multimedia resources are generally defined as items of educational software designed to support the teaching of the curriculum in England. They cannot be spent on hardware such as computers or projectors. Find out more here.
  • Which resources? Any of the thousands of multimedia resources listed here on www.curriculumonline.gov.uk (unless they're free) and also available direct from suppliers.
  • How do I choose a resource? Click here for tips on evaluating resources. 
  • How much money? £330million between 2002/3 and 2005/6.
  • Which schools? Funding is available for all Government-funded nursery, primary and secondary education, up to and including Key Stage 4.
  • Where's our money? Your school should be receiving funds already. Check with your eLC budget-holder or LEA. 
  • How is the money allocated? For further details on eLC money, and how it is allocated, click here 
  • How do I use eLCs? Search this site for the resource(s) you want. Ask your eLC budget for approval, then order direct from the supplier (details supplied), saying you are using eLCs.
  • Can I buy through the website? All purchases are made direct from suppliers; no transactions take place through the site. 
  • When do we have to spend our eLCs? All Standards Fund grants must be spent by the end of the academic year (31st August) to ensure their effective use. If the money has not been spent by the deadline, the DfES will reclaim the money from LEAs so it can be redistributed to other areas. In practise "spent" means that schools must have either placed orders for resources or paid for ordered resources by 31 August. If an invoice is yet to be received and/or paid prior to 31 August, then the expenditure should be recorded as "committed" in the school accounts. The outstanding invoices can then be paid after 31 August.

* In some cases, schools may decide to pool their allotted eLC money in order to make larger purchases for shared use. Schools may also decided to authorise their LEA or RBC (Regional Broadband Consortium) to spend eLC money on their behalf – for example, to obtain a greater diversity of products or to make bulk purchases. 

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