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Gifted Education

Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains : intellectual, creative, social and physical. Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance. 1

This descriptor is linked to Gagne’s work as in this document and demonstrated in his Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent which has a linked video and links to a range of papers on Giftedness and Talent.

Within the Australian system, gifted education can be found with individual students on special programs, within individual classrooms, in specialist classrooms such as OC Classes in NSW, in selective high schools, in specialist high schools, curriculum differentiation, through early entry to schooling and through accelerated progression once within the system.

No individual method is best for all students. Gifted children are individuals and learn best in different ways and situations. They should be matched with the best system possible for them. If this can be done, then there should be maximum achievement and pleasure with their learning.

For information regarding theorists whose theories impact Gifted education, check information included on the Theories page.

This page looks at Gifted programs, system support, associations, support groups and other information for all Australian states & Territories plus other Australian information.

Australian Capital Territory

Education ACT

  • New !Early Entry for Gifted Talented Children
    Eligibility, Information, Procedures for Parents. Updated in 2017.
  • Gifted and Talented Students Policy
    Policy document for ACT schools.
  • New !Parent Fact Sheets
    Scroll down this page to find these. There are 14 of total in both Word and PDF formats. They include the following titles - Overview/FAQs; Giftedness and Talent; Identification; Social-Emotional Needs; Gifted Underachievers; Dual Exceptionality; Differentiation; Grouping; Programs and Provisions; Subject Acceleration; Whole-Grade Acceleration; Communicating with Schools; Myths and Facts.

Other Links

  • New !ACT Gifted Families Support Group Inc.
    ‘Provides support for gifted children, their families, teachers, psychologists and other professionals. Our group organises engaging educational activities, provides advice and resources and connects members with information and researchers in the field’.

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New South Wales

Department of Education

  • Aurora College
    ‘We are the NSW Virtual Selective High School, providing students in rural and remote areas the chance to study specialist subjects using the latest technology. Our school offers Year 5 and 6 students Opportunity Class lessons in Mathematics, Science and Technology; Year 7 to 10 students Selective School classes in English, Mathematics and Science; and Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to study one or more Preliminary and/or Higher School Certificate subjects that may not be available in their local school’.
  • New !High Potential and Gifted Education
    Via this home page you can access the following sections : relevant research; supporting educators in this area; resources and support for parents and carers of children; two short videos; Early Adopter Schools; and several useful tools. There are also links to a number of aspects and documents provided below :
  • New ! General information
    ‘NSW public schools offer a range of opportunities for high potential and gifted students including Opportunity Classes and Selective High Schools’. Includes sections on High potential and gifted students; Privacy and ethics; Student experience; New !Resources for schools; and New !Key dates related to both groups.
  • New !List of Selective High Schools
    ‘Fully selective high schools - coeducational plus male and female; Partially selective high schools; Agricultural high school - day places only, coeducational; boarder places only, coeducational; boarder and day places, male only; boarder and day places coeducational; Virtual Selective High School’.
  • New !Opportunity Classes available in NSW
    ‘School; Location; Number of Year 5 places in 2022. There are 1 830 places available in Year 5 opportunity classes across NSW in 2022’.
  • New !Opportunity Classes – Year 5
    ‘What are opportunity classes ?; Application process; Information for applicants; The test; Selection process; Placement outcome information; and Questions about the test’.
  • New !Selective High Schools – Year 7
    ‘What are selective high schools ?; Information for applicants; Application process; The test; Selection process; and Outcome’. There is also a link to Key Dates for this process.
  • New ! Selective High Schools - Years 8 to 12
    ‘Information for applicants; Application process; Selection process; and Outcome. Download a printable version of the application information for Years 8 to 12 entry here [available when applications open]’.
  • New !Selective High School and Opportunity Class Placement Policy
    ‘Requirements for placement in NSW government selective classes, Selective High Schools, Agricultural High Schools and Opportunity Classes; criteria for entry and the selection processes for gifted and talented students’.
  • Updated !Student Experience
    Includes, among others, examples of activities undertaken by high potential and gifted students.

Other Links

  • New !Australian Gifted Support Centre Services
    ‘Australian Gifted Support Centre offers a wide range of services to gifted children and adolescents, their parents or caregivers and their teachers’. You can also access their New !Facebook Page.
  • New !Bachelor of Education Early Childhood - ECCWC301A Gifted Education
    TAFE-NSW, Library Services. ‘Find course readings and relevant, reliable information for your degree. Books, videos, journals, research databases, Australian Standards and more’.
  • New !GERRIC : Gifted Education [UNSW Sydney]
    ‘First established by Emeritus Professor Miraca Gross in 1991, GERRIC is one of the only substantial centres devoted to gifted education research, professional development of educators, programs for gifted students, courses for parents, gifted program evaluations in schools/school systems, and gifted education resources/information in the Asia Pacific region and the southern hemisphere. It is also one of only about ten such centres worldwide’.
  • New !Gifted and Talented Secondary Teachers’
    ‘Its purpose is providing education and it seeks to develop a network of Gifted and Talented Coordinators and teachers in Sydney and NSW; Offers relevant and practical professional development that is also cost effective; Tap into the wealth of knowledge amongst members; Share ideas, resources and programs, as well as acting as an advocacy group that supports Gifted and Talented education in NSW’.
  • New !Gifted Education [NSW Education Standards Authority]
    Overview, Definition, Curriculum Strategies.
  • Gifted Families Support Group
    ‘Run solely by volunteers, GFSG Inc. focuses on bringing together ‘like-minds’, providing a vast array of supportive events and highlighting the needs of gifted children within our community’.
  • New !Gifted NSW
    ‘Gifted NSW is a not for profit association with the vision to support gifted children, their families, and their educators. We provide opportunities for gifted children to connect with ‘like minds’, to provide families the opportunity to openly discuss their own experiences without judgement and to promote access for educators to quality professional development regarding the education of both gifted and GLD children’.
  • New !Revisiting Gifted Education
    Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation. ‘This literature review summarises the gifted education research base. It synthesises the best-quality available research into the learning characteristics of gifted students. It also provides summaries of the research on effective practices in gifted education for schools and teachers. Review [PDF], Review Summary [PDF], Poster, Podcast, myPL Course. 2019’.
  • New !Study Gifted Education [UNSW Sydney]
    ‘Studying Gifted Education at UNSW allows students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the many issues relating to the educational and related needs of high ability students. Most importantly, students will come to understand the wide range of skills that are necessary to best support these students’.
  • Updated !Sydney Catholic Schools Gifted Education Policy
    Nine section document covering guiding principles, procedures, explanatory notes, appendices and more.

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Northern Territory

Department of Education

  • New !Apply to a Centre for Excellence School
    ‘Centres for Excellence cater for high ability government school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who have a passion for learning in a specialist area. There are five Centres for Excellence located in senior secondary colleges and high schools across the Territory. Each centre covers a specialist subject’.
  • New !Gifted and Talented Students
    ‘This page has information on gifted and talented students and how they are supported in Northern Territory schools’. There are links to the relevant section of the New !Australian Curriculum website and to the Gifted and Talented Education policy documents. Each policy, guideline or other type of document is available in PDF and DOCX formats. A number of these are listed below :

Other Links

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Queensland

Department of Education

  • New ! Gifted and Talented Education
    ‘All Queensland state schools are committed to meeting the learning needs of students who are gifted’. A brief introduction. Several links which are included among the following :

Other Links

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South Australia

Department for Education

  • New !IGNITE Program - Accelerated Learning at High School
    ‘Three public high schools in Adelaide provide accelerated learning through the Ignite program. They are New !Aberfoyle Park High School, New !Glenunga International High School and New !The Heights School’. Each site details the program at their school.
  • New !Individual Education Plans
    ‘Some gifted and talented students may require an Individual Education Plan [IEP] to help guide their learning and ensure their overall wellbeing’. Details can be found here.
  • New !Specialised Courses and Programs
    ‘The list of New !Special Interest Schools is a guide to some of the schools offering special programs; Extra-curricular activities - ‘Students can opt to participate in a number of activities in addition to the mandatory curriculum. These are designed to support learning and development; High school student exchange organisations - detail regarding this area’.
  • New !Starting Preschool or School
    Early or delayed entry to school are options that may be possible in specific circumstances, where it is in a child’s best educational interests. If you think this applies to your child, talk to the principal’. See Primary School or Reception section.

Other Links

  • Gifted & Talented Children’s Association of SA [GTCASA]
    ‘GTCASA is a volunteer organisation committed to enhancing the social, emotional and intellectual development of children and adolescents with high intellectual potential. We organise events for gifted children, their carers and teachers’. You may also be interested in New !Gifted With a Learning Disability [GLD SA] which is a sub-committee of GTCASA.
  • New !The Education of Gifted and Talented Students
    South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools. ‘The purpose of this policy is to articulate the policy position of the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools in relation to the education of Gifted and Talented Students in our sector’.

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Tasmania

Department of Education

  • New !Gifted and Talented Students
    ‘Tasmanian Government schools provide a range of extended learning and enrichment opportunities so that their gifted and talented students engage with learning that challenges their thinking, further develops their knowledge or skills and advances their understanding’. Covers : What do we mean by gifted and talented students ?; Extended learning and enrichment opportunities available; Where can I get more information ?; plus areas covered by the following links :

Other Links

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Victoria

Department of Education and Training

  • New !Student Excellence Program
    ‘The Student Excellence Program is delivering a range of initiatives to support government schools to provide a great learning environment and build teacher capability to support and extend their high-ability students’. Links related to this are listed below :
  • New !Enrolment
    Covers all aspects of enrolment, a part of which covers New !Minimum Age Exemption — Early Entry to School Application Form. This contains both relevant information and an Application Form.
  • New !High-ability Students in your Classroom
    ‘Once students are identified as ‘high-ability’ then the appropriate differentiation supports can be implemented. Video; Differentiating for high-ability students; Common models for differentiation; Additional professional learning [includes video]; References.
  • New ! High-ability Toolkit
    ‘Guidance for primary and secondary schools and teachers on how to identify and support high-ability students. In this toolkit you will find advice and information about : how to identify high-ability students; the needs of high-ability students; and how to support high-ability students. Conversations with Academics - video’, more.
  • New !High Impact Teaching Strategies in Action : Differentiated Teaching
    ‘Differentiation is a key high impact teaching strategy [HITS] used by teachers to craft lessons that provide the right amount of support and challenge for every student’.
  • New !Identifying High-ability Students
    ‘Supporting high-ability students requires identification through analysis of student data. High-ability students learn at faster rates. They find, solve and act on problems, manipulating abstract ideas, making connections to an advanced degree’. Video; Defining high-ability students; Common traits of high-ability [Primary and Secondary]; Social-emotional characteristics; Underachieving high-ability students; References.
  • Selective Entry High Schools
    The Schools, How to Apply, Practice Tests, Sitting the Examination, Outcome of the Application.
  • New !Supporting High-ability Students at your School
    ‘Planning for high-ability students at your school; Implementing the Student Excellence Program within schools; High-ability practice leaders; Programs and centres for high-ability students’.

Other Links

  • New !AGATEVic
    Our aim is ‘to develop a professional association in Victoria that has academic, teacher and psychological expertise in gifted education and talent development to advocate for gifted students’ plus more.
  • New !Born to Soar
    ‘Our student courses are designed to specifically address the mind of a gifted thinker, to be challenging and fast-paced while allowing for a deep, rich exploration of concepts and ideas. Courses are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and can be undertaken at school or at home’.
  • New !G.A.T.E.WAYS
    Includes ‘G.A.T.E.WAYS Online - Programs for gifted and talented students from across Australia; city, rural and regional. Accessible via Zoom from school or home. G.A.T.E.WAYS On-site - Face-to-face programs for gifted and talented students run at host schools and other unique venues’. Based in Melbourne but with offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.
  • New !Gifted and Talented Education - SEAL
    ‘In Victoria, more than 40 government high schools offer programs for very able students which accelerates them through high school and reduce secondary schooling from six years to five years. Learning in core subjects is accelerated for students in these programs and opportunities for in-depth study are provided. Entrance is by examination, interview and teacher reference’. Further information including a list of all schools involved is provided.
  • New !Gifted and Talented Students
    Catholic Education Melbourne. ‘A Resource Guide for Teachers in Victorian Catholic Schools’.
  • New !Gifted and Talented Students [CECV]
    Scroll down to a statement of approach in the area of Gifted and Talented education.
  • Updated !Gifted Support Network Inc.
    ‘Supporting families with gifted children in Melbourne. Gifted Support Network endeavours to provide relevant information, resources and support to families and educators with gifted children’.
  • Updated !Vic. Association for Gifted & Talented Children [VAGTC]
    ‘The VAGTC is a parent and educator-led not-for-profit incorporated body that is committed to advocating for the identification and appropriate support, education, and development of gifted potential in children across the state of Victoria’.

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Western Australia

  • Gifted and Talented
    Portal entry which covers all aspects of this area. Includes the following and more information on Gifted and Talented Programs :
  • Academic Programs
    ‘Offered at fourteen public secondary metropolitan schools, two regional schools and online, children foster advanced analytical, critical and creative thinking skills. They follow a program that matches individual learning needs and accelerates learning by extending their skills with advanced and in-depth study’. Listing of schools included
  • New !Academic Selective Entrance Test [ASET] Sample Test
    ‘This sample test is provided as a guide to help applicants feel more comfortable with the test process. The sample test questions and answer sheet may help applicants become familiar with the format of the test, the types of questions and what the answer sheet looks like’.
  • Updated !Arts Programs
    ‘There are six schools in the metropolitan area that offer Selective Arts Programs, including an arts college. The programs offered include : Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Music Theatre and Visual Arts. Selection into these programs is based on talent and aptitude. Applicants must sit the Academic Selective Entrance Test [ASET] and participate in workshops, auditions and interviews’.
  • Gifted and Talented Policies
    Gifted and Talented in Public Schools; Gifted and Talented Guidelines; Specialist Program Approval.
  • New !GT Online
    Gifted and Talented Online Program. ‘Gifted and Talented Online [GT Online] is an academic program of study designed to meet the needs of gifted and talented students in public secondary schools in country Western Australia in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. GT Online is the online version [for rural and remote students] of the Selective Academic Program taught in selected secondary schools in the Perth metropolitan area and Bunbury’.
  • New !Key Dates and Application Guidelines
    Secondary. ‘Guidelines for Parents; Key dates for Year 7; Key dates for Years 9, 10 and 11. The process of application, identification and placement occurs over a period of several months. The key dates and guidelines are updated regularly and are subject to change’.
  • Languages Programs
    ‘Children with an aptitude for learning new languages have the opportunity to develop their language skills to an advanced level, develop an appreciation and understanding of culture and enjoy a dynamic and challenging learning environment’. Available languages and participating school details are provided.
  • Presentations for Parents
    ‘Information for Parents. Gifted and Talented Selective Entrance to Secondary Schools and Programs. Application, selection and placement’. More.
  • Primary Extension and Challenge [PEAC]
    ‘A part-time withdrawal program for upper primary school Year 5 and 6 students in public schools. Identified students are selected to participate in differentiated programs offered in a range of delivery modes’.
  • Selective Schools
    ‘Programs are offered at a fully selective academic school and a selective arts college’.
  • Students from Country WA
    ‘Children who wish to participate in a Gifted and Talented Academic, Arts or Languages Secondary Selective Programs have access to a range of options including the Selective Academic Program Online, regional school [Bunbury Senior High School and Albany Senior High School] and at one of two residential colleges [City Beach and Albany]’.

Other Links

  • New !Gifted Education [CEWA]
    ‘Catholic schools celebrate the diversity and achievements of all students, encouraging them to discover their abilities and reach their potential in all aspects of school life’.
  • New !Gifted WA
    ‘Western Australia's association for gifted support, advocacy and resources’.
  • WA Gifted & Talented Children’s Association
    ‘GATCA is a not-for-profit, self-help organisation providing teachers and parents with the means to meet the special needs of gifted children at home or school. Membership is open to all those wishing access to information and the tools to support gifted children academically and socially’.

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Australian Information

  • New !AAEGT - Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented
    ‘The AAEGT is committed to furthering the education of gifted and talented students across Australia. Established in 1985, the AAEGT currently serves members from a range of backgrounds. Our members are parents, educators, academics/researchers and other professionals whose family or work life brings them in contact with gifted children’. Inclusions cover Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, Resources for Parents, Useful Links, Events and Announcements, Gifted Awareness Week information and more.
  • New !Advocating for Gifted Learners with Disability
    Resources; FAQs; Information about the group.
  • New !Australian Mensa - Gifted Children
    A range of information and options. They also have a New !Useful contacts and Websites page for Gifted Children.
  • Born to Soar
    ‘Born to Soar provide educational learning opportunities for gifted students through Centres for Gifted and Talented [One Day Schools] currently located in Melbourne, reaching gifted students across Australia and Asia and professional learning for teachers in gifted education’. [Also listed in Victorian links.]
  • Directory of Schools for Gifted Children in Australia
    ‘Schools listed here have been nominated by one of our members as being relevant to providing effective programs for gifted children’.
  • New ! Finding a Gifted and Talented Program
    Raising Children Network. ‘Gifted and talented programs at school and in the community suitable for 1-16 years’. Multiple short sections and plenty of links.
  • Updated !Gifted and Talented Children [Kidspot]
    ‘Defining a gifted and talented child; Characteristics of gifted children; Tap into your gifted and talented association. If you think the information matches your child, what should you do next ?’
  • Gifted-Children.com.au
    ‘Providing support to parents of gifted children and their families, gathering and disseminating information about raising and educating gifted children and promoting the needs of these families within the community’.
  • Updated !Gifted Education : GERRIC
    Gifted and Talented education from a group at the University of New South Wales. News, resources, information for parents, teachers, students. [Also listed in NSW links.]
  • Updated !Gifted Resources Australia
    ‘Australia’s leading website for gifted resources. The next generation of online learning starts here. Our mission is to bring learning to all’.
  • Kids Like Us
    ‘The only organisation in Australia to offer a comprehensive support structure and a sense of belonging for twice-exceptional students through the provision of learning and emotional support, advocacy and peer-to-peer support. Community; Wellbeing; Education; Shop; Funding; Contact Details’.
  • New !Meeting the needs of Gifted and Talented Students
    ACARA. ‘Definition of students who are gifted and talented; Planning for students who are gifted and talented; Gifted and talented legislation, policies and principles; Links to state and territory resources; Planning for diversity;’ more.

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Other Information

  • New !Davidson Institute
    ‘Programs and Support for the Profoundly Gifted’. USA.
  • New !Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
    The page may not be fancy but the contents are fabulous. As described - ‘the all-things-gifted site, full of resources, articles, books and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike. Pick your path, and explore them all !’
  • New !Gifted & Talented [British Mensa]
    ‘British Mensa has about 1 700 members under the age of 18. They are full members of the society, and are offered the same range of benefits as adult members’. Their article New !Educating Gifted Children is quite good. UK.
  • New !Gifted Children’s Association of British Columbia
    Connecting to Support the Gifted. ‘The Gifted Children’s Association of BC aims to extend support in navigating the unique developmental journey of gifted children through advocacy, education and collaboration. Our vision is a society that recognises, values and responds to the diversity of giftedness’. Their New !Useful Links page is varied and extensive. Canada.
  • New !Gifted Development Center
    ‘A global leader in Assessment, Advocacy and Research for the gifted since 1979’. USA.
  • New !GiftedKids.ie
    ‘An Online Survival Guide for parents and teachers of gifted children in Ireland’. Ireland.
  • New !London GTi – Helping Teachers Challenge Learners
    ‘Our continued aim is to inspire teachers and raise the achievement of all learners through an inclusive approach to more able education’. Free resources, On-demand video and audio guides, more. UK
  • New !Mensa Canada - Parent Resources
    Scroll down the page for listings related to Gifted Education sites both in Canada as well as other countries.
  • New !National Association for Gifted Children
    ‘NAGC’s mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building and research. Information & Publications; Get Involved; Professional Learning’. USA.
  • New !New Zealand Association for Gifted Children [NZAGC]
    ‘The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children exists to promote the needs of gifted kids at national level and support and foster initiatives at local level which meet those needs’.
  • REACH Education Consultancy
    ‘REACH Education Consultancy is an agency created specifically to support schools in working successfully with gifted students. However, of most interest might be their Online Course, “Certificate in Effective Practice in Gifted Education”, already used by some Australian teachers as a professional development course.
  • New !World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
    ‘A world-wide non-profit organisation that provides advocacy and support for gifted children. The WCGTC® is a diverse organisation networking the globe with an active membership of educators, scholars, researchers, parents, and others interested in the development and education of gifted and talented children of all ages’.

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Reference

1. Gifted and Talented, Gateways, 7 November 2016. Web. 7 November 2016.
http://www.gateways.edu.au/gifted-and-talented.

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