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 in diagrammatic form. Other models are also noted in the document listed above.
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.
This page looks at Gifted programs, system support, associations, support groups and other information for all Australian states & Territories plus other Australian information.
The Second Page looks at information that includes research, media, related programs and other sources of information about the gifted.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
- Early Entry and Accelerated
Overview and flowchart of steps.
- Early Entry to School Parent Factsheet
- Gifted and
Policy document for ACT schools.
New South Wales
- 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. Selective high schools cater for gifted and talented students who have superior to very superior academic ability which is matched by exceptionally high classroom performance’.
- Gifted Families Support Group
‘Run solely by volunteers, GFSG Inc. focusses on bringing together ‘like-minds’, providing a vast array of supportive events and highlighting the needs of gifted children within our community’.
- Gifted and Talented Policy
- New South Wales Opportunity C Classes
Classes for Gifted and Talented students in Years 5 and 6 in some government schools in NSW. A full listing is provided.
- Gifted and Talented
‘A professional learning resource package that is designed to support early identification of gifted and talented students and focusses on maximising their learning outcomes, consistent with the Department’s Gifted and Talented Policy’.
- Gifted and Talented Secondary Teachers’
Yahoo! Group site.
- Policy and Implementation Strategies for
the Education of Gifted and Talented Students
This is the major document with a second document which outlines some of the strategies that can be used.
- Selective High Schools
‘Providing an educationally enriched environment for highly achieving, academically gifted students.’ Departmental overview.
- Selective High Schools and Opportunity
‘NSW public schools offer a range of opportunities for gifted and talented students including opportunity classes and selective high schools’. This section covers Key Dates, Policy, Student experience and more.
- Sydney Catholic Schools Gifted
Nine section document also covering guiding principles, procedures, explanatory notes, appendices and more.
- Gifted Education - Department of
The following can be accessed from this page :
- Gifted Education Guidelines
- Gifted and Talented Education Policy
- Gifted Education Policy Appendices
Appendices 1 to 12, can be downloaded individually from this page.
- Gifted Education Policy, Supporting Document - Parent
Schematic suggesting process for parent recommendation.
- Gifted Education Policy, Supporting Document - Teacher Process
- Curriculum Provision to Gifted
and Talented Students
Education Queensland policy statement. A Supporting Information : Gifted and Talented Student statement is also available.
- Early [and delayed] entry to
Overview, parent document, more.
- Queensland Academies
‘state schools for highly-capable students in Years 10 to 12’.
- Queensland Government Response to the Evaluation of the
‘Independent Evaluation of the Queensland Academies [the Evaluation] in 2011. A summary of the findings and recommendations is provided’.
- Variation to
School Age Entry Enrolment
‘Outlines practices associated with approval of variations to school age entry when a child or a student’s ability, aptitude and developmental capabilities suggest that an alternative placement to regular age-based enrolment is required to maximise their learning’. Catholic system, but based on Education Department document.
- Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children
Check Free Information and Resources for documents, literature associations, websites, more.
- Gifted and
Specialised courses and programs, Ignite program, support, IEPs, related information. Select from the options listed on the page.
- Gifted and Talented Children and Students Policy
- Gifted & Talented Children’s Association of SA
- Acceleration of Gifted Students - Procedures
Early Entry into Kindergarten of Gifted Students
This provides information on the Guidelines for this area. You can also access FAQs here.
- Extended Learning for Gifted and Highly Able Students
Overview page which includes several documents including the Early School Entry for Gifted Students Application Form.
- Extended Learning for Gifted
Students - Procedures
Document covering these.
- Gifted Students - Checklist for Parents
This provides a checklist for use by parents. It is part of the early entry application form.
- Tasmanian Association for the Gifted Inc.
Contact details, information.
- Gifted Education
Home page for this area. Sections include :
- Aiming High : A
Strategy For Gifted And Talented Children And Young People, 2014-19
‘outlines Actions To Support Victoria’s Gifted And Talented Children And Young People To Reach Their Potential’.
- Early Entry to University
‘The age of minimum enrolment age varies across Victorian universities’. Several are detailed.
- Making a Difference
for Young Gifted and Talented Children
Includes sections such as Identifying Gifted Children and Working with Families.
- Select Entry Accelerated Learning
‘Aims to address the learning needs of gifted and high potential students who are capable of working at a significantly faster pace and in greater depth than their age peers’. Scroll down for this section.
- Selective Entry High Schools
The Schools, How to Apply, Practice Tests, Sitting the Examination, Outcome of the Application.
- Gifted Support Network Inc.
‘Supporting families with gifted children in Melbourne’.
- Vic. Association for Gifted & Talented Children
- Gifted and Talented
Portal entry which covers all aspects of this area.
- Gifted and Talented Education Programs
- Gifted and Talented information for Parents
- Specialist Programs
Selective Schools, academic programs, Arts programs, Sports programs. Use the menu on the left. Also check the Your Role page for parents.
- Primary Extension and Challenge
‘A part-time program for public school children in Years 5, 6 and 7. Children are tested in Year 4 and are selected to participate in a range of innovative and challenging programs’.
- Resources & Links
For students in all years.
- WA Gifted & Talented Children’s Association
‘Serves gifted and talented children, their parents and their teachers’.
- New !
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’.
- 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’.
- Envisioning the 2020 School
‘Explores the impact of technology on school education over the next two decades’.
‘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’.
- Gifted Education - Austega
Australian site providing resources for parents and those interested in gifted children and their education. One good page is their Gifted Links Library.
- Gifted Education : GERRIC
Gifted and talented education from a group at the University of New South Wales. News, resources, information for parents, teachers, students.
- Gifted Resources
Multiple directories. Especially good for listings on gifted/talented ability in students and adults, links and more. Check their Website Lists.
- Gifted Services
Annotated links to other sites, particularly in Australia.
- Is your child
gifted and talented ?
Kidspot. ‘Here’s how to identify and nurture children who are gifted and talented - even if they do seem to struggle in other ways’.
- Kids Like Us
‘Striving to raise awareness and support within the Australian education system for the modifications twice-exceptional students require’.
- REACH Education Consultancy
We know it is based in New Zealand ! ‘REACH Education Consultancy is an agency created specifically to support schools in working successfully with gifted learners.’ 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.
1. Gifted and Talented, Gateways, 7 November 2016. Web. 7 November 2016.