The success and wellbeing of gifted students is very important. Schools and teachers must provide learning which is different for gifted and highly able students. There is help available for teachers to meet the needs of gifted and highly able students. Parents and carers can get information about this from their school. There is also a parent fact sheet about Gifted and Highly Able Students.
Areas of Support
- Pre-school Children
- Early Entry to School
- Gifted Online Courses
- Support for Teachers
- Support for Parents.
From birth some children regularly do things that show they are progressing quicker than other children their age. This can be in one or more areas of development.
Parents are often the first to notice that their child is progressing quicker than other children. Research shows parents are the best source of information about their child’s progress, interests and learning style. Parents have an important role to play as their child’s first teacher.
Supporting Gifted Pre-school Children (985KB, PDF) has more information about gifted young children.
Early Entry to School
Early entry to school is for children who have been identified as being gifted. Under the Ministerial Instruction No 15 Early Entry to School (231KB, PDF), those children may begin school at a younger age. All applications for early entry to school are reviewed by the Early Entry to School Cross Sectoral Placement Committee.
Parents who want to find more about giftedness in young children and early entry to school should read Early Entry to School Frequently Asked Questions (202KB, PDF). There are also Guidelines (1027KB, PDF) to follow when applying for early entry to school.
If parents are thinking of applying for early entry they should contact the principal. This should be done early in the year before enrolment is requested.
Parents need to complete the form:
- Early School Entry for Gifted Students Application Form (255 KB, PDF)
- Early School Entry for Gifted Students Application Form (62KB, Word)
The application from should be given to the school by the end of August. This allows time for the committee to review the application. A psychologist must use the WPPSI IV test to find out the child’s level of cognitive development. Two versions of the form are below.
- The Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition, Australian Standardised Edition (WPPSI IV Australian) (44KB, PDF)
- The Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition, Australian Standardised Edition (WPPSI IV Australian) (40KB, Word).
Make sure the principal has seen your child’s birth certificate and signed the application form. Late applications are accepted.
All applications for early entry to school are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Families and schools will get a letter from the committee in October. This allows time for children to start pre-kinder if granted early entry.
Gifted Online Courses
Gifted Online courses are for gifted and highly able students. These courses are free to all schools. Courses are Prep to Year 10. Learners log into Canvas to find their learning. Canvas is an online learning management system. Teachers and learners can talk to each other online using the Canvas inbox. Learners can do their course at school and home. It is up to each school which students are offered places in Gifted Online courses. It is a requirement that students will do their course for 1 hour per week, while at school. Extra learning can be done at home.
Gifted Online programs are delivered by teachers who are very experienced in challenging gifted students. There are courses in all learning areas, but not Health and Physical Education. There are also courses in coding and robotics. Art and coding courses have Taster courses just for Term 1. Students who do well in Taster courses are able to continue for the full year.
Class Teachers and In School Teachers are also able to log in and see:
- student participation levels
- discussion posts
- student learning submitted
- feedback given to students and
- all the course content.
To find out more about Gifted Online courses please talk to your child’s class teacher. There is a parent fact sheet about Gifted Online courses.
There are competitions for students which allow them to show their talent and skills.
The Young Archies Awards is for portrait painting. Awards are presented in year levels for students between kindergarten and Year 12. Awards are given for the best portrait of a man, woman or child.
What Matters Tasmania is a writing competition for students. This competition is for students in Years 5 to 12. It is chance for students to write an opinion essay about what matters to them. For example what they would change if they could and the actions they would take to build a better society.
The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is a history competition for Year 9 students. This competition helps promote the meaning of the ANZAC spirit. Students respond to a selection of questions with an essay or audio-visual presentation. Prize winners study Australia’s part in the Great War by taking a study tour to visit significant World War I landmarks and battlefields.
More details about competitions are available on the Awards and scholarships for students page.
Year level acceleration is another name for grade skipping. There is a clear process for Principals and schools to use when skipping a grade might be helpful for a gifted learner. Acceleration of Gifted Students Procedures (543KB, PDF) explains how acceleration works. Questions and more information should be directed to your school principal.
Learning area or subject acceleration is for students who have a particular strength. This means the student learns at a higher year level of the curriculum in one or two areas. But stays with their age appropriate grade.
Support for Teachers
The needs of gifted and highly able students are all very different. They have strong interests, strengths and weaknesses. Extended Learning for Gifted Students Procedures (1018KB, PDF) outlines the roles and responsibilities for schools and the DoE to make sure gifted students are challenged.
The Manager for Gifted and Highly Able is able to work with teachers and schools. Sessions can be arranged by school leaders or principals.
School leaders, teachers and psychologists working with gifted and highly able students can do professional learning. A free full day course is held each year in March to help teachers understand giftedness. The course is called Gifted Insight.
There is a learning community of teachers who get monthly updates on:
- Teaching resources for gifted students
- School holiday programs
- Digital resources
- Conferences & workshops
- Professional learning
A self-paced Canvas course is available to all teachers at any time. The course is called Support for Extended Learning. Teachers will find information on:
- Identifying gifted students
- Learning plans
- A library of resources
- Twice exceptional students
- Under achievement
- Growth mindset
- Social and emotional development.
How to find out more
To find out more about gifted and highly able please email your questions to email@example.com.
Support for parents of gifted children
The Tasmanian Association for the Gifted (TAG) provides support and regular activities for parents of gifted children.