Gifted and Talented Policy

attentionThe NSW Government aims to identify gifted and talented students and to maximise their learning outcomes in all public schools. School communities have a responsibility to develop effective and equitable identification procedures and developmentally appropriate programs.

1.Objectives - Policy statement
1.1

School communities have a responsibility to identify their gifted and talented students.

1.2

School communities have a responsibility to foster collaborative home–school partnerships to support gifted and talented students.

1.3

School communities have a responsibility to provide a range of opportunities and to monitor and evaluate programs for their gifted and talented students.

1.4

Teachers, with support, have a responsibility to identify the gifted and talented students in their classes.

1.5

Teachers have a responsibility to select and implement a variety of teaching strategies for inclusion in programs for the range of gifted and talented students in their classes.

1.6

Regions and schools have a responsibility to co-ordinate school provisions for gifted and talented students when it is feasible for more than one school to share this responsibility.

1.7

Regions and schools have a responsibility to provide opportunities for staff development in the education of gifted and talented students for principals, teachers and other appropriate personnel.

1.8

The Director-General has a responsibility to account for the implementation of Government policy and to report on the outcomes of schooling for gifted and talented students in NSW

2.Audience and applicability
2.1

This policy applies to all staff employed in State Office, regions, NSW public schools, their school communities and all students who attend public schools.

3.Context
3.1

Gifted and talented students are found in all communities regardless of their ethnic, cultural or socio-economic characteristics. The gifted population includes students who are underachieving and who have disabilities.

3.2

Giftedness refers to potential distinctly beyond the average for the student’s age and encompasses a broad range of abilities in the intellectual, creative, socio-emotional and physical domains. Talent denotes achievement distinctly beyond the average for a student’s age as a result of application to training and practice.

3.3

Educational practices promoted in the field of gifted and talented education draw on information about:

· the nature, identification and development of giftedness and talents in the school population

· the implementation of effective curriculum and instruction for gifted and talented students.

3.4

Document history and details

4.Responsibilities and delegations
4.1

The Principal is responsible for implementing the gifted and talented education policy.

4.2

The Director-General will nominate a senior officer at state level to have responsibility for policy on the education of gifted and talented students.

5.Monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements
5.1

Senior Curriculum Policy Officer, Gifted and Talented will monitor the implementation of this policy and will report, as required, to the Director, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre.

6.Contact

Leader, Primary Curriculum  (02) 9266 8473

Leader, Secondary Curriculum (02) 92445697


Document history and details

Approval date

30/8/2006

Approving officer

Director, Curriculum K-12

Implementation date

1/9/2006

Web publication date

09/12/2013

Superseded documents

This policy replaces:

  • NSW Department of School Education (1991). Policy for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students, Sydney.
  • NSW Department of School Education (1991). Implementation Strategies for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students, Sydney.

It is the responsibility of the user to verify that this is the current and complete version of this document, located at:
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