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Partnership announced to support gifted and talented students

By 10 July 2014 2

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch yesterday announced a new partnership with Gateways Education to help ACT public schools provide focussed support to gifted and talented students.

“The Education and Training Directorate will work with Gateways Education to provide 12 professional learning sessions for school leaders and Gifted and Talented Liaison Officers at ACT public schools over the next three years to ensure students are able to reach their full potential,” Ms Burch said.

Gateways Education has more than 13 years experience in providing professional learning development to Australian schools to help educators offer a range of programs for gifted and talented students.

The sessions will cover a range of specialist topics that align with implementation of the ACT’s newly-released Gifted and Talented Students Policy, including:

Information and strategies covering implementation of the Policy
Differentiating the Curriculum
Assessment practices for gifted learners
Intervention for twice exceptional and under-achieving gifted students.

“High performing students need tailored and unique learning education programs and the ACT Government is committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to receive the education best suited to their individual gifts and needs,” Ms Burch said.

“The contract with Gateways Education, which runs to July 2017, will ensure that the Gifted and Talented Students Policy is comprehensively implemented in ACT public schools and that importantly, students receive the educational benefits.”

Bronwyn Macleod, Director, Gateways Education, said the organisation was looking forward to sharing its expertise in the education of gifted and talented learners with

teachers and Executive staff within ACT public schools.

“We are committed to partnering with the Education and Training Directorate to establish a strong, research-based understanding of the differentiated curriculum and programs which may be developed in public schools for gifted and talented learners,” Ms Macleod said.

The Gifted and Talented policy and fact sheets are available online at www.det.act.gov.au

(Media Release Joy Burch)

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2 Responses to Partnership announced to support gifted and talented students
#1
housebound10:06 am, 11 Jul 14

If only it were true. So many promises over so many years from so many teachers. I have no confidence this one will be any different, other than hoping the involvement by Gateways will help. DET’s track record is one of failure and excuses.

#2
nyssa19763:22 pm, 11 Jul 14

Great idea, shame the focus on who needs to be trained more.

When you train up school leaders and ‘coordinators’, you forget the teachers who actually have to teach the gifted and talented students (or any students with needs). Use these sessions for all teaching staff to participate in and maybe, just maybe, it will work out well. Denying those who need the professional development more and focussing solely on those higher up the food chain, you are going to fail.

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