Curriculum provision to gifted and talented students.
Defining 'Gifted' and 'Talented'
The following definitions reflect the distinction between potential and performance. They recognise the factors involved in developing a student’s giftedness into talent.
Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains of human ability: intellectual, creative, social and physical. Giftedness designates the possession and the use of outstanding natural abilities, called aptitudes, in at least one ability domain, to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers in the school.
Talented students are those whose skills are above average in one or more areas of performance. Talent designates the outstanding mastery of abilities over a significant period of time. These are called competencies (knowledge and skills). Outstanding mastery is evident in at least one field of human activity to a degree that places an individual at least among the top 10% of age peers in the school who are or have been active in that field.
Collaborative management of curriculum provision;
A collaborative team approach is used in the management of curriculum provision to gifted and talented students to provide consistent and continuous identification processes school-wide. This team oversees the support of student learning and:
- establishes identification and provision processes for gifted and talented students at the school
- monitors these processes
- negotiates and endorses a course of action for each student
- establishes a school-wide process for determining whether acceleration (year advancement) is appropriate when planning provision for a student already identified as gifted and talented and whose needs are not being met through differentiation and enrichment.
- ensures the maintenance of ongoing monitoring and comprehensive records.
As appropriate to the school context, this team provides a range of expertise and could include:
- the principal (or other school administrator)
- a teacher with expertise in gifted and talented education
- teachers who have undergone professional development in gifted and talented education
- the Guidance Officer
- Support Teacher (Literacy and Numeracy).