Gifted & Talented
Gifted and Talented Education at Pulteney Grammar School
Pulteney will continue to offer programs and support for our gifted and talented students through the Challenge Program. As current research suggests that giftedness is developmental; there is no longer a ‘gifted for life’ label; students can plateau, whilst other students’ talents suddenly emerge. With this in mind, we aim to offer a range of programs to best meet the needs of all our identified gifted students, but also for students who may be showing signs of talent in specific domains.
The selection and identification process will continue to include teacher, parent and student nomination. Norm referenced testing using the Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) from the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) and NAPLAN results will be utilised. We have introduced a new assessment (AGAT) which assesses general reasoning ability. All results are collated to provide an overall picture of student performance. Students would need to place in the top 10% for any testing conducted.
Current educational psychological assessments (less than 3-years old) placing students’ intelligence quotient (IQ) in the gifted range will also be carefully considered, and suitable programs will be developed. Within this assessment there needs to be recognition as to where the strengths of the student lie as often gifted students are strong in certain areas and have identified weaknesses in other areas.
Once all data is collected and analysed, students will be invited to participate in the program. In some instances, students will be invited to be involved in subject specific extension in addition to what is being provided within class while some students will be involved in the program for the year. In Kurrajong, in class support will be provided initially.
I would encourage families to come and join us at a parent information session on Tuesday 13 February from 6:00pm to 7:00pm for Kurrajong and Prep Families in the Prep Library and Wednesday 14 February from 6:00pm to 7:00pm for Middle School and one ninety in the break out space on the ground floor in the Centre for Senior Learning.
Please book via trybooking for Kurrajong and Prep www.trybooking.com/UAON
and Middle and Senior School www.trybooking.com/UAOJ
I am looking forward to working alongside staff and parents as we continue to support and challenge our Gifted and Talented and highly able students at Pulteney. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries regarding the Challenge program.
Sue Mavropoulos Karen Kurczak
Gifted and Talented Coordinator Head of Learning Support