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Keeping a GATE register

A GATE register is important because you do need to be able to:

  • Identify students as gifted and talented.
  • Outline their gifts and talents.
  • Outline any provision methods that have been put in place for these students.
  • Identify any key areas of support.

Not all GATE students will require an IEP or a TDP (Talent Development Plan) so there does need to be a record kept on how the school is helping these identified students reach their potential. 

The GATE Team needs to decide how the register will be kept and the process for maintaining it.

The following, adapted from Cathcart (2011), gives suggestions for creation of your register:

  • Decide on the function of your register to help you determine what information it include.
  • Which of these points do you need to keep in a register?
  • Which do you need to keep in an attached database?
  • How will you use your register?

Other New Zealand schools have suggested: 

  • Learn about your school’s Learning Management System – how can you utilise it to keep the register?
  • Have GATE students identified on the roll using a # (or other symbol) so that staff know to refer to the register for more information when working with this student.
  • Set up the GATE register on a Google Doc so that other staff can access it and add comments.
  • Ensure any information from Educational Psychologist reports or RTLB/other assistance are entered into the register or on to the student’s notes.

Possible functions of a GATE Register (adapted from Cathcart, 2011):

  • To keep a record of who has been identified as gifted and their specific needs.
  • To enable you to readily locate students with ability in a specific field who may be grouped together or targeted for a specific relevant activity.
  • To keep a record of the provisions actually made for each student who has been identified as gifted so that you can check that each individual’s needs are being adequately met.
  • To monitor the individual student’s response to provisions made.
  • To keep a record of any special achievements by the student.
  • To show you how a student was identified so that you have a source of reference if you need further information about the student.
  • To assist in writing reports and providing other documentation (eg applications for scholarships) for individual students.
  • To provide basic data to assist in evaluating the school’s provision for its gifted students, support requests for resources, etc.