A new package of support for gifted education was announced by Associate Education Minister Hon Tracey Martin on 27 February at MindPlus East one-day school, hosted at Riverina School in Pakuranga, Auckland.
The package recognises that gifted learners and notions of giftedness are diverse, both within and across cultures.
The package of support includes:
- Part-funding for one-day schools to enable gifted learners to access learning with like-minded peers. Applications are now open and will remain open as long as places are available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
- Awards for gifted students for school-aged learners (or groups of learners) who are gifted or have exceptional abilities to extend and challenge their learning and support their wellbeing. It enables them to complete a particular project or activity in areas that may be quite different from their usual learning. Applications for the first round are now open and close on 22 March. There will be two rounds of awards each year.
- A programme of events, experiences and opportunities. Details of the new programme will be announced in March.
- Expansion of online modules. Improved access to online modules which enable gifted learners to learn alongside like-minded peers. Contact email@example.com to apply.
- Additional guidance for teachers and kaiako to help them recognise and support gifted learners. This will be released in March.