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:
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. There are two rounds of awards each year. Award submissions are open from 26 July to 30 August for the October 2019 award. Details about how to apply can be found at Awards for gifted learners.
Awards for teachers to access learning opportunities – to increase their skills for supporting gifted learners. The funding is flexible to make learning opportunities more accessible for busy classroom teachers. Teachers can identify opportunities that will fit with their timetable and location. This may be a formal qualification or an informal learning opportunity – such as a programme, mentorship, spending time with another teacher or other things available in your community. There will be two application rounds per year and the first awards will be available in the 2020 school year. This will complement the more formal post-graduate qualification that will be available from 2021.
A programme of events, experiences and opportunities. Details of the new programme can be found at Events and opportunities for gifted learners.