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Kia ora, Talofa lava, Fakalofa lahi atu, Ni sa bula, Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Taloha ni. Greetings and welcome to Awards for Gifted Learners.
Are you looking for a challenge? Are you always asking questions and wondering why? Do you want to spend time with a master carver? Would spending time with a highly skilled musician or writer inspire you? Do you have a creative project in mind or a hypothesis you want to test? What would extend your exceptional sporting ability? Do you have an issue to explore with your curious mind?
We have awards that can support your learning and challenge you to try something new, or extend you in areas you’re already involved in. Be creative when thinking about extending yourself. This will be unique to you and your whānau, hapū, iwi or community. You can apply on your own or apply as a group with some friends or classmates.
Out of the box thinkers can make out of the box applications. Make it fun for you.
The awards are available for gifted learners from early childhood until they leave school.
Funding will be given for a 12-month period.
Information for whānau
We can help you keep your tamariki learning and growing. Through these awards we provide funding support for activities that challenge your tamariki and their learning in a way that suits them. As people of Aotearoa, we know that giftedness is culturally diverse and varies within communities. Our purpose is to nurture tamariki learning where individuality and diversity is accepted.
Tips for Teachers
Teachers what else might support your insatiable learners? Encourage your learners to consider these awards that are designed specifically for them. Look for potential as well as demonstrated performance.
These awards are for:
As an applicant, you will need to have the backing of an adult who knows you and understands your abilities and is able to support you to access the opportunity your award will provide money towards.
You can only receive one award every 12 months.
Priority will be given to first-time applicants.
We are unable to accept retrospective funding applications for opportunities you have already undertaken.
All award applications will be considered with reference to The Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities (NELP)
All award applications will be considered with reference the Learning Support Action Plan 2019-2025
When the application round is open, the link will be available at the top of this page. The Awards usually open on 1 September each year. Keep watching this site for more information.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your application must include the following elements:
You can provide your proposal in writing, or you might prefer to submit a video. Use whatever method allows you to best tell your story.
The maximum length for a written application is 5 A4 pages.
The maximum time for a video clip is 5 minutes.
The panel will not consider any material that is longer than those limits.
Make your proposal within one document or video. Not more than one attachment, please.
The proposal must:
Include an outline of what you want to do. Include as much information as you can about the activity, challenge, or opportunity you want to take part in – who it is run by, when, where, and if others will also take part. If appropriate, include how you will be supported during the opportunity.
Include a description of how the opportunity will:
extend and challenge your learning. This could include how it will help you progress or complete a project, task or activity;
develop your exceptional ability. The types of skills and abilities that are thought of as a gift or exceptional talent will vary from culture to culture;
positively support your social and emotional well-being;
develop your connections with other people and communities.
Inform us about your interests and things you have been involved with already to give us an idea of what you are passionate about. We want to have a good sense of who you are.
Include an outline of the overall cost of the opportunity, an indicative budget, and the total amount you are seeking. If your proposal has more than one activity show how much each will cost.
Please make sure your video is clear, concise and easy to view. We don’t expect you to have professional filming equipment, so using your phone or computer is absolutely fine. We recommend you review your footage before submitting it, to ensure the sound and image quality is sufficient to get your message across. Avoid submitting anything that’s too shaky, loud or inaudible. We suggest asking a friend or family member to help you with the filming so you can concentrate on telling us your story.
You can upload your video to Vimeo, YouTube or Google Drive. In your application, you will be asked to provide the video URL and password (if applicable). Please ensure the video link will be available for access for 3 months after application.
If uploading through Vimeo, please note you will need to have an upgraded account.
If uploading through YouTube, please ensure your video is unlisted in privacy settings.
If uploading through Google Drive, please ensure your video allows anyone with the link to view.
Your application will need to be supported by someone who knows you or your group’s gift or exceptional ability best. This could be a teacher, parent, kaumatua or specialist in your area of interest. Their support of your application should be included with the information you provide.
It would be helpful if they could cover these points:
How they consider you or your group to be gifted or have exceptional abilities.
Include a description of how the opportunity will:
Their confirmation that you’ll have the necessary support to participate in the opportunity you’re applying for. For example, supervision, transport, access to technology or anything else the opportunity requires.
It must be clear that the opportunity will be an appropriate environment for you and if there are any measures in place to ensure this.
You can upload a maximum of two supporting letters.
This could be a bank deposit slip or bank statement (should not be more than 3 months old, transaction details can be hidden) signed or stamped by the bank.
It should clearly show the bank logo, bank account number and bank account name. This allows us to verify the bank account.
Get someone who knows you well to look over your application to make sure you’ve included everything we’ve asked for.
Remember to let your passion and enthusiasm shine.
If you are an adult applying on behalf of a gifted learner or group of learners, ensure that we can get a good sense of the student’s voice or voices throughout the application.
A panel will then meet to review all of the applications and recommend awards.
We will contact you to confirm the outcome of your application, approximately 6 weeks after the applications close.
The Ministry of Education (the Ministry) collects the personal information you provide in your application to:
We may also use collected information to report on the awards, but you will not be identified or identifiable in any such reports unless you consent to this.
Some questions in the application require an answer. If you do not provide the required information or documents, your application will be incomplete and we may not be able to process it.
The Ministry will do its best to protect the personal information submitted as part of the award application. The information will be confidentially shared with the Gifted Awards Panel members who assess applications. The Ministry or a Panel member may contact your nominated adult supporter to seek further information about your proposed project. We will also share the names of learners who receive an award for MindPlus fees with the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE) on a confidential basis, to assist them in allocating MindPlus fee subsidies.
You have the right to request access to information the Ministry holds about you and to ask to have it corrected if it is wrong. If you would like to access information relevant to your application, or if you have any privacy questions, please contact us at email@example.com
Can I apply if I don’t have a report that says I am gifted?
You don’t need a report to show that you or your group are gifted or have exceptional abilities. Your application does need to set out what you consider to be your gift or exceptional ability, and include the support of a suitable adult who can testify to your application.
All learners are unique and the types of skills and abilities that are thought of as a gift or exceptional talent will vary from culture to culture.
How much can I apply for?
The maximum amount you can apply for is $2,500 for an individual and $5,000 for a group application. Awards can either contribute to the cost of an opportunity or to fund it completely. The group application must have 3 or more applicants and have a common project that benefits all the group members.
Can I apply for funding for MindPlus Fees?
Yes, you may apply for one term of MindPlus per 12 months. The Ministry of Education will inform New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education (NZCGE) of learners who receive an award for MindPlus fees.
My application is longer than recommended, what should I do?
Look over the list of things needed in the application and remove unnecessary information. Ask someone else to review it for you.
I’m under 18. Do I need an adult’s consent?
Yes, you will need a parent or guardian to give consent. This could be included in your written proposal or uploaded as a support letter.
Who is eligible to apply for these awards?
These awards are for gifted learners or groups of learners who identify as gifted or have exceptional abilities, from early childhood until they leave school. They are available for New Zealand residents, New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand.
When do the awards open?
There is one round of Awards per year. Application for 2023 will be from Friday 1 September to Monday 9 October
How do I apply?
The link to the application form will be available at the top of this page when the award round opens. Attach your proposal, support document and proof of bank account to the form.
Can I apply on behalf of my child or a child in my school/kura?
Yes. Parents, whānau or teachers can apply on behalf of learners. If you are applying on behalf of a student, please note that we will be looking for evidence of the student’s voice or voices throughout the application. The application must be something they want to do.
What sorts of things can I apply to do for this award?
You can apply for anything – as long as you can tell us how it will extend your learning, develop your exceptional ability, and support your wellbeing.
Can I make the application in Te Reo Māori?
Yes. If you wish to submit your application in Te Reo Māori, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there any other information or support for gifted learners and learners with exceptional abilities?
This website Gifted Education/Tukuna kia rere includes lots of information and links to further support.
Who can I contact if I have more questions about the award?