Ministry of Education

Gifted Learners

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Professional Learning and Development providers

C.A.G.E. The Canterbury Association for Gifted Education


Professional support

C.A.G.E. is an educational organisation for teaching professionals to provide support for those working with gifted and talented students. Its aim is to provide professional development and support for teachers through regular meetings and workshops, in all areas of gifted and talented education. These areas include the academic, physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the gifted and talented.

Gifted NEX

Regional, national, online

Gifted NEX is a national Network of Expertise established to improve the quality of education offered to young gifted New Zealanders. Gifted Aotearoa is funded by the Ministry of Education, providing support to principals, management, teachers, Gifted Education Co-ordinators, LSCs, SENCOs and RTLBs in New Zealand Primary and Secondary schools through sharing professional expertise, growing local networks, nurturing local leadership and developing professional pathways.

Currently delivered by the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education, with the support of a Reference Panel and Regional Facilitators.

To find out more about how you can benefit from Gifted NEX or to register for the network, visit:

IPL - The Institute of Professional Learning Te Whai Toi Tangata


Professional support

Te Whai Toi Tangata The Institute of Professional Learning (IPL); University of Waikato, offers support in Gifted education. Vivienne Russell is an experienced school leader and accredited facilitator who works alongside key stakeholders in kura/kāhui ako/school/ECE settings directly or through Regionally-allocated MOE PLD.

In a collaborative and Te Tiriti o Waitangi led approach to strategic change, Vivienne designs and delivers learning that is responsive to localised needs. Face to face and online short courses/workshops are also delivered on a regular basis.

ECE settings, schools, kura, kāhui ako and those in specialist roles can be assisted to:

  • understand giftedness and gifted learners
  • utilise an appreciative approach to self review and strategic planning
  • develop capability and confidence to cater appropriately for gifted learners
  • establish processes to identify the needs of gifted learners
  • build meaningful relationships with whānau within a holistic and personalised approach to learning
  • implement school-wide culturally responsive provisions for gifted learners
  • integrate effective teaching and learning practices for gifted learners
  • apply for centrally funded PLD.

Vivienne also supports educators in specialist roles. Learning Support Coordinators appreciate the indepth support that Vivienne provides as they develop their roles and implement the Learning Support Action Plan in their contexts. This support has included leadership of change in their communities and building internal capacity to realise the intent of the Learning Support Action Plan, including Priority Five focusing on gifted learners.

If Gifted education is an element of your PLD programme please contact: to assist in preparing for this.

Massey University


Massey University offers undergraduate papers, a postgraduate diploma in specialist teaching (gifted and talented education) and Master of Specialist Teaching endorsed with gifted and talented education. The Specialist Teaching papers have been totally rewritten in 2021 and align with other endorsement areas under the Learning Support banner. Delivered via online mixed online platforms the paper covers theory and practice and is supported collaboratively via distance and contact courses. MoE study awards are available for these papers.

Please email for more information about the Gifted Endorsement.

NZAGC - New Zealand Association for Gifted Children

Support for gifted learners, parents and professionals

The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children NZAGC exists to promote the needs of gifted kids at national level and support and foster initiatives at local level which meet those needs. Our Constitution puts this more formally as:

NZAGC will champion the cause of gifted children at home and in their schooling and beyond. NZAGC will foster the educational and social development of gifted children through the achievement of a climate in which giftedness is recognised understood and accepted as a valuable human attribute and in which the special needs of gifted children are met effectively and with generosity.

The NZAGC provides an environment where gifted children their parents teachers and other education professionals can meet and learn from each other and help each other.

NZCGE - New Zealand Centre of Gifted Education

National and regional support for educators

Part of the vision of the NZCGE is to provide a suite of wrap around services to support gifted children. Through their Consultancy Services they aim to work alongside educators, parents and other adults to help them better support their gifted children. Professional Learning and Development opportunities can be grouped into the following:

  • Professional Learning and Development workshops on wide variety of topics associated with understanding and meeting the needs of gifted learners.
  • Support with design of school-based programmes.
  • Mentoring for teachers with responsibility for gifted education in their school.
  • Resource Teacher Support for the design of personalised plans for students.
  • Professional Learning and Development on the Framework for Depth and Complexity.

Potential to Performance


Established in 2018, Potential to Performance provides online courses and face to face support for educators, parents and students, providing practical inspiration. Our director, Brooke Trenwith, spent four years as President of the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC) and as a New Zealand representative on the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She was also project leader of the MoE Te Toi Tupu contract on gifted education. Brooke has sat on MoE reference and advisory groups and is an MoE accredited facilitator.

Nearly 1000 educators across all sectors of New Zealand’s education system are taking advantage of Potential to Performance’s affordable and accessible online professional learning and development courses. Able to be purchased as a one-off course or in a value-added subscription model, these practical courses are gaining rave reviews from teachers and leaders alike.

Pricing options allow you to sign up one educator or all the staff in you kura or kāhui ako. This means that all staff can get access to personalised PLD support when and where they need it.

The Potential to Performance homepage offers a range of free resources and two particular bundles are worth investigating for those that wish to improve on their support of our gifted learners:-

Conscious Inclusion Bundle This course is recommended for any kura wanting to improve their inclusion practice. It covers both ends of the spectrum and promotes connections to all children within our classes. With 12 additional courses being added each year, this course includes (but is not limited to):

  • Introduction to gifted and talented education
  • Building self-efficacy
  • Introduction to differentiation
  • Learning for most impact
  • Introduction to multi-exceptional
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • 35 tips for gifted kids and those who raise them
  • Working with students with down syndrome
  • Using the Williams Matrix Model
  • Intensities and overexcitabilities

Supporting Wellbeing Bundle Focused on supporting those students that need us most, these courses work with New Zealand experts like Brooke Trenwith, Michael Hempseed and Vanessa White to turn theory into practice.

An additional 10 courses are added per year on the subscription model. The bundle includes but is not limited to:

  • Preventing suicide in schools
  • Wellbeing in our gifted rainbow students
  • Sensory processing issues
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Gifted identity and toxic shame
  • A culturally-responsive tiered approach to trauma informed practice
  • Finding help
  • Safe to learn
  • Working with aggressive young people
  • Anxiety and depression



Certificate of Effective Practice in Gifted Education

NZQA microcredentials – 15 credits at Level 6

Available nationally and online.

Developed especially for New Zealand and running since 2006, this 13-module course features:

  • Illuminating insights into the world of the gifted learners
  • A strong focus on practical strategies achievable for classroom teachers at all levels – strategies which also meet the need for a bi-cultural and inclusive approach
  • Individual guidance throughout from an expert practitioner in the field
  • Access to a wealth of resources and readings for your ongoing guidance
  • Realistic fee structure

Key concepts on giftedness

The REACH website now includes a special section on key ideas for those working with gifted learners, including an important new definition written for Aotearoa New Zealand with bi-cultural content, plus an introduction to three valuable strategies.

Other support for teachers and parents

REACH also offers a a special Status Analysis package for schools, a guiding vision statement for all teachers,a parent page, thought-provoking reading material and current news items.


TGC The Taranaki Gifted Community Trust


TGC Trust / The Head Office in Taranaki

TGC Trust offers professional learning opportunities for educators in Taranaki, to support schools in meeting the needs of students with advanced yet complex learning needs. The TGC Trust provides two professional development opportunities free of charge for all our cluster schools (schools who are contributing and referring students to the locally developed The Head Office programme). The TGC Trust also provides links to resources for schools, a termly focus newsletter and support for GATE representatives or Principals.

Meeting the needs of gifted learners can be complex and overwhelming, particularly with the competing demands of teaching today. TGC Trust aims to provide an easy to access portal, with quick, efficient and practical resources and documents that can have a true impact on your gifted learners. Please email to find out more.

University of Auckland


Post-graduate Opportunities In Gifted at University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university in the QS World University Rankings 2020. Our post-graduate course in gifted – EDUC 738 – is going to run again during semester 1 from March to June 2022. It is available to everyone with an interest in gifted, regardless of the focus of their first degree. Therefore parents, teachers and others who want to find out more about gifted are welcome. The course qualifies for both the Ministry of Education fees subsidy and the Awards for Teachers to provide PLD in gifted. The qualifications it contributes to are listed on the coursefinder page on the link below.

In 2022 it will be a blended course; there is a 2 day face-to face compulsory component at the end on March with the rest of the course being online. Students are able to target their study to focus on whatever area of gifted is of interest to them. It can assist practice and go towards a PG certificate; the course can also contribute towards a master’s degree. Here is the current link to the course outline Click on EDUC 738 Gifted Learners: Meeting their Needs

Contact Janna Wardman:

Victoria University


Victoria University provide several courses in Gifted Education at various levels. Some are taught online.