Department of Education

Forms of Provision

The Gifted and Talented Policy and supporting Guidelines outlines two forms of provision for gifted and talented students in Western Australia; supplementary and school based.

These programs should focus on broadening individual students' knowledge and skills. We want all students in our schools to achieve the highest standards of learning possible so that they are equipped to deal effectively with the opportunities and challenges they encounter in a changing world. We want them to be enthusiastic about learning, in safe and supportive learning environments.

We want motivated and capable teachers and school leaders, who feel valued and supported in their work. This site aims to support all teachers and school communities in their understandings of gifted education and guide the professional learning needed to ensure the needs of gifted and talented students are met.

Both forms of provision should:

  • cater for individual needs of students through a differentiated curriculum;
  • provide further extension in those topics or areas in which the students are demonstrating exceptional ability;
  • enable opportunities for students to undertake studies in related topics or learning areas;
  • allow students to undertake studies in different and additional areas of interest;
  • make more time for students to study important areas in which less satisfactory progress is being made;
  • include opportunities for accelerated progress in specific subject areas or across the curriculum; and
  • enable access to a range of additional programs.

Parents need to be informed about the progress of their gifted and talented children. The school should advise them about plans to address students' specific needs through school-based and supplementary provision. Where a number of options exist, these should be discussed with both students and parents.


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