New direction for gifted students in regional schools

November 2, 2010

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Bright sparks can look forward to a better education at Kirup Primary School with a new focus on Gifted and Talented Education.

School Principal Kay Kuzich grabbed the chance to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education from Murdoch University – which was the first time the course has been offered specifically to regional teachers.

Ms Kuzich said: “The course has given me the clarity and direction for developing my whole school Gifted and Talented Education Policy and Plan.

“This will enable children in all year levels to be identified earlier and ensure appropriate provision in every classroom.”

The course was offered in conjunction with the Bunbury District Education Office and Murdoch’s School of Education Dean, Judy MacCallum, said that offering the course in Bunbury provided an opportunity for teachers to network with others from their local area.

“The location also allows teachers the opportunity to address issues specific to regional and rural gifted students,” Dr MacCallum said.

“The course has two core units, Contemporary Issues in Gifted and Talented Education and Educational Provision for Gifted and Talented Students, and the choice of a third unit.”

Dr Susan McKenzie, Coordinator of the Postgraduate Certificate, said: “It is so exciting to see teachers learning together, sharing ideas and making their learning about gifted and talented education come to life in their classrooms and schools.

“This benefits the local community and, most importantly, it means students in classrooms are engaged in their learning – teachers are providing opportunities for students to really take off in their learning and realise their potential.”

Gifted and Talented education challenges capable students to break through the expected levels of achievement.

The Postgraduate Certificate covers how to identify gifted students, including underachieving students or gifted students with learning difficulties, understanding giftedness, how to cater for emotional and social needs of Gifted and Talented students, and effective planning for gifted learners.

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