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Gifted and talented case studies

Improving the learning outcomes of gifted and talented students – Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme (AGQTP) project case studies.

In 2005, 50 lighthouse schools across the State participated in a Commonwealth-funded project that aimed to improve the learning outcomes of gifted and talented (GAT) students. Case studies documenting the experiences and progress of these schools will be progressively published here.

The primary schools involved in the AGQTP gifted and talented project are listed below. To view a case study select a school name and follow the link.

 School Region Case study

Coreen Small Schools Network (MS Word 600kb)


Coreen District Small Schools Network comprises four primary schools: Lowesdale, Balldale, Savernake and Corowa South.  Teachers worked collaboratively to produce a single gifted education policy for the network of rural schools

Erina Heights Public School (MS Word 637kb)Hunter/Central   CoastTeachers designed a differentiated program and effective teaching strategies to enhance the learning of gifted and talented students in the regular Stage 3 classroom
Hamilton South Public School (MS Word 619kb)Hunter/Central CoastA program of staff professional learning and stage team workshops was conducted to develop units for gifted and talented students in Human Society and Its Environment
Goulburn West Public School (MS Word 647kb)Illawarra/ South CoastA professional development package for staff and parents was developed and differentiated units of work were trialled with gifted and talented students
Prairievale Public School (MS Word 613kb)South Western SydneyPrairievale Public School has an enrolment of approximately 500 students with 90% being of non-English speaking background. Teachers worked individually with the gifted and talented co-ordinator to differentiate outcomes and/or units of work
Tamworth South Public School (MS Word 1649kb)New EnglandTamworth South Public School is a large, rural school. Their case study provides an overview of an action plan designed to educate teachers and the school community about gifted and talented students and to improve curriculum opportunities for them
Wagga Wagga Public School (MS Word 1114kb)Riverina 

At Wagga Wagga Public School the school executive made the provision of high-quality gifted and talented education programs a priority. It was decided to establish a Stage 3 enrichment class in 2005. The program was tailored to the school environment and community.

The secondary schools involved in the AGQTP gifted and talented project are listed below. To view a case study select a school name and follow the link.

School Region Case study
Alexandria Park Community School (MS Word 659kb)                       Sydney

Alexandria Park Community School is a dual campus, co-educational Kindergarten–12 school with an enrolment of approximately 400 students, about half being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. It is instigating a program to identify Aboriginal students with the Coolabah Dynamic Assessment Method developed by Dr Graham Chaffey

Bathurst High School (MS Word 612kb)Western

Bathurst High School worked closely with its three feeder primary schools, Bathurst Public, Eglinton Public and Bathurst West Public, to develop a program for Stage 3 gifted and talented students. Improvements were also made to the identification and curriculum programs for students enrolled in the school

Baulkham Hills High School (MS Word 720kb)

Western Sydney

Baulkham Hills High School, a selective high school, has an experienced staff, many of whom are skilled in using gifted and talented strategies daily. Lessons and activities across the key learning areas were developed that show how curriculum differentiation models can be applied to meet Quality Teaching criteria

Castle Hill High School (MS Word 650kb)Northern SydneyCastle Hill High School is a comprehensive, co-educational high school. This project enabled the development of a more cohesive and whole-school approach to the identification of gifted and talented students

Great Lakes College Tuncurry Senior Campus (MS word 907kb)


North CoastGreat Lakes College in the North Coast Region of NSW comprises three campuses: Tuncurry Senior Campus, Tuncurry Junior Campus and Forster Junior Campus. Methods for identification and a package for professional learning were developed primarily for the senior campus, but many of the initiatives were applied collaboratively across all campuses
Macintyre High School (MS word 519kb) New England

Macintyre High School wanted to determine how well they were enacting the State gifted education policy. To achieve these aims they used a planning matrix developed by the NSW Department of Education and Training to assess current programs and achievements

Rose Bay Secondary College (MS Word 692kb)SydneyA college-specific policy was developed for reference and implementation by parents, the community and staff. The design of a process-based flowchart and user-friendly identification checklist was emphasised
St Clair High School (MS Word 619kb)Western Sydney

St Clair High School has a unitised timetable that is organised each term. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all students including the gifted and talented. Students in years 7-9 select units to study that interest them. A policy and procedures document was developed that outlines its aims and provision for gifted and talented students

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