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Extended Learning for Gifted and Highly Able Students

Extended Learning for Gifted and Highly Able Students

The principles of equity and excellence addressed in the Department of Education Strategic Plan 2014-2017, support the entitlement of all students to an appropriately engaging, challenging and rewarding education. The Department’s Extended Learning Program provides procedures and resources for schools, extended learning opportunities for students and professional learning support for educators, to enable schools to provide this entitlement for the gifted and highly able students within their population.

1. Early entry to kindergarten

Early entry to kindergarten is a provision made for children who have been identified as gifted to begin kindergarten at a younger age than is usual. Parents interested in finding out more about giftedness in young children and early entry to kindergarten should read the document called: Frequently Asked Questions about Early Entry to Kindergarten [TASED-4-1792] below.

Details about the process of applying for early entry to kindergarten on the basis of giftedness are outlined in the document entitled: Early Entry to Kindergarten for Children who are Gifted Guidelines [TASED-4-1160] below.

If parents/carers wish to apply for early entry to kindergarten for their child, they should contact the principal of the school at which they want to enrol their child by the last Friday in August of the year prior to enrolment to allow time for assessment of their application.

The Early School Entry for Gifted Students Application Form [TASED-4-3559] below is to be completed and forwared to the school by the end of August (mid term 3).

Psychologists assessing children for early entry to kindergarten are encouraged to use the preferred testing instrument: the Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition, Australian Standardised Edition (WPPSI IV Australian).   


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2. Extended learning opportunities

The Centre for Extended Learning Opportunities (CELO) Online programs form part of the eLearning Programs service. CELO Online assists schools, teachers and parents in improving the engagement and motivation of students who are highly able and gifted from Prep to year 10.

The programs provide online extension and challenges across a wide range of learning areas. They are matched to the linguistic, mathematical, creative and technological capabilities of gifted and highly able students. The CELO Online brochure provides an overview of the current programs available through CELO Online.

Students are selected by schools to participate in CELO Online programs, based on their advanced development or the potential for advanced development in relation to their age peers at the local school level. The enrolment form for schools is available from eLearning programs.

The Department of Education also supports a range of awards and scholarships for students including; the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize for year 9 history, the What Matters? writing competition and the Young Archies Awards for portrait painting.

What Matters? is a writing competition for students in government schools from years 5 to 12. It provides an opportunity for them to write (and have published) an opinion essay about what matters to them in society today; what they would change if they could and the action they believe should be taken to build a better society. Further details are provided in the poster, criteria and competition entry form.

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is a history competition for year nine students that helps promote and preserve the meaning of the Anzac spirit in the Tasmanian community. Students respond to a selection of question with an essay or audio-visual presentation. Prize winners have the opportunity to study Australia's participation in the Great War by taking a study tour to visit significant World War I landmarks and battlefields on the Western Front in Europe. Further detail are available on the Teacher Information Sheet.

The Young Archies Awards are modelled on the famous Archibald Prize for portrait painting. Awards are presented in grade categories,(from kindergarten to year 12) for the best portrait of a man, woman or child, created by a student in a Tasmanian government school or college. Further details are available on the Young Archies Information Sheet

Further details about all awards and scholarships are available from Awards and scholarships for students.

3. Professional learning for educators

School leaders, teachers and psychologists in government schools who are working with gifted and highly able students are invited to join a collaborative online community called ‘Support for Extended Learning’.

The community provides ongoing professional learning through events and guest experts; online dialogue; as well as access to information, research, resources and practical strategies relating to the learning, social and emotional needs of gifted and highly able students.

To join the online community, contact the Curriculum Officer Extended Learning, Ros Cocker email:

4. Other enquiries

Inquiries about provision for the education of gifted students in Tasmanian government schools can be directed to the Curriculum Officer Extended Learning:

Ms Ros Cocker
Phone (03) 61655775
Fax (03) 6233 5080

5. Support for parents of gifted children

The Tasmanian Association for the Gifted (TAG) provides resources, support and regular activities for parents of gifted children. Their web site has details at

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