Support for gifted and talented students

Gifted or talented children can be found in any family and in almost any classroom. Most gifted children need support to reach their full potential.

How do I know if my child is gifted?

If your child is gifted they'll show high intelligence or aptitude in certain areas. Most children need to repeat something 7-11 times to learn something new. A gifted child may only may need to repeat something 1-3 time in an area they have special ability. Your child may also show some of these signs:

  • exceptional (amazing) use of language
  • an ability to concentrate on complex tasks for a long time
  • asking lots of questions
  • being exceptionally coordinated.

What's the difference between gifted and talented?

If your child is gifted they will have high intelligence or aptitude. If your child is talented they will have a high level of performance in areas such as music, art, craft, dance or sport. Gifts or talents can be different within the context of ethnicity or culture. For example Māori ideas of giftedness include personal qualities as well as abilities, and are grounded in Māori kaupapa.

How can I support my gifted child?

If your child is gifted they'll need support to identify and develop their special abilities, and to achieve their full potential.

Schools and kura can also help you to identify whether your child is showing signs of giftedness or a special talent. Talk to your child's teachers or Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) if your school has one.

Enrolling your child at Te Kura (the Correspondence School)

You may decide to enrol your child at  Te Kura  as well as their usual school. This is called a dual enrolment. Te Kura can provide specialist programmes or curriculum adaptations to extend your child's learning. It offers distance learning through a mix of media.

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