Support for gifted and talented students

We have increased the range of opportunities for gifted learners to experience success and wellbeing.

The Gifted Education Package builds on gifted learners strengths and aspirations, and provides them with better support, in and out of the classroom.

The gifted learners education package includes:

  • Awards for Gifted Learners(external link) – Gifted learners in early learning up to school leaving age, in both Māori and English-medium settings, can apply for these awards to support their learning and pursue their passion. Parents or teachers can also apply on behalf of learners. There is one round of awards each year, with applications usually opening in September.

  • Awards for Teachers of Gifted Learners(external link) – These awards are for teachers currently working in early learning, primary or secondary schools in Aotearoa New Zealand, to support them in enhancing their skills so they can better support gifted learners. There is one round of awards each year, with applications usually opening in October.

  • A programme of events and opportunities for gifted learners is available across the country. More information about what is available can be found at Events and opportunities — link).

  • Additional guidance for teachers and kaiako to help them recognise and support gifted learners. To find out more visit Guide to identification and provision — link).
  • Expansion of online modules which enable gifted learners to learn alongside like-minded peers. Contact to apply.
  • Support for the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education to deliver and grow MindPlus (one day school) so gifted learners can access learning with like-minded peers. Applications, including subsidy options, are now open. Contact to apply.

Gifted learners — Tukuna kia rere(external link)

Gifted learners and notions of giftedness are diverse, both within and across cultures. Gifted children can be found in any family and in almost any classroom. Gifted children may need additional support support their wellbeing.

If you think your very young child might be gifted, you can read about how you can support your child, and get in touch with organisations that can support you in the early learning section.

Gifted very young children

The primary school section provides information for gifted school aged children.

Support for gifted students

More detailed information can be found at Gifted Learners — Tukuna kia rere(external link)

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