Supporting gifted and talented students to shine – Have your say

Supporting gifted and talented students to shine – Have your say


All Victorian teachers are invited to have their say on the education of gifted and talented school students now and into the future.


The Victorian Parliament has asked the Education and Training Committee to examine the education of gifted and talented students. ‘We’re interested in hearing the views of all those involved in education in Victoria,’ said the Committee’s Chair, Mr David Southwick MP. ‘We want to hear what is working well, where the gaps are and what we should be doing better.’


Giftedness and talent may take various forms, and is not just limited to academic achievements. ‘Students may be gifted in areas relating to art, music, sport or interpersonal skills,’ said Mr Southwick. ‘Under this broad definition between 3 and 15 per cent of the population is considered to be gifted.’


The Committee will consider how well current policies and programs cater to the special needs of gifted and talented students throughout the state.


‘We’ll also be looking at the role of teachers in identifying and responding to gifted and talented students. This will include examining teacher training and the support that teachers and school leaders need to cater for these students,’ said Mr Southwick.


The Committee will also examine underperformance in gifted and talented students and how to address negative attitudes and misconceptions about giftedness and talent.


Submissions to the inquiry close on 31 May 2011. Sharing your thoughts and experiences will help the Committee make recommendations to the Victorian Government to ensure the best educational outcomes for gifted and talented students.


The Education and Training Committee is an all-party Committee made up of members from the Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.


Further information about the Committee and how to make a submission to the inquiry is available at www.parliament.vic.gov.au/etc or by calling 03 8682 2823.

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