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Gifted and talented

Galston High School caters for the full range of academic abilities whilst recognising that some students have special needs that must be met.

We aim to identify gifted and talented students (GATS) and to maximise their learning outcomes. The nurturing of gifted and talented students is of great value to both the individual and their community/society. Three key questions are at the heart of our GATS policy:

1. Why identify gifted and talented students?

2. How will they be identified?

3. How will Galston High School meet their needs?

It is undeniable that if a school can more effectively meet the needs of its students then the outcomes of the teaching and learning will increase significantly. At Galston High School the purpose of the gifted and talented program is to recognize that gifted students have different needs, identify gifted students and implement programs that meet their needs.


Gagnés (2003) Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT) has been adopted in the revised NSW Department of Education policy. This model provides research based definitions of giftedness and talent that have a logical connection to identification and curriculum programs.

Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following domains of human ability: intellectual, creative, social and physical.

Talented students are those whose skills are distinctly above average in one or more areas of human performance.

Giftedness becomes talent as a result of training and practice. A gifted person will not become talented without application.


No single method of identification is appropriate for any gifted and talented students. Multiple criteria should be used and as much information should be gathered to obtain an accurate assessment of gifted and talented students within Galston High School.

Year 6 to Year 7 transition

Parents and students are to self nominate into the Year 7 gifted and talented program. 

Gifted and talented program evaluation

Teachers know the students and can make professional judgments on the student's ability and results across a range of areas. 

Year 7 and Year 8

The NAPLAIN tests give the school an opportunity to compare the performances of our students on a state wide basis and may indicate students for further testing. 

Year 9 and Year 10

Involvement of previously identified students in a variety of tests including national and state competitions and scheduled school examinations.

Individual classes

Across school initiative designed to increase the motivation of gifted and talented students by decreasing repetition of the curriculum.

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