Professional learning

The High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) Policy becomes mandatory for all NSW public schools P-12 on day 1, Term 1 2021. School leaders and teachers should familiarise themselves with the policy, engage with professional learning and plan for its implementation.

Latest news - Term 2, 2022

Due to revised NESA Accreditation of Professional Development Courses Policy announced by the Minister for Education on 29 November 2020, some courses may be impacted. Refer to course codes when checking course schedules and availability on MyPL.

NESA has introduced interim arrangements that will be in place until 31 July 2021. As a result, HPGE P-12 professional learning course accreditation may have changed.

The DEL/PSL Package has been updated for 2022 with new presentiations, resoucres and videos, and is now differentiated for recommended early (Tier 1 ) and later (Tier 2) focus areas. The package is designed for all those who lead learning for high potential and gifted students.

The High Potential and Gifted Education Professional Learning and Resource Hub supports school leaders and teachers to effectively implement the High Potential and Gifted Education Policy in their unique contexts. In the Hub you will find:

  • Tier 1 PL (policy familiarisation and planning) courses
  • New Tier 2 PL (policy to practice: delivering):
    • Course 1: Finding high potential across all 4 domains
    • Course 2: Evidence-based talent development
  • Acceleration support package
  • Differentiation support package
  • Action research resource
  • Domain specific discussion papers
  • DEL/PSL package (updated for 2022)

Further online professional learning is also available for the ‘Revisiting Gifted Education’ literature review, and the ‘Differentiation Adjustment Tool’ (DLS version).

Joining the High Potential and Gifted Education P-12 Yammer group and state-wide staffroom will enable you to stay up-to-date with the most recent resources and announcements regarding professional learning.

Professional learning framework

To support schools to effectively implement the policy, 4 tiers of professional learning of increasing sophistication and depth is being developed and delivered in alignment with the school planning cycle. Schools can access the professional learning tiers at varying rates due to differences in individual contexts, needs and school plans.

Tier 1 courses available (policy familiarisation and planning)


Tier 1 Policy into practice - familiarisation and planning

Tier 1 professional learning courses range from 2 days to 30 minutes.


The school leaders (2 days) course is delivered online over 2 non-consecutive days. The course is designed specifically for those who will be leading the implementation of the HPGE Policy in their school.

The course includes a HPGE Policy evaluation and planning component. Participants have mid and post course deliverables.

In preparation for the course:

  • those with no background in HPGE are encouraged to complete the HPGE 5 hour teachers online course
  • those with a background in HPGE or those who have attended Tier 1 HPGE events since 2019 are encouraged to complete the Tier 1 entrée course or 5 canapé courses of their choosing.

The course is included in the department’s curated list of quality professional learning: the Priority Professional Learning Selector.

The Tier 1 online learning teachers' course consists of 12 self-paced online learning modules. A variety of responses and tasks are required as deliverables.

The orientation entrée online course is delivered by HPGE professional learning facilitators. The 2.5 hour session provides a brief overview and orientation to the HPGE Policy, guiding principles, policy development and research on effective strategies.

  • 30-minute online elective professional development for leaders and teachers
  • designed for those who are unable to attend the more comprehensive face-to-face options or would like to unpack some of the key concepts of the HPGE Policy.
  • HPGE Policy - unpacking high potential, gifted and highly gifted (NR26694)
  • HPGE Policy - guiding principles (NR26766)
  • HPGE Policy - talent development (NR26784)
  • HPGE Policy - 5 key actions (NR26785)
  • HPGE Policy – potential versus performance (NR28064)
  • HPGE Policy – why and how (NR28058)

These courses:

  • can be completed by individuals, groups or networks
  • unpack one key concept or principle in the High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) Policy
  • provide participants with reading, stimulus material and discussion questions.
  • NEW - contain a canapé chat video where the HPGE team and guests discuss the material covered

Tier 2 courses available (policy into practice series: delivering)


Tier 2 Policy into practice - delivering

Tier 2 professional learning courses support school leaders and teachers to commence effective implementation of the High Potential and Gifted Education Policy.

This self-paced online course is accessed through the High Potential and Gifted Education Professional Learning and Resource Hub.

The course comprises 7 modules:

  • module 1 - Finding high potential across the four domains
  • module 2 - Leading and supporting teachers
  • module 3 - Finding high potential (intellectual domain)
  • module 4 - Finding high potential (creative domain)
  • module 5 - Finding high potential (physical domain)
  • module 6 - Finding high potential (social-emotional domain)
  • module 7 - Finding unrecognised high potential

The course aligns with the High Potential and Gifted Education Policy key action: assess and identify the specific learning needs of all high potential, gifted and highly gifted students.

The High Potential and Gifted Education Policy statement points that are most relevant to this module include: 1.2, 4.1.2 and 4.2.1.

Tier 2 course two includes 2.5 hours of self-paced online professional learning differentiated for leaders and teachers.

This self-paced online course is accessed through the High Potential and Gifted Education Professional Learning and Resource Hub. The lessons include:

  • Introduction, policy and definitions of talent development
  • What does the research say?
  • Evidence-based talent development
  • Applying your understanding
  • Next steps and final development of a talent development plan.

The course aligns with the High Potential and Gifted Education Policy key action: implement evidence-based procedures, programs and practices that meet the learning and wellbeing needs of all high potential and gifted students and facilitate talent development.

The High Potential and Gifted Education Policy statement points that are most relevant to this module include: 1.1.2, 1.4, 4.1.1, 4.1.3, 4.2.2, and 4.2.3.

Contact

For more information about professional learning, contact High Potential and Gifted Education P-12 at hpge@det.nsw.edu.au.

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