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.
The High Potential and Gifted Education (HPGE) Policy became 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.
The DEL/PSL Package includes presentiations, resoucres and videos, and is now differentiated into Tier 1 and 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
- 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
- Evaluation and Planning Tool
Further online professional learning is also available for the ‘Revisiting Gifted Education’ literature review.
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.
Policy into practice: familiarisation and planning
- Designed for school leaders and teachers
- Progressively developed and released from T3, 2019 onwards
- Differentiated and flexible professional learning options range from 2 days to 30min
- 2 Day leaders' course
- 1 Day teachers' course
- Half-day entrée course
- 30 min canapé courses
Policy into practice: delivering – core courses
Courses are aligned to six policy statement points (1.1-1.6)
- Progressively released from 2022 onwards:
- Course 1: Finding the potential and recognising HPGS needs across all domains of potential (1.2)
- Course 2: Evidence-based Talent development across 4 domains for HPGS (1.4)
- Course 3: Leading a culture of high expectations (1.1)
- Course 4: Meeting the needs and aspirations of HPGS from all backgrounds across the continuum of potential (1.3)
- Course 5: Social-emotional learning, wellbeing and community (1.5)
- Course 6: Leading learning through engagement with quality research to improve growth & achievement of HPGS (1.6)
- Mandatory implementation of HPGE Policy begins January 27, 2021
Policy into practice: sustaining and growing – specialisation and extension courses
- 2023 onwards
Policy into practice: excelling – high potential and gifted education resource hub
- 2024 onwards
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 a 10 hour lead level accredited course delivered in a range of modes:
face to face over 2 non-consecutive days
online over 2 non-consecutive days
blended – over 4 sessions
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)
- 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.
For more information about professional learning, contact High Potential and Gifted Education P-12 at email@example.com.