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High Potential and Gifted Education

High potential and gifted education

The Department of Education has an extensive policy regarding the implementation of high potential and gifted education (HGPE) programs within school.

At Concord High School, our HPGE program runs from Year 7 to Year 10 and is focused on extension and enrichment, to enable students’ potential and giftedness to be transformed into talent and high performance.

Students will experience effective evidence-based talent development programs including differentiated learning activities in the classroom and additional enrichment and extracurricular activities. Students have the opportunity to explore their own unique passions and have a level of autonomy over what they learn and how they learn it. Each student co-designs an individual plan with the support of the HPGE coordinator to ensure they reach their full potential.

Students are expected to take part in various challenges and academic competitions. Students may have the opportunity to participate in advanced learning pathways and acceleration.

How does my child apply for the HPGE program?

There are several ways that students may be identified. 

High potential and gifted education application process for Year 7 students 2024

HPGE applications for Year 7 students entering our school in 2024 will open on Tuesday 28 February 2023. Applications involve:

  1. Online student and parent/carer questionnaire to be completed by Wednesday 26 April 2023. You can download a hardcopy of the online application form here (DOCX 19 KB)
  2. In the student section of the questionnaire, they will be asked to show their potential by responding to the question, What Matters To You? Students can respond by creating a persuasive text in an essay-style format (maximum 600 words), or a video (between 1 minute 30 seconds and 2 minutes). Students are encouraged to be creative in their responses. Written responses should be summited in PDF format. Videos should be submitted as MP4 or mov files. The maximum file size for videos is 100 MB.
  3. The questionnaire will also require the following to be uploaded:
  • the student's latest academic report (Year 5 semester 2 report for most students)
  • latest NAPLAN results, most recent electricity bill as proof of residential address
  • student's birth certificate
  • evidence of Australian citizenship if both parents of the student were born overseas
  • passport and visa for permanent residents.

While copies of the documents are accepted for the HPGE application, original documents will be required later if the student is offered a formal enrolment at our school. Parents will also need to provide 100 points of proof of residential address.

Correspondence will be sent to applicants on the progress of their application in May 2023. Applicants may be required to attend an interview. The school may contact applicants' primary schools to confirm details of the application.

Successful applicants will be notified in June 2023.

Australian Citizens, New Zealand citizens, permanent residents living within catchment area at the time of application are eligible to apply. Non-local applicants are ineligible.

After the initial Year 7 intake

  • Teacher Identification: Teachers have the responsibility to monitor their students’ learning and progress. They may approach the student, parent, or HPGE coordinator to identify a possible HPGE candidate. 

  • Self-Referral System: If students and parents wish to self-nominate their learners, they may contact the HPGE coordinator.

Concord High School also offers a growing range of HPGE activities within the school, including:

  • Public Speaking and Debating

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) opportunities

  • A wide variety of extra-curricular activities and clubs (Maths Club, Robotics Club, Enviro Club, Science Club, History Club, Girls Sports Group, B.A.S.S)

  • Opportunities to participate in academic competitions (ICAS, Poetry competitions, What Matters)

  • Participation in ongoing cross-curricular project-based learning experiences designed to stretch students’ abilities and enable them to pursue their passions. A variety of incursions and excursions (Sydney Writers Festival, Claymation, Science Week, Historical Inquiry Excursions, Entrepreneur Workshops)

  • Professional learning for staff in the use of High potential and gifted education strategies through GERRIC (Gifted and Talented Research Resource and Information Centre)

Goal Setting 

Students in Year 7 to Year 10 who are identified as gifted or having high potential meet with expert teachers to set their SMART goals for the year. These goals are developed for each of their academic and non-academic achievements across the year. This allows students and class teachers to closely monitor performance and ensure that our talent development programs are meeting students’ identified needs.

Underperformance Referral System

Referral system High Potential and Gifted students who are not achieving their potential will be referred by classroom teachers to the HPGE Coordinator and Head Teacher Teaching and Learning. This is to support underachievement and their learning. 

  1. Teacher identifies underperforming HPGE students and contacts home (2 points of contact must be made by classroom teacher before HPGE coordinator contacts)
  2. Teacher identification of underperforming HPGE student and makes referral on Sentral
  3. Follow up and referrals to other school referrals if required
    • HPGE coordinator interviews student, reflects on goal setting and contacts classroom teachers, parents/guardians
  4. The identified student is supported by the classroom teacher and HPGE coordinator for 5 weeks. At the conclusion of the referral period, the HPGE Coordinator will make a recommendation of class choice to support student learning.