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Gifted students

The idea of differentiating instruction is an approach to teaching that advocates active planning for and attention to student differences in classrooms, in the context of high quality curriculums. (Tomlinson)

Runcorn Heights participates in a range of programs to extend the academic levels of our students. These children have special extension classes and then compete against other schools. This could include Maths Team Challenge, Maths Olympiad and Tournament of Minds which are organised across the region. Our Gifted Education Mentors and Head of Curriculum also support all classrooms in the teaching of Thinking Skills across the school by all teachers. 

Students are required to think in different ways to solve a myriad of problems in today’s word and in a variety of different situations.  Advanced learners often think differently, require extra planning time and to work with like-minded people or alone.  It is important to us at Runcorn Heights that these students are provided with opportunities to thrive.

Gifted Education Mentors (GEMs)

As part of the ongoing commitment to the extension of all advanced learners at Runcorn Heights State School, we have three of our teachers trained as Gifted Education Mentors.  These three teachers work in the early year’s section of the school, in the middle years and with the upper year levels.  They work together with their teaching cohorts, specialist staff and Administration, to ensure students have the opportunity to engage in a range of enrichment opportunities that advance their areas of interest and expertise.

Students achieving above their peer group or requiring extension are identified by their classroom teachers, Head of Curriculum (HOC), GEM or specialist teachers and are considered for addition programs within the school.   Teachers continue to provide a differentiated program for all students within the classroom, including their advanced learners. All student groups are given the opportunity to extend and consolidate their skills and knowledge. Teachers have teaching strategies to provide extension activities for the students in their care.