IGS recognises the need to provide a wide range of educational options to cater for the individual needs of students with high abilities. The main options for this include enrichment, extension and acceleration.
Within these three frameworks we provide rich program options that augment the curriculum at all year levels. Individual students’ strengths can be accommodated, thus allowing all Key Learning Areas (KLAs) to be met.
Our aim is to provide choices based on each student’s learning style or modality, domain strengths or specific learning areas. We use a variety of procedures to identify more able students.
To optimise the development of their potential and enhance a particular talent or range of talents, we provide students with diverse learning experiences. We promote a flexible approach to all learning opportunities.
Some specific interventions are initiated in the regular classroom by the teacher. Other flexible progressions might involve:
- early completion of a stage and entry into the next stage in one or more subjects
- vertical groupings of like-minded students in a subject area across a range of ages
- enrichment differentiation, allowing more able students to pursue a course of study in greater depth and breadth
- Various specialist classes and school groupings such as Independent Education Plans.
The School also offers a mentoring program to match individuals with experts in specific areas of interest. At primary level, IGS is involved in the annual HICES Camp for Gifted and Talented students.
Educational rigour, along with continual stimulation and encouragement, creates a strong framework for our more able students, with excellent results.
Literacy and Numeracy Support
The Literacy and Numeracy Support Coordinator consults classroom teachers on a regular basis to ensure that they work together to meet the needs of students.
Students may complete different forms of testing to see in which areas they need support. Most children are allocated 30 to 60 minutes a week, usually within small, appropriate groups.