Gifted and Talented (GATE)

Under the National Administration Guideline 1 (iii) (c), the Carmel College Board, through the Principal and staff, are required since 2005 to:

  1. Use quality assessment information in order to identify students who have special needs.
  2. Develop and implement teaching and learning strategies to meet their needs.

A gifted student is one who is capable of outstanding performance and potential in any of the following areas: academia, bodily kinaesthetic, visual spatial, musical, creative and thinking skills, leadership, spirituality and ethics”. The Ministry of Education intention is that effective Gifted and Talented programmes have personalised learning that recognise giftedness and talent in these areas.

Identification Process

Students who have been previously assessed by an educational psychologist as gifted should be referred to the GATE coordinator in the first instance, with a copy of the supporting documentation. Other indicators may include: teacher or coach observations, high performance (e.g. national and world level), academic results, standardised testing, whanau/peer/self-referral, questionnaire feedback.

The key roles of the GATE Co-ordinator are:

  • Guide the development of a sound research based school policy to support gifted provision
  • Ensure the school uses a multi-method identification process, taking into account the nature of the school’s particular community.
  • Maintain a register of gifted and talented students.
  • Consult with whanau.
  • Make recommendations about class placement, EOTC programmes etc.
  • Liaise with senior management staff regarding staff professional development regard gifted and talented learners.
  • Liaise with teachers, heads of departments and other groups to support their provision for gifted and talented learners.
  • Regularly review gifted and talented provision at the school.
  • Keep senior management and the Board informed about the schools provision and future needs for gifted and talented students.
  • Regularly review and evaluate the school’s gifted and talented provision.

If your child has been identified as gifted or you believe your child may be, please contact