In the Headlines

This resource page highlights the most recent inclusion of gifted education matters in Australian Media.


How to identify, understand and teach gifted children – The Conversation

22 January, 2019

Penguin 3 year old Jordy Pearce barred from kinder for being a week too young – The Advocate

17 January, 2019

‘Tasmanian Association for the Gifted president Lynne Maher said she would like to see the Department using its discretion.
“It would be lovely to see a little flexibility. Particularly if you have a child who is above the IQ cut-off and appears to be school ready.
“Entry to school is an opportunity to capture their passion for learning.”’


Parents, coaching industry sweat on new selective schools test – The Sydney Morning Herald

2 December, 2018

Toby’s three years ahead of his peers, but he says he’s being held back – The Canberra Times

2 December, 2018

Virtual selective school goes to the top of the class – The Sydney Morning Herald

16 November, 2018

Why Bright Girls Struggle: When Ability Doesn’t Lead to Confidence – A Mighty Girl

8 November, 2018

How to tell if you’ve got a gifted and talented child, and what to do about it – ABC News

22 October, 2018

Gifted and talented school children helped to reach their full potential through MAC program – ABC News

21 October, 2018

Gifted Awareness Week (GAW) Australia – Asia-Pacific Federation newsletter


Issue 5 No. 1, 2018

Blueprint to Ditch School Reports and Age as Yardstick for Teaching The Weekend Australian

22 February, 2018

Rich Kids Rule in Selective Schooling – The Australian

12 February, 2018

‘…Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented vice-president Melinda Gindy said there were questions around whether the testing process was reaching “all students of all social, economic and geographical locations”.

Ms Gindy, whose organisation has backed the departmental review, said the system needed to ensure “equality of access”.

“What’s happening is children who are gifted, as in having that natural ability in that top 10 per cent of that population, are missing out on a position in a selective school or an opportunity class for a range of reasons,” she said.

“Maybe they don’t perform well in tests or they are geographically isolated, or they might come from a poor family whose priority is paying rent or getting food on the table,’’ Ms Gindy said’.

Selecting the Right Path for Gifted Students – The Sydney Morning Herald

15 January, 2018

‘While many gifted and high-ability students are highly suited to selective schools, and indeed thrive in such environments, it must be recognised that selective schools are not for everyone. For some students with advanced abilities, options such as academic acceleration, in one or more subjects or year levels, may be more appropriate; for others, special provisions within the mixed-ability classroom in a comprehensive school are perfectly fine. Still others may benefit from one of the other educational interventions, such as mentoring from experts, which the research has demonstrated to be suitable for different sub-groups of gifted and high-ability students.

As recognised in a recent statement by the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT), the existence of selective schools in all of their various forms is essential for the opportunity and choice that needs to be made available for gifted and high-ability students’.

Open up Selective Schools for More ‘Inclusive’ Education, says Rob Stokes – The Sydney Morning Herald

9 January, 2018

Push for the International Baccalaureate to be in NSW public schools – The Sydney Morning Herald

6 January, 2018

Education Plan to Supercharge Gifted Program – The Daily Telegraph

6 January, 2018




Design Thinking as TPL with Lesley Henderson – Teachers’ Education Review

10 December, 2017

Australia’s Gifted and Talented Deserve a Better Deal – Education HQ

21 August, 2017

‘…Lesley Henderson…president of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT), says few teachers have any background in this area.

“To my knowledge, only three universities that offer initial teacher education (ITE) courses have a compulsory topic in gifted education – all three in NSW,” she says.

“Without professional learning about gifted students, teachers in schools are ill-prepared to understand how to cater for the most able students.” Jung agrees.

“You can’t really blame the teachers because they haven’t had training in gifted education. And a lack of training in gifted education, perhaps also influences the attitudes of teachers toward gifted education”.

“They may rely on common stereotypes, that gifted students will look after themselves; gifted students don’t need anything special, this sort of thing. I think this is a very unfortunate situation”.’

Sharing CSO’s Gifted Strategy with the World –

28 July, 2017

Selective Schools are Failing our Children. We Don’t Need to Build More – ABC News

26 July, 2017

Selective Primary Schools? What a Terrible Idea for Children – The Guardian

25 July, 2017

Selective Primaries an Option but the Gifted Need More – The Sydney Morning Herald

24 July, 2017

“The new (NSW) gifted and talented policy is highly anticipated, but it is essential that our pre-service and educational professionals are provided with the support they deserve to implement it.

The parents of gifted children are often disheartened to discover how little teachers learn in their teaching degrees about the learning needs of their children and how few tools teachers are given to help them with what can be a challenging task. This leaves everyone stranded – teachers, parents and, most of all, students”.

NSW Should have ‘Selective Primary Schools’ for Gifted Children: Academic – The Sydney Morning Herald

22 July, 2017

‘Jae Jung, a senior lecturer in the University of NSW’s school of education and a lead researcher of gifted education, said primary schools modelled after the state’s 48 selective high schools could be the solution to Australia’s “neglect” of its brightest students that is leading to its sliding performance at the international level.

“We’re not taking care of gifted students at the lower primary level,” Dr Jung said. “The earlier educational intervention is provided, the more likely their potential will be realised.

“These are the students who will find cures to major medical conditions and make a real difference to the lives of others, but they’re the ones we’re neglecting.”’

Schools IQ Test Plan Aims to Boost Chances for Smarter Kids from Poorer Backgrounds – The Daily Telegraph

21 July 2017

Selective Entry Test to be Overhauled Amid Coaching Concerns – The Age

21 July, 2017

‘Jae Jung… said gifted students should be given as much attention as special needs students’.

UNSW Conference: Helping Gifted kids Through Better Education Techniques is Key – The Daily Telegraph

21 July, 2017

Gifted Children on a Different Path to Adulthood – The Australian

21 July, 2017

How Should we Support Gifted Kids? – ABC Radio

20 July, 2017

Are We Leaving our Brightest Children Behind? – SBS

26 April, 2017

‘…Melinda Gindy points out that studies show parents are more often than not accurate in their assessment of a child’s intellect.

“If there is a discrepancy between what is being observed at home versus school, the response should be ‘let’s see if we can get to the bottom of why that is’ rather than [let’s] doubt that the child is really that bright and assume the parent just has over-inflated ideas of their child’s ability,” says Gindy, who’s also the vice-president of the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented.

“One of the difficulties surrounding parent advocacy for their gifted children is that there is a social stigma around giftedness.”

“Parents didn’t ask for their kids to be gifted, they’re not ‘pushing’ them by asking for their needs to be met in the classroom.”’

Gifted and Talented Kids: How do you Nurture a Curious Mind? – ABC News

17 April, 2017