Schools play a key role in supporting teachers to develop their teaching practice to meet the needs of high-ability students.
Planning for high-ability students at your school
Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO), schools should consider the teaching and learning of high-ability students in both their annual and day to day planning.
To assess the needs of your school, consider the following questions:
- How does your school identify high-ability students?
- What supports are in place for high-ability students?
- How effective are these approaches?
- How can the school’s leadership support teachers of high-ability students?
- Do you communicate to your school community and parents about high-ability students?
- How does your school celebrate high-ability students?
Implementing the Student Excellence Program within schools
The implementation of the
Student Excellence Program is designed to be streamlined and flexible.
Steps for schools:
- Teacher participation
- Utilise the high-ability toolkit
- School Participation
- Provide Access
Teachers and schools can build their knowledge and skills by:
- Collaborating with other participating schools in their network
- Providing opportunities for high-ability students to participate in local masterclasses with other students from their area
- Update the school website with a statement that explains the school’s approach to the education of highly-ability students
High-ability practice leaders
High-ability practice leaders can contribute to the leadership and learning of high-ability students in their schools and can choose to collaborate in their network. This may include participating in the following ways:
Within the school:
- The leader and champion of high-ability education
- Support their colleagues and be a point of advice in relation to high-ability students
- Coordinate students from their school to participate in the Victorian High-Ability Program (VHAP) and the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series (VCES).
Student Excellence Program for more information.
- Communicate their school’s approach to the education of high-ability students
Within the network:
- Champion for their school’s approach
- Collaborate with other high-ability practice leaders through professional learning opportunities
- Professional learning for high-ability practice leaders:
- A series of virtual professional learning sessions that focus on identifying and supporting high-ability students in Victorian classrooms
- Face-to-face workshops that provide a forum for high-ability practice leaders to connect and collaborate following the online professional learning sessions
Programs and centres for high-ability students
There are programs that offer high-ability students the chance to participate in engaging and challenging learning experiences.
Tech Schools use innovative, leading-edge technology and discovery to give Victorian secondary school students the skills they need to flourish in the global economy. They are a link between schools and industry to provide innovative learning programs.
- School for Student Leadership
- The network of six Victorian science and mathematics specialist centres:
Student Excellence Program for more information about the initiatives that support government primary and secondary schools.