GIFTED AND TALENTED

Tui and Rising Tides

Cromwell College defines Gifted and Talented students as:

Gifted and talented learners are those with exceptional abilities relative to most other people. These individuals have certain learning characteristics that give them the potential to achieve outstanding performance (Ministry of Education, 2001).

Put another way, gifted children have the ability to “Go beyond the known” Students can be intellectually gifted, creatively gifted, gifted in physical ability, emotionally gifted, spiritually gifted, gifted in leadership, gifted in entrepreneurship and gifted in the arts.

At Cromwell College our aim is to assist students to turn potential into performance in all these areas, rather than a narrow focus purely on achievement based results. We also recognise that giftedness is affected by cultural values, for example Maori values, and we welcome these cultural understandings. We are also passionately committed to identifying, understanding and nurturing our “twice exceptional” learners – those students who are gifted, but with a learning difficulty which may stop them reaching their true potential (learning difficulties might be dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Aspergers). These “2E” students are at great risk, especially through adolescence, and the College aims to provide challenge, but also accommodation and remediation, if necessary, to cater for their individual needs.

How are Gifted and Talented learners identified at Cromwell College?

Narrow measures of giftedness and talent can tend to lock out many gifted students and here at the College we use a wide range of indicators, from the formal PAT tests or similar, to the holistic (and often correct) “hunch”. Nomination can come from testing, e.g PAT, Asstle; from parents (who as we now know, are 85% correct when identifying their child as gifted!), from teachers through subject ability and from peer recognition. We also have ongoing identification success from teacher intuition, i.e there is “something more there” that we can’t put our fingers on. Not surprisingly, more often than not, there is something more there! This approach is directly supported through literature which advocates an inclusive approach when identifying gifted students.

In 2017 we are trialing two new programmes Tui and Rising Tides.

The Rising Tides extension groups are divided into a withdrawal and non withdrawal programme. These students have access to a variety of choice, challenge that allows the student to strive for excellence and be able to work to a level that suits their needs.

The withdrawal programme called Tui operates for a group of Year 7, 8, 9 &10 students identified as 2E and have a customised programme that aims to challenge and engage these students.

Both Rising Tides and Tui will be flexible programmes in terms of what is working for each individual. This means at any point throughout the year we can communicate about whether the program is working best for them.

If you have any questions about these programmes please feel free to contact Kim Taylor kimtaylor@cromwell.school.nz or Charlotte Rawcliffe charlotterawcliffe@cromwell.school.nz