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High potential and gifted education

The Department of Education and communities has an extensive policy regarding the implementation of high potential and gifted education programs within school.

School communities have the responsibility to:

  • Develop effective and equitable procedures for identifying high potential and gifted education students
  • Implement developmentally appropriate programs for gifted and talented students
  • Foster collaborative home-school partnerships to support high potential and gifted education students

Teachers have responsibilities to:

  • Design and implement a variety of teaching strategies for inclusion in programs for the range of high potential and gifted education students in their classes


At James Busby High School we have dedicated programs for each year group as well as differentiated units of learning in every classroom, ensuring enriched teaching and learning activities are implemented to nurture the development of high potential and gifted education students.

Giftedness refers to potential distinctly beyond the average for the student’s age and encompasses a broad range of abilities in the intellectual, creative, socio emotional and physical domains.

Talent denotes achievement distinctly beyond the average for a student’s age as a result of application to training and practice.

James Busby High School also offers a growing range of HPGE activities within the school, including:

  • A wide variety of extra-curricular activites and clubs
  • Opportunities to participate in academic competitions
  • Public Speaking and Debating
  • Participation in Project Based Learning
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) opportunites
  • Professional learning for staff in the use of High potential and gifted education strategies through GERRIC (Gifted and Talented Research Resource and Information Centre)
  • High Potential and Gifted Education student workshops focussing on problem solving and enrichment activities
  • Enrichment and talent development programs for Year 7 and leadership development programs.

Applications for the Year 7 HPGE Program 2023 at James Busby High School can be downloaded from the links below (See About the Test - below).

  • All students will be eligible to apply for the class
  • The class will be primarily determined through a short diagnostic test  in the domains of literacy and numeracy
  • HPGE applications are due to be submitted to the school administration office no later than 3:00pm on Monday, 28 November 2022. 

The placement panel will consider a range of data including:

  • James Busby High School HPGE test results
  • Latest Primary School Report
  • Year 5 NAPLAN Report
  • Participation in external competitions
  • School enrichment programs
  • Previous leadership experience
  • Parental comment on nomination form
  • Student comment on nomination form


Students will remain in a core class for English, Mathematics, Science, HSIE, PDHPE and LOTE

About the Test

The test targets literacy and numeracy skills of students and includes problem solving activities and an extended writing task. The test is generated, administered and marked locally. The cost of this test has been waived for 2022.

Application Package for Year 7 2023 (PDF 3.24MB)

Nomination Form for 2023 (PDF 135KB)