Advocating for gifted learners as they explore and develop their talents
The Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children (VAGTC) is a parent and educator-led not-for-profit organisation acting in the state of Victoria. We are committed to advocating for the identification and appropriate support, education, and development of gifted potential in children. Our organisation aims to help students who are gifted and talented by building a community that understands their specific needs and supports them. We want to provide gifted students, their families and their teachers with the tools and resources needed to realise their full potential.
Our goal is to create a brighter future for gifted and talented learners by implementing programs and working on initiatives that will have a lasting impact.
We believe that appropriate academic provision is a matter of justice for gifted students, and that society will benefit greatly from supporting them to reach their full potential. “High ability students are the next generation of leaders, problem solvers and innovators. Society as a whole will benefit from these students being given every opportunity to reach their full potential” — Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Gifted and Talented Education.
Seminars & Events
The VAGTC run seminars for parents, educators, and caregivers navigating the world of gifted and talented children. We know it’s a unique journey, filled with both wonders and challenges. That’s why we provide specially curated seminars, offering you knowledge, guidance, and insights on various topics related to gifted and talented children.
Our seminars cover a wide range of pertinent subjects, from understanding their unique social, emotional and educational needs of gifted children to devising strategies that stimulate their high-ability minds. Learn from experts, share experiences, and be part of a community that’s dedicated to nurturing gifted children.
Free Parent Seminar
Funded by the Department of Education
What is an ILP/PLP? Individual Learning Plan/ Personal Learning Plan
What does it look like? Does my child/ student need one?
These are plans to ensure that learning is delivered at the appropriate level and pace to match a child’s capability and needs. It is focused on personalizing curriculum and documenting plans to work towards clearly defined goals.
It helps if the student has access to intellectual peers at least part of every day (Rogers, 2002) so that the student has opportunities for extension (within the curriculum) and enrichment (outside the curriculum), amongst other things..
We will look at types of ILPs, what could go into them, how they are evaluated and what you can do to support the process.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A
Amy Horneman and Claire Reid
Cost: ($30 for non members / $10 for VAGTC members
As educators we feel obliged to justify extending the learning of students who seem very capable, and so we turn to quantitative data measures such as standardised testing (PAT, NAPLAN etc) or classroom assessment grades and scores. This session will provide you with practical ideas ways of identifying giftedness beyond numerical data. You will have the opportunity to workshop using observational and behavioural checklists, and triangulating alternative (and qualitative) data sources in order to better identify giftedness in the students within your classrooms. The workshop will be interactive, so please bring your questions!
VISION magazine, Australia’s unique biannual publication for families and educators of gifted children, combines expert insights and community contributions. It’s distributed to VAGTC members, educators, and education departments.
Additionally, the VAGTC Resource Book, updated biennially, provides a thoroughly researched compendium of resources for gifted education. Stay updated with your VAGTC membership to access these resources, or purchase individually via our online shop.
Resources & Support
Support For Parents
Discover if your child might be gifted and how to support their unique potential. Explore our comprehensive guide detailing early signs of giftedness, educational strategies, and expert advice. Unravel your questions with our dedicated FAQs and enrich your understanding of your child’s needs.
Support For Educators
Empower your teaching journey with our VAGTC 2016 Resource Book – a well-curated tool for educators dedicated to nurturing gifted and talented students. Dive into authenticated resources, attend our professional development seminars, and embrace a curriculum tailored to challenge these unique learners.
Support For Children
Explore a world tailored for gifted and talented children with VAGTC. From educational resources to competitions and community engagement, we’re here to help them reach their potential.
Organisations & Links
Discover a wealth of resources curated by VAGTC to aid the development of gifted students. From external links to our invaluable Resource Book, we’re committed to your success. Explore more and stay updated with our latest developments on our Resouces Page.
Become a VAGTC Member
Enjoy the following benefits when you join VAGTC:
The VAGTC supports the aspirations, achievements, and opportunities of Victorian students by supporting the professional development of early childhood professionals and teachers, and connecting parents with their children’s learning. Safe, supportive and inclusive schools celebrate and protect diversity and understanding of others, acknowledging the right of every child, no matter their background or ability, to achieve the best possible outcomes at school.
The VAGTC Regional Seminars provide participants with up-to-date research and best practices to identify underachievers, nurture talent potential and support social-emotional development both at home and in the classroom.
We work closely with the Department of Education, Victoria (DET), Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) as well as experts in the field of gifted education to develop and deliver workshops and seminars across Victoria.