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.

Upcoming Seminars

Free Parent Seminar

Funded by the Department of Education

May 28, 2024
19:30 -
21:00

School Reluctance/refusal

Facilitated by Victoria Poulos, a panel discussion including a psychologist, parent and past student.

School refusal is a common struggle for gifted children which may stem from a variety of factors, including perfectionism, asynchronous development, heightened sensitivity, social anxiety and mismatched educational environments. During the session, we will hear from a psychologist, a parent and a gifted young adult and will explore the crossover between giftedness and school refusal. By examining the underlying causes, identifying early warning signs, and discussing effective strategies for prevention and intervention we can better support our young gifted students.This informative session is primarily for parents, but is equally helpful for educators and well-being coordinators

ONLINE
June 5, 2024
16:00 -
17:30

Presented by Amy Horneman

As teachers in mixed-ability classrooms, the question often arises, “How do I know if my student is gifted?” While this is an important question to address, as there are implications on our daily practice if a student is indeed ‘diagnosed’ as ‘gifted’, a deeper question is often not asked or adequately answered: “Why does it matter if my student is gifted?” This session, the first in a 2-part series, will unpack some of the current understandings in the field of gifted education about why it is important to identify giftedness in our classrooms, and the broader purpose of gifted education in our world.

Cost:
$88 GST Inclusive (Non-Members)
$44 GST Inclusive (VAGTC Members)
*Please note when registering for these seminars, TryBooking charges a .50c booking fee.

The session will be run via Zoom (link to be provided after registration).
Please note that this seminar will run subject to minimum registration numbers.

 

Our Publications

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:

Workshops

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.

VAGTC works with schools to develop customised seminars and workshops to cater for their professional development requirements.

As part of the VAGTC Membership, You are eligible for Free Membership at the Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT). To Receive this, you agree to pass on to them my email address, contact number, and postal address.