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Funding for gifted education programmes

Funding for gifted education programmes

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced the successful recipients of funding for gifted education initiatives.

Twenty-one groups from around New Zealand, including schools and private organisations, were selected to share in the government’s contestable funding pool, which was established in 2002 to support gifted education programmes.

Helen Clark also announced a further $200,000 every year to increase the funding pool for initiatives in gifted education to $1.4 million every year.

Helen Clark made the announcements at the official opening of the Gifted Children's Unit at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate in Otara, Auckland. The Gifted Children's Advancement Charitable Trust, which established the Unit, is one of the successful recipients of this year's funding round.

Helen Clark said the programmes provided by the selected groups will help meet the needs of New Zealand's gifted and talented students.

"These initiatives will add to our knowledge of what works in gifted education, and they provide a great example of how New Zealand schools, private organisations and the government are working together to focus on better outcomes for all our students," Helen Clark said.

"These initiatives are based on sound practice, taking into account recent New Zealand research and literature, and will be regularly evaluated.

"This Labour-led government aims to ensure all students achieve their potential. Since 2000 the government has worked to improve education for gifted and talented students by providing extra advisers, a national co-ordination team, a handbook for schools, and regional Education Ministry contacts for parent inquiries.

"The recent change to the National Administration Guidelines for schools to include programmes for gifted students demonstrates our government’s commitment to addressing the diverse learning needs of all our students.

"The government’s gifted education policy recognises that there is no one size fits all model – what we need are many approaches to help us meet the various needs of all our gifted students. This is why a range of schools and groups were selected for this year's funding round," Helen Clark said.

A list of the groups and schools which will receive support from the contestable funding pool is attached. Final funding arrangements for the selected groups are subject to contract negotiations with the Ministry of Education.

Project host Location
Gifted Children's Advancement Charitable Trust Nationwide
Royal Society of New Zealand - CREST Nationwide
New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Trust Nationwide
George Parkin National Centre for Gifted Education – Professional Development Nationwide
George Parkin National Centre for Gifted Education – Scholarships Nationwide
Kamo High School Northland
Glenbervie School Northland
Kelston Intervention Team Auckland City
The University of Auckland Auckland City
New Lynn School and Glen Eden Primary Auckland City
Ponsonby Primary School Auckland City
Pakuranga College East Auckland
Rutherford College South Auckland
The Manurewa High School South Auckland
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Ara Rima and Toku Mapihi Maurea Kura Kaupapa Maori Hamilton
Whangamata Area School Coromandel
Tairawhiti REAP Gisborne
Christchurch Boys' High School Christchurch
Banks Avenue School Christchurch
Department of Marine Science, University of Otago Dunedin
Central Otago REAP Otago
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