Parents of gifted children no longer have to wait until their children are in Year Seven before applying for Gifted and Talented Education programs.
Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said from now on, children would be assessed in Year Six, giving parents more time to plan for their child’s secondary education.
“Securing a place before a child starts Year Seven will give parents certainty,” Mr McGowan said.
“These programs are competitive and parents want to know earlier, rather than later, that their child has a place for Year Eight."
Parents of Year Six children are being urged to apply before August 1 to secure a place for their child in a Gifted and Talented Program in 2010.
Gifted and Talented Education programs include academic talent, dance, drama, humanities, languages, maths, music, science and visual arts.
“Parents can apply for their child to attend a selective school, Perth Modern School or John Curtin College of the Arts, or a secondary public school that offers a gifted and talented education program,” the Minister said.
“Children can attend any program for which they’ve been accepted, regardless of where they live.”
Applications can be made online at http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/gifttal or by phoning 9264 5513 to request an application form and information booklet.
Mr McGowan said the Gifted and Talented Education program was an example of the high quality of education offered in Western Australian public schools, which aimed to meet the needs of all students.
Minister's office - 9222 9111