Process of Identification

Each school will have its own process in place when it comes to identifying gifted and talented students. The following process is an example of an identification process accessed from Kurwongbah State School :-



Teacher/Parent Nomination:

  • Observation
  • Anecdotal Records
  • Experiences
1. Initial Discussion with Administration. 

2. Class teacher to collect Referral Form from Learning Support Teacher.

3. Class teacher to complete Referral Form and return to the Learning Support Teacher. 

4. Learning Support Teacher to pass Referral Form to Gifted and Talented Program Manager.

5. Gifted and Talented Program Manager and Class Teacher to attend Referral Meeting and completed Referral Form discussed.

6. Referral Committee to determine what further information is required.  Further information to be gathered using tools outlined below.
 Jigsaw sourced from Flickr images under creative commons licence
 Further information to be gathering using identification tools:

Classroom Teacher:

1. Survey; ‘Discovering Your SMARTS’, Multiple Intelligence Survey & SMARTS Class Record Sheet.

2. Checklist of Learning and Behavioural Characteristics common to gifted and talented students, class checklists.

3. Teacher Questionnaire: ‘Things This Child Has Done’, Sayler

4. Work samples.

5.  Anecdotal Records.


1. Parent Questionnaire:   ‘Things My Child Has Done’, Sayler.                          

Guidance Officer:

1.  IQ Assessment.

2.  Social/Emotional

Classroom Teacher/Learning Support Teacher/Gifted and Talented Program Manager:

1. Curriculum Assessments eg.  Neale Analysis, Standardised Test Results, Reading Age etc.

External Agent:

1.  Psychologist Assessment.

Committee Meeting

The Special Needs Committee will consider the Referral Form.

The Committee, including Gifted and Talented Program Manager will determine the level of support,

 (School Level or Class Level) to be received by the student.

School Level Support Required

1. The Special Needs Committee will consider the Referral Form.

2. The Committee, including Gifted and Talented Program Manager will determine the level of support,

3.  (School Level or Class Level) to be received
 by the student.

4. Meeting of stakeholders to develop Profile/Support Plan.  Include appropriate Strand 3 and 4 level support strategies.

5. Implement Support Plan.  Gifted Education Program Manager to assist with implementation.  

6. Monitor Support Plan through Case Management Process.

 CT & GEPM. 

7. Review Process Implemented.  

Class Level Support Required

1. Needs to be met by the class teacher.

NOTE:  Teachers to keep monitoring student and to revert to first step of process if concerns continue.

2. Classroom Teacher to continue monitoring

Through using checklist, anecdotals, work samples and observations.                                                                       

3. Individual Needs to be met through:

*  Extra Curricular Activities, eg. Debating, chess, competitions.

*  Enrichment Events, eg.  ACE day, Maths Tournaments.

*  Classroom Provisions, eg. Thinking Skills, Curriculum Differentiation.

Further Resources

Please note that not every school will have a Gifted and Talented manager and this role is often undertaken by the Learning Supports Teacher. It would be necessary for you to check with your school for understanding in their Gifted and Talented process.

Kurwongbah State School implements a Gifted and Talented Program called GATE. They use several ways of identifying a gifted student and the following links may be of use to other schools.

The folowing resources and information have been sourced directly from the Kurwongbah State School GATE website.

To further support the identification process Education Queensland recommends the use of The Sayler Questionnaires (for teachers and parents) developed by Michael Sayler (Harrison, C. 1999, Appendix B, Giftedness in Early Childhood, Inscript Publishing, Sydney)

Sayler: Gifted and Talented Checklist for Teachers 

Sayler: Gifted and Talented Checklist for Parents  

Sayler: Gifted and Talented Checklist for Parents (Young Children)  

Referral Form for Classroom Teachers - This form is used by classroom teachers to record specific details about personal and academic aspects of an individual student who has  been referred for the above process.  Once completed, the form is returned to the Support Teacher- Gifted and Talented who compiles the information on a Student Profile Form within the GATE Student File.

Student Profile Sheet - The Student Profile Sheet  is used in gathering data required for the GATE Student File.  It provides a guide for teachers as to what information should be gathered about the student during the identification process.  This Student Profile Sheet has been adapted from a Student Profile Sheet that was initially created by Felicity Bezer (LDC G&T- Nambour State School). 

Record of Action Sheet - The Record of Action Sheet  is used by teachers to record all action taken throughout the process of identifying and supporting gifted students.  It enables teachers to keep a track of relevant meetings and follow up required for individual students.

Multiple Intelligence Checklist - The Multiple Intelligence Checklist is useful when developing the Student Profile.  Students complete the survey questions to determine their areas of intelligence. The results from the Multiple Intelligence Checklist can also assist in preparing programs for gifted students.  A variety of checklists can be located by following the above link and scrolling down the page.

Student Enrichment Plan - The Student Enrichment Plan (38KB, MS Word) is used when documenting the support strategies to be implemented for gifted students.  It is stored within the GATE Student Profile and is reviewed 6 monthly.  (Terms 2 and 4).  The focus of the review is to establish the achievement of goals, monitor the progress of the student, and to determine the appropriateness of enrichment activities within the Enrichment Plan.

Model of Curriculum Provision - Developed by Education Queensland, this model (48 KB, MS Word) outlines, within four strands, appropriate talent development activities that should be used in aiming to provide education for the gifted.  The four strands are:
  • Strand One: Expanding Interests
  • Strand Two:  Enhancing Education
  • Strand Three:  Implementing Gifted Education 
  • Strand Four:  Educating the Gifted

For more information regarding these and other documents regarding the Kurwongbah State School GATE program, visit their website. Kurwongbah State School GATE

Education QLD Identification Modules

Education Queensland has several modules that help in identifying Gifted and Talented students. These Modules can be found here:

Early Childhood

Identifying Gifted Students: Specialisation Module 

Identifying Gifted Students:Core Model 

Identifying Gifted Students: Specialisation Module 


Identifying Gifted Students: Core Module 

Identifying Gifted Students: Extension Module 

Identifying Gifted Students: Specialisation Module 


Identifying Gifted Students: Core Module 

Identifying Gifted Students: Extension Module 

Identifying Gifted Students: Specialisation Module 

For further information on identifying Gifted and Talented Students visit Education Qld Learning Place.