Education and Training15/03/2017
Jockey Club collaborates with academia to strengthen support for gifted students
Students have diverse needs in the classroom, which means they have to be catered for in different ways. People often think that gifted students are always at an advantage. But in fact, they also have special education needs.
To help bring out the best in every student and enhance their strengths and capabilities, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust has funded the Jockey Club “Giftedness Into Flourishing Talents” Project, underwhich a local school-based talent search model with an enriched curriculum will be developed.
The programme will be implemented at 20 pilot schools (15 primary and 5 secondary) by an academic consortium led by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and also involving City University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Hong Kong.
Funded with a Trust donation of over HK$48 million,the three-year programme will strengthen support at Levels 1 and 2 in the three-tier gifted education framework established by the Education Bureau. The project has a number of unique features, including:
- Enrichment programmes and differentiated curriculum at Level 1 for all students
- Talent search and accelerated programmes at Level 2 for gifted students
- Professional on-site support to schools for development of student portfolios, lesson planning and design of a school-based gifted education policy
- Training for professional development of educators to build their capacity
- Parent education programme
- Evidence-based evaluation to measure the overall project impacts, the effectiveness of school-based implementation, and the benefits of the teaching and learning processes in building teachers’ and students’ capacity
The project is expected to benefit around 2,000 educators, while 12,000 students in the pilot schools and 1,000 parents of those identified as gifted learners will benefit.