Extension, Enrichment & Acceleration

Advancing Natural Talent (A.N.T.)

At John McGlashan College we use a holistic approach when we identify students who might benefit from enrichment, extension or acceleration. We value and foster students’ abilities and talents in a range of areas including their intellectual, creative, athletic, cultural, visual / performing arts, technological, social or leadership abilities. Students with exceptional ability in a particular area(s) (relative to their peers) are identified through a range of methods including:

  • Observations & interactions
  • Student work samples / assessments
  • Parent nomination, comments & feedback at interviews
  • Contributing schools data for new Y7 and Y9 students
  • Information from letters of application (enrolment), C.V. & previous school reports
  • Student reflections/comments/surveys on their strengths, talents, interests & goals (self-nomination)

A variety of approaches are used to enrich, extend or accelerate students’ learning. The selection of these approaches is dependent on the individual student and their particular needs, goals or interests. We are also mindful of taking care of our students’ social and emotional development, in order to help them to maximise their academic achievement and to advance their natural talent (s).


Approaches include:

  • Providing opportunities for the student to have some choice in their learning e.g. project based, selecting their style of presentation, more complex novel…
  • Providing self-directed learning opportunities e.g. science badges, presenting a choice matrix of learning activities, on-line learning…
  • Providing more complex tasks within the class programme
  • Incorporating ethical / moral components into our learning programmes e.g. Philosophy for Teens (Year 9), Theory of Knowledge Course (I.B. programme), Future Problem Solving topics, Christian Studies courses
  • Creating opportunities for students to lead others in their area of expertise / passion
  • Enrolling students in an on-line course e.g. The School of Young Writers, Pamoja (supplementary International Baccalaureate subjects are able to be studied on-line e.g. psychology)…
  • Adapting the nature of the course / programme / unit of learning e.g. higher level material included (e.g. Individual subject acceleration - NCEA material studied in Y10, L2 NCEA in Y11), International Baccalaureate course
  • Entry into competitions and external exams such as ICAS, The Chemistry Olympiad…
  • Access to training camps & personal development workshops / courses
  • Working with “like–minded” peers in a range of interest groups instigated by staff OR the students e.g. Tournament of Minds, Code Club, Classics Club, Chess Club, debating, fencing, mountain biking, Writers’ Workshop, JMC Brotherhood Choir…