Student Excellence Program

Victorian High Abilities Program

Supporting high-ability students in the classroom

The Student Excellence Program provides $60.2 million to support government schools to provide a great learning environment for high-ability students through:

  • structured learning extension programs for high-ability students,
  • upskilling classroom teachers to better support their high-ability students, more resources for government schools to build their programs for high-ability students.

Together these strategies will lift the learning, engagement and wellbeing of high-ability students and help them thrive now and into the future.

Excellence in supporting high-ability students will be recognised through a new category in the Victorian Education Excellence Awards.

Structured learning extension programs for high-ability students

The Victorian High-Ability program

The Victorian High-Ability program will provide up to 48,000 high-ability students in Years 5 to 8 at government schools the opportunity to participate in 10-week online extension and enrichment programs, in English and mathematics.

The virtual program, delivered by Virtual School Victoria, will focus on extending and developing students’ mathematic and English abilities.

After completing the virtual program, students will participate in a face-to-face masterclass with other high-ability students from schools in their local area. All masterclasses will incorporate the latest COVID-19 advice and risk mitigation strategies to maintain a safe environment for students and staff.

The Department is centrally managing the selection process for the program based on student academic performance.

Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series

High-ability students from Year 7 to Year 12 will benefit from the Victorian Challenge and Enrichment Series. From Term 4, 2020, schools will be able to nominate students to take part in activities from the series according to their abilities and interests. The series of excursions and incursions will include activities across all areas of the curriculum and will be delivered face-to-face and virtually by Tech Schools, partner organisations and universities.

Up to 100,000 Victorian government school students will have the opportunity to participate in the series from Term 3, 2020, until Term 4, 2022. 

Activities will be delivered during school hours, after school, on weekends and during school holidays.

Parents and carers of students selected for the programs will be provided with more information by the High Ability Practice Leader, Kalinda Ashton.