Gifted NEX - Who we are as a Network

Updated: Dec 7, 2021

The Gifted NEX is currently one of the largest Networks of Expertise under the MoE PLD support banner, We are a team of 1250 educators, all eager to improve outcomes for gifted learners in Aotearoa.


We are a diverse group, with one third of us based in Auckland and the rest spread fairly evenly through our population centres. Almost 20% of us are in school leadership, one quarter are classroom teachers, and the rest are learning support teachers and co-ordinators of various types. Almost 60% of us have been teaching for more than 20 years.


In terms of gifted education, 80% have had moderate or very little experience in gifted education whilst 14% have had extensive experience. 60% of our educators have had no previous PLD support in gifted education, whilst at the other end, 5% have a Masters in gifted education or learning support.


What are we interested in learning together? Our top 3 areas with over 80% keen to learn more are differentiation of learning for gifted students, social and emotional wellbeing and programme planning.

Region

Percent

Northland

5%

Auckland

33.5%

Waikato

9%

Bay of Plenty

6%

Gisborne

0.5%

Taranaki

3%

Hawkes Bay

3%

Manawatu - Whanganui

6%

Wairarapa

1%

Wellington

12%

Marlborough

0.5%

Nelson/Tasman

2%

Canterbury

12.5%

West Coast

0.5%

Otago

4%

Southland

1.5%


Role

Percent

Leadership/Management

18.5%

Gate/Gifted Coordinator

9%

LSCs

7%

SENCO

12%

RTLB

10%

Specialist Teacher

5%

Class Teacher

23%

Education Support

1.5%

Home School Parent

0.5%


Years in Education

Percent

20 years plus

57%

15-19 years

20%

10-14 years

13%

4-9 years

4%

1-3 years or n/a

6%


Experience in Gifted Ed

Percent

Extensive

14%

High

8%

Moderate

23.5%

A little

24.5%

Low-Zero

30%


Highest level of previous PLD support

Percent

Not applicable/none

57%

Short Course

16%

Short Courses

9%

Certificate/Dimploma

4%

Post-Grad Diploma Specialist

4%

Masters in gifted education/learning support

5%

Other Masters

0.5%

PhD

0.5%

Other

4%


Areas of interest

Percent

Advocacy

67%

Definition and Identification

74%

Differentiation

80%

Programme Planning

79%

Programme Review and Evaluation

64%

Social, Emotional and Wellbeing Support

86%

Specific Populations

66%

Talent Development

68%

Twice Exceptional

72%

Underachievement

68%


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