Student diversity

Students in Northern Territory (NT) schools come from a variety of language, cultural and educational backgrounds.

Schools in the NT provide educational support and adjustments to:

  • meet all student's learning needs and provide access to the Australian curriculum
  • accommodate the emotional and academic needs of all learners.

The Department of Education uses Gagné’s (2008) Differentiated Model of Giftedness and/or Talent.

Intellectually gifted students are students whose potential is distinctly above average in intelligence; and talented students are those whose academic skills are distinctively above average compared to same aged peers.

Gagné notes that natural abilities (gifts) can be in the areas of mental (intellectual, creative, social and/or perceptual) and physical (muscular and motor control); and that talent comes from giftedness through a complex process of development and influences including teaching and learning opportunities.

Find out more about Gifted and talented students (G&T).

About 50 per cent of NT students have a language background other than English. These students may need targeted support to learn English in school.

Find out more about English as an additional language/dialect (EAL/D).

Students with additional needs require specific and/or targeted support to participate in their learning on the same basis as their peers. The support required may be permanent or ongoing, temporary or transient in nature and is determined by the student’s learning needs and the frequency and intensity of the need.

Find out more about Students with additional needs (SWAN).

Last updated: 21 May 2020

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