The Policy for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students indicates that there are two levels of provision for gifted and talented government school students in Western Australia: school-based and supplementary. Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) is a centrally supported supplementary program.
PEAC in the South Metropolitan Education Region caters to the special learning needs of gifted and talented students in Years 5 and 6. PEAC programs offer a wide range of academic extension programs in a variety of community and educational settings.
PEAC programs offer children:
- an intellectually rigorous and challenging program
- opportunities to interact with practicing experts
- the opportunities to develop higher order process skills and in-depth investigation skills
- the opportunity to work on open-ended activities which encourage choice and negotiation
- self/peer evaluation and reflection of performance
- the opportunity to socially interact with other gifted and talented students
PEAC Courses are self funding and and course charges range from a minimum of $20 up to $100 depending on course requirements, such as
- use of an external venue
- guest speakers
- materials and additional resources
The South Metropolitan Education Region PEAC staff offer professional development for teachers to support school-based provision for gifted and talented students K-6. Supporting teachers through professional development means that gifted and talented students can be catered for at the school level.
The South Metropolitan Education Region (SMERO) comprises 176 government primary schools. Identified students from these schools have access to programs at PEAC sites located across the region. A variety of programs are offered to meet the needs of identified students in the South Metro Region. Programs are provided either at a District level (PEEL), Network level (CCEN and Roe), Outreach (Oberthur) or Local Area PEAC.