MindPlus is a programme for gifted 6-13 year olds that provides intellectual, creative, social and emotional learning and support. Children come together, with a specialist teacher, for one day each week. Together they engage in differentiated, strength-based learning experiences to further develop their gifts and talents and a greater understanding of themselves.

Why MindPlus is great for creatively and academically gifted children:

  • Children connect with like-minded peers who think like them and understand each other.
  • Learning is challenging and applied, and stretches children’s abilities and ways of thinking.
  • Small class numbers enable personalised learning that focuses on each child’s strengths and interests.
  • Our specialist teachers understand gifted learners and what makes them tick.

As with all of our programmes, MindPlus is guided by the New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education Curriculum which focuses on these six learning strands:

  • conceptual development;
  • personal development;
  • talent development;
  • research development;
  • complex thinking development; and
  • communication development.

The curriculum is designed to increase the breadth, depth, sophistication and complexity of learners’ knowledge and abilities in these areas and to increase the self-directedness of their learning.


MindPlus is a strength-based programme designed for intellectually and creatively gifted children. We have developed a comprehensive, research-based, entry selection process to identify children who would benefit from the programme. Referrals to MindPlus are welcomed from parents or a child’s school. (We welcome referrals from home-schooling parents too.)

Information regarding a child’s intellectual, creative, and personal abilities and traits is collected from their home and school and from the child themselves.  This information is analysed to determine whether there is a good match between the child’s strengths and the MindPlus programme. This process is designed for entry selection to MindPlus. It is not designed to assess giftedness, in general.


Entry to MindPlus

Individual assessment arranged via NZCGE

Individual assessment arranged via NZCGE –Send in your completed referral forms as soon as possible please, and the office will arrange the assessor to make a time with you before that date. These assessments will be booked on a first come first served basis and need to be received at the office by Monday, 16th November.

Private Educational Psychologist assessment reviews.

Referrals will go on the waitlist until either the next available workshop (for Type 1 referrals) or until a suitable place becomes available in 2016 (for Type 2 and 3 referrals via assessment). If you have concerns please contact NZCGE office directly to discuss them.


To find out more about MindPlus and the entry selection process, contact our office on 0800 769 243 or email us through our website

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