The Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) program is a part-time withdrawal program for upper primary school Year 5 and 6 students in public schools.
Identified students are selected to participate in differentiated programs offered in a range of delivery modes.
Delivery modes include:
- regional based PEAC centres providing a series of specialist courses or programs
- co-ordinator/s who establish courses in a range of schools and/or other sites and teachers are released to teach the courses
- allocation to schools and multi-age programs operate within schools
- online delivery of programs.
Programs focus on:
- social interaction with gifted and talented peers
- intellectual rigour and challenge
- pursuit of excellence
- development of higher order process skills
- in-depth investigations of real problems
- open-ended activities which encourage choice and negotiation
- opportunities to interact with practising experts
- students working at their own pace
- self/peer evaluation and reflection of performance.
Blanket testing of all public school Year 4 students occurs in term 3 of each year with individual schools testing their own students. Parents who do not wish for their children to be tested can opt out by contacting their school in writing.