The focus section this issue is titled “Learning ahead of the rest”. The articles provide rich insight into students’ experiences of extension and enrichment opportunities from which we might critically assess the potential to extend aspects to a greater number of gifted students and, where appropriate, other students too. This issue’s teaching and learning section covers a range of topics, curriculum areas and levels. The projects or topics featured in most articles provide an access point for inspiring and resourcing ripples of change beyond their initial specific focus. Many are underpinned by a strong philosophy that offers guidance in new situations and enables change to snowball.