Āwhina means support in te reo Māori, with an implication of all-encompassing, unconditional love. We think that sums us up perfectly. It was only by good luck that the name “Āwhina” fell into our hands, and we have held tight to it as it resonates with everything we wish to bring to our students and communities.
At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.
– Maya Angelou
Āwhina Education was born because our team members wanted to be part of a workplace built on mutual respect, that they could feel a real sense of ownership over. We care about empowering our learners, and each other. We work to cultivate openness, empathy and responsiveness, and are deeply committed to providing evidence-based practice. We also admire rebellion, and see this in our students who fight everyday to carve out a place for themselves in a system which does not always work for them.
Our tutors love the job they do; they love the difference it makes in children’s lives. The more we can spread that success, the greater the impact we can have on the world. If we had to have a motto, it would most likely be - in the words of the late, great Maya Angelou - “At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” At Āwhina we wish to make our students feel invincible, and our team feel invaluable.
Our mission is to make literacy and numeracy accessible to those who might otherwise never have been able to achieve success.
To put it another way, we service the ‘square pegs in round holes’. We work to further reduce the disparities in education through our pro-bono work in partnership with schools in our local communities. At its heart, Āwhina’s purpose is to make the world a better place by working with children’s unique learning styles and helping them find ways to be the absolute best they can be.
The values that guide us
Our name says it all: we are here to bring your child the unconditional care and support they need to succeed.
Making all of our young people believe they can and should reach for the stars.
Working in partnership with our tutors, families and communities to provide the best service we can, to those who need it most.
Delivering the most effective programmes we can find, to the best of our ability, and continuing to evolve over time to remain at the forefront of best practice.
Why should you choose us? There are many excellent tuition providers in the Wellington region. What makes us special is how deeply we care about your family and your child’s emotional well-being, as well as their academic success.
Our tutors’ careers in education have focussed on students who do not find learning in the mainstream classroom straightforward, for whatever reason. We get how hard this is and we are here not just to teach them, but to listen to them when things are difficult.
While we have a wide range of excellent resources at our fingertips, not everything will be appropriate for your child’s needs. Our tutors are trained to conduct an initial assessment so they can decide what will fit with your child’s learning style; ongoing monitoring testing means they can change and adapt over time as their knowledge of your child grows.
To work with us, tutors require intensive training to ensure they are well-versed in our programmes and methodologies. This is a very particular skill set and we work hard to ensure we remain at the top of our game through ongoing supervision within our team and professional development.
At Āwhina Education we like to make sure we are all working to the highest standard. We observe our tutors in action and Amelia, our resident educational psychologist, keeps an eye not only on our plans and programmes, but also on the latest research, to make sure we’re doing things right. We keep our minds open to new ideas and are ready and willing to make changes based on the best information available, as the evidence-base is always evolving.
We want to contribute to levelling the playing field for all children living in Aotearoa New Zealand. A Specific Learning Disorder can be a genuine barrier to a child’s success in school, and the barrier can be compounded if that child cannot access the extra help they need. Our goal is to try and work with as many children as we can, in partnership with schools in our local communities, to try and close this gap.
We have no secrets here at Āwhina Education! Our organisation is run by an advisory board made up of many of our tutors, and we place a high value on participatory decision making. We want to share our knowledge of your child’s learning with you and with their school as often as we can, and prize the insight we receive from you in return. Our “door” is always open, and we wish to do as much as we can to make our families feel cared for and heard.
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