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We deliver robust, targeted, evidence-based programmes. We work collaboratively with local educational and clinical psychologists, and speech-language therapists, who have helped develop our strong systems and bank of resources. The chair of our advisory board is an educational psychologist who ensures everything we do meets best practice requirements.
The intervention specialists in our team deliver tuition, and we try to match your child with the one who will best meet their needs. Each one of us has undertaken rigorous training in the methodologies we use. These are highly specialised skills and our tutors are also adept at working in close conjunction with their students’ classroom teachers.
We mainly work from our own homes in Wellington. We have the capacity to provide tuition in a small number of schools, if those schools have space, and charge $50 per term for this additional service.
We deliver tuition mainly during school hours, particularly for primary aged children. This is because children with learning differences have to work much harder than their peers during the day, and are exhausted by the time school is over.
We usually teach students face-to-face. However, all the work we do, including initial and monitoring testing, can be done online. This gives us great flexibility in how we can work to support your child, and means we can keep tutoring during Covid, even if your child (or the tutor) has a mild winter bug.
We charge $80 per week and sessions are one hour long. This fee covers not just the session itself, but all the tutor’s planning time, and our team’s behind the scenes work to ensure we provide your family with the best service we possibly can. We charge up to $10 each term for materials (e.g. folders, workbooks and printable materials) and a flat rate of $50 per term if we see your child at their school.
We do not charge sign up fees or for your child’s initial assessment. However, the first term’s sessions are non-refundable.
During your child’s first week their tutor will undertake a range of tests with them, covering the areas identified on our programmes page. They use the results from this testing to design an individual teaching plan to meet your child’s specific needs, and will provide you with an overview of this either in writing, or in a follow-up chat, depending on your preference. We re-test your child every second term so we can keep track of their progress and alter our plans accordingly. We will share the results of this testing with you too.
We take enquiries all the time. When we have a space with the tutor who is best suited to meet their needs, we will start your child’s tuition as soon as possible. We always work to match your child with the best person for them - a positive relationship is the key to success!
We take on new students who need the services we provide. If your child doesn’t seem to have any challenges with their learning, or if they struggle in ways our programmes do not specifically target, we would advise you not to enrol. Equally, if we test your child and there is a mismatch with their tutor, or we feel they would benefit more from the services of a different provider, we will discuss this with you. We take great care to ensure your child’s needs are met by our people and our programmes. If you are uncertain about whether we are the right fit for your child, please contact our Managing Director, Melissa, on email@example.com call her on 021 090 55575.
At the end of each term you will receive an email from Āwhina Education giving you an update on things happening at our company, and requesting information about the coming term before we send out your invoice. If you have any questions at any time, you are very free to contact Melissa on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 090 55575.
Your tutor will be in touch on a more regular basis, and you are always able to reach out to them if you need to chat. They will email you if they have any concerns about your child’s learning, or simply wish to keep you updated. You will receive a progress update on your child’s programme every second term following monitoring testing
Yes, it’s really important to us to work as closely as we can with your child’s teacher and the school’s SENCO, so we can wrap around them and meet their needs most effectively. Our services are not a replacement for what their teacher does, but should complement and support your child’s ability to meet curriculum requirements. We always introduce ourselves to the teacher and SENCO when we begin tuition and, with your permission, share all our reports with them. If you invite us, we can attend IEP meetings at school, and charge $57.50 for this.
The new learning your child focuses on in session with their tutor is strengthened through the support you give them during the week with their homework - it truly is a team effort. This should take around 10-15 minutes a day, and ideally be completed five times each week. Repetition is key to your child’s success, and homework activities are designed so your child can review and practice their new skills. The most important thing to remember though is that your child is doing their absolute best. Encourage them to work hard and focus on their personal achievements, because they are a super star in their own right!
It’s important to know that we re-test your child every second term in order to monitor change in their abilities and confidence. If we aren’t seeing the changes we expect, that is a great opportunity for us to consider together if there might be something more significant underlying your child’s struggles with learning. In this instance, we may talk to you about seeing another specialist, like an audiologist, speech-language therapist or educational psychologist, to shed more light on what is going on under the surface. Sometimes your child might have to pause tuition temporarily to receive something like speech language therapy, but they can always return once the experts are ready to pass the baton back to us.
We’re so glad you asked…. We’re big nerds here, and always happy to share our nerdery.
Audiobooks are a great way for your child to get into reading and increase their language exposure. We are quite fond of the following:
Wes Tank rapping Dr Seuss to the beats of Dr Dre (technically that’s video!)
We love the team at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie. They are always happy to recommend a story for your child based on their reading level and interests. Definitely give Ruth and the team a call if you’re stuck for ideas. And if you’re looking for teen fiction recommendations, you can check out one of our tutor’s blogs, and there are some ‘young reader’ titles tagged in it too for littler kids: https://theyoungadultfictionfanatic.wordpress.com/
We want to emphasize that the main thing is to breed a love of stories and reading. It doesn’t matter what your child is into, as long as they are getting into a good book. Comics are a fantastic way to engage children. Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield have proven timeless classics in our own homes, and there are some incredible graphic novels around, including a reworking of The Babysitters’ Club by Raina Telgemeir.