At Āwhina Education we value openness and transparency - we want you to know how we can support your family, and what exactly we do with your child for an hour each week.
What makes our programmes so effective?
Openness / Transparency
We are not afraid to cast a light on ourselves and question whether we need to change. We are open to new ideas and actively seek out advice and guidance from the experts in our field.
Robust, targeted, evidence-based
We only deliver robust, evidence-based programmes, and select the resources that will best target your child’s needs, changing our plans over time as their skill set evolves.
In addition to our relationships with schools, we work collaboratively with local educational and clinical psychologists, and speech-language therapists, who have helped develop our strong systems and bank of resources. We also collaborate with the people who know your child best: You.
We take monitoring very seriously at Āwhina and make a point of not just monitoring your child’s progress regularly, but also monitoring our own practice every single term. Melissa works closely with the team to ensure things are ticking along as they should, and we collaborate with one another a multitude of ways each and every day to share our ideas and plans.
We only 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.
Discover the various programmes we offer below
Here at Āwhina Education we value openness and transparency - we want you to know how we can support your family, and what exactly we do with your child for an hour each week.
The most important thing you need to know is that we only 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. Her responsibility is to ensure everything we do meets best practice requirements, and she regularly monitors our practice, resources and programmes.
Below is a description of the key components of what we offer. Because a lot of it is technical jargon - and can feel like gibberish if you’re new to this game! - we have made some short videos to illustrate each concept, and help you crack the code. Click the hyperlinks and you should be directed to the right place.
Reading and writing
If you would like any more help understanding what we do, please feel free to drop us a line, we’re only too happy to help.
Central to our process is always your child and your family. Communication and collaboration are key to ensuring what we do is working, and that your child is progressing as they should.
Research and development
The advantage of having an educational psychologist on hand is that we have someone to tell us when we could be doing things more effectively, based on the most up to date research! We value responsiveness and transformation, and are constantly looking for new ways to make our practice better and stronger.
The first time we work with your child we undertake an initial assessment, so we can get a picture of what kind of gaps in their skills might need to be filled, and how we can apply our resources and programmes to their learning style.
Once we have a picture of what we should be doing with your child, we draw up lesson plans. These are routinely vetted by Amelia and Melissa and we work collaboratively to ensure we are using the most appropriate methods and sequence.
Our assessment of your child’s abilities is not a one-off. We continue to tweak and adapt as we go along based on what we see during their sessions, and conduct monitoring testing throughout the year. This lets us look for changes in their learning to ensure we are moving in the right direction.
We'd love to hear from you
We're here to help, and we always love hearing from you. Please provide us with as much detail as you can about your child and their learning journey, to support us in matching them with the tutor who can best meet their needs.
Kind Words From Parents
Tutoring has taught our daughter that you can do anything you put your mind to and allowed her confidence to grow so much. Over the time working with you she has gone from a child who was very quiet in class and would hardly ever answer questions, to a child who raises her hand voluntarily and answers the question with pride, confident she knows a thing or two. I can't put into words how grateful and happy we are to have found Āwhina Education.
"Oh gosh I'm speechless, overjoyed and completely overcome with emotions and gratitude, smiling through tears rolling down my cheeks. Thank you for all your support, I would want any other parent to feel what I'm feeling right now... my son has just flourished."
"Hannah's spelling and reading has really improved since starting with Āwhina Education. She seems more engaged and doesn't fight us when asked to do her homework - which is a massive change for her and us."
"We’ve noticed more confidence in everything. The one-on-one tutoring has been fantastic for Wilbur. His tutor is amazing."
"We’ve noticed a huge increase in our son’s self confidence when it comes to learning, which has translated into enjoying doing the homework that his tutor gives him."
“Our daughter has had a wonderful term and I'm so grateful that Liz Kane told us about your company. This whole structured literacy approach is really helping her. The lessons are all making sense to her... it is connecting to her brain and it has been a joy to watch her really learn. Her tutor is nothing short of amazing with her. Thank you to her tutor and to the whole Awhina Education team from my family.“
"Thanks for all you do - I have already noticed a massive difference... I can’t believe she can read half the words she’s able to now!"
"This Tuesday he came out from tutoring with a smile a mile wide and full of enthusiasm. He said his tutor was so proud of him identifying all the language features. The way you are teaching him is just what he needs and is filling him with confidence, not just in English, but also in History and Mathematics. I just wish I had done this sooner. Thank You so much for your hard work. You totally amaze me with what you have achieved in such a short time."
"It is a wrench leaving his tutor who has been a superlative tutor for our son - her structuring, skill, sensitivity, and positive approach has really helped him reengage. We almost considered staying in Wellington longer for her!"
"My daughter’s maths confidence has soared since starting tutoring with Karen! She is a fantastic tutor!"
"We are very grateful to you and Carina. Our son loves reading now, he even likes to write, and says spelling is easy! Your work has changed his life."
“Thought I'd share this [report] to show how our son has benefited from all your support this year and how he has shared this with his teachers and they affirm this. Thank you everyone! We feel so lucky to have this team around him, helping him grow and learn.”
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