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Educational Leadership
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Māori Education & Support
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Learning languages
Literacy and Numeracy
Strengthening skills
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About Us

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle empowers Kāhui Ako, kaiako, teachers, school leaders and tumuaki to achieve better outcomes for students and learners.

All languages are to be treasured

Languages, Culture & Identity

We offer programmes, workshops, in-person classroom support, online support and resources to help strengthen language learning in New Zealand schools.

Cultural competencies

Pacific-Led Education

Empowering educators, students, and communities to shape a future of educational excellence that is firmly rooted in Pacific identity and aspirations.

Improving instructional dexterity

Literacy and Numeracy

We work with schools to build the literacy and numeracy capability of school leaders and teachers to accelerate learning outcomes for all students.

Literacy and Numeracy

Enhancing and expanding teachers' capabilities to lead literacy and numeracy learning.

Mana-enhancing teaching & learning experiences

We can support kaiako and teachers to strengthen their teaching practise in a manner that aligns with students aspirations, interests, and connects to the knowledge they bring from their own cultures and backgrounds.

Our expert facilitators build the literacy and numeracy capabilities of teachers and kaiako to accelerate student learning.

We believe every child deserves an equitable opportunity to succeed in life. We can design PLD that empowers you to support the students who need the most help.

We are currently growing our PLD offerings in this space. To hear about our latest offerings, sign up to our newsletter!

Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Support

A proven early intervention for literacy learning, Reading Recovery helps 6-year-old readers and writers catch up with their classmates.

The aim of Reading Recovery is to prevent literacy difficulties at an early stage, before they begin to affect a child's educational progress.

Usually undertaken with 6-year-olds, it has proven to be an effective intervention for approximately 80% of the children who take part, helping over 300,000 New Zealand readers and writers since it was first established.

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Our People

Our passionate and experienced kaiwhakaruruhau facilitators are dedicated to delivering world class PLD for schools across New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia and internationally.

Talia McNaughton
Talia McNaughton
Programme Director
Senior Leaders
Dr Rebecca Jesson
Dr Rebecca Jesson
Research and Academic Director
Kerry Upson
Kerry Upson

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Making an impact

Hear from educators whose practice have been positively impacted by our innovative approach to learning and professional development.

Amazed at his progress

"I recently had the opportunity of observing our Reading Recovery teacher working with a student that I had referred. I was amazed at his progress. When I first sat down with this student, he had very little phonological and phonemic awareness. His learning was inconsistent, and he was often unable to know letters and sounds from one day to the next. Now this student has many tools in his Kete. He is able to decode unknown sounds and words thus reading bigger words. He now comprehends what he is reading and is able to add intonation while he reads. Probably the biggest achievement and the one that he is most proud of is his ability to write short stories."

Sally Van der Weele - Learning Support Co-ordinator at Plateau Primary, Te Mārua, Upper Hutt

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Non-believer to avid supporter

"So from a Principal that was a non believer on arrival to now a Principal that now has a teacher in training (to ensure sustainability and continue to share the program across the school), a believer that it certainly gives our students a fighting chance, and closes the learning gaps as they move on, I definitely support it!"

Clara Tuifao, Principal - St Michael's School, TAITA

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Excellent Reading Recovery experience

We have found the Reading Recovery experience excellent. Communication has been fantastic and we have felt very well-supported to encourage Jack's reading at home and continue his learning with us. Jack's reading has improved immensely and without the RR, we believe he would have struggled with reading throughout the year and this would have led to him being frustrated and distracted.,
However, because of his learning with the Reading Recovery teacher, he is committed and has applied himself, he has enjoyed reading at home and has become confident in his ability. We can't thank you enough, for supporting Jack and allowing him the opportunity with Reading Recovery. Thank you so much!

Belinda Whyte, Parent - Ōhau School

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