About Us

Learning MATTERS is an education consultancy provider that supports schools with the review and refinement of literacy based local curriculum and assessment for learning practices.

Our philosophy is based on bridging the gap between research and practice. Providing consultancy, resources and assessment practices is our gig. We understand the complexities of how schools operate. We position ourselves to work alongside you to ensure successful leadership, teaching and learning takes place for all. 

We’re a passionate, professional, highly skilled team of educators and administrators. Being an approved institution of the New Zealand Teaching Council means our level of expertise and appraisal systems are second to none. 

Learning MATTERS provides professional development, coaching, assessments and a resource platform for iDeaL Specialists. 

We are committed to strengthening the capabilities of schools, whanau and communities. We help schools and tutors to build knowledge, expertise and pedagogy, equipping them to be able to successfully implement quality intervention for students with literacy learning differences, such as dyslexia. 

We are committed to influencing evidence-based change in education for the better. 

Are you with us?


Find Out More

If you are a parent, find out more about our services here.

If you are a teacher, you can find out more about our workshops and consultancy services here.

Interested in hearing more about becoming an iDeaL Specialist and using the iDeaL Approach in a private intervention setting? Click here to register your interest.

Language-based learning differences such as dyslexia impact more than learning to read and write.

It can have a wide-ranging impact on physical, behavioural and emotional wellbeing.

But if those who are struggling with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia are supported at the very earliest opportunity - with the right research and evidence-based interventions - well, they’ll have the opportunity to flourish.

And like everyone else, they’ll be able to fulfill their greatest potential.

Our Purpose

Inspire, Enable and Influence the education of all learners, specialising in learning differences.

Our Vision

All learners have the right
to be successful in life.

Our Values

Compassion
for all

Connecting
Together

Continuous
Learning

Conscious
Action

Confident
Communication

The Team

We are passionate, professionals dedicated to ongoing learning.

Learning MATTERS Executive Team

Carla McNeil
Carla McNeil

Founder and Managing Director

Kushla Cunningham-Jackson
Kushla Cunningham-Jackson

Operations Manager

Tracy Findlay
Tracy Findlay

iDeaL Specialist Manager

Kirsty Parkes
Kirsty Parkes

Resource Manager

Louise Payne
Louise Payne

iDeaL Development Manager

Learning MATTERS Consultants and Coaches

Fiona Wilder
Fiona Wilder

Claire Knight
Claire Knight

Marion Kirby
Marion Kirby

Nicky Greenslade
Nicky Greenslade

Ruth Blair
Ruth Blair

Learning MATTERS Assessors

Angela Neville
Angela Neville

Laura Coleman
Laura Coleman

Learning MATTERS Administration Team

Nicki Ward
Nicki Ward

Enquiry & Resource Administrator

Frances Spooner
Frances Spooner

Financial Administrator

Rachael Griffin
Rachael Griffin

Communication, Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Dee Jellie - iDeaL Administrator
Dee Jellie

iDeaL Administrator

Melissa Gower
Melissa Gower

Gaelene Goodwin - iDeaL Support Administrator
Gaelene Goodwin

iDeaL Support Administrator

 

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