Jenny Tebbutt

Over 20 years experience working with at risk groups in education

Jenny Tebbutt is the Managing Director of Raising Achievement Ltd. Since 2000 Jenny has worked alongside primary, secondary and post-secondary schools and organisations to raise achievement in at risk groups within the education sector. In addition, she is a past Director of the SPELD NZ Certificate Course in Specific Learning Disabilities and is the current consultant to Education and Achievement Association formerly ADHD Rotorua.

Jenny has vast experience in low decile schools with high literacy needs and working with schools with predominantly Maori students. She has designed and implemented successful transition programmes for Maori students. She has also led a number of projects with schools with moderate learning needs under GSE Enhanced Programme Funding. Jenny previously spent four years on the National Executive of SPELD NZ including a year as President. For the last few years Jenny has offered consultancy to schools across NZ and in Australia.

Jenny is the developer of our programmes and seminars for SENCO?s, Teachers and Teacher Aides and works full time with the team presenting courses and consulting throughout Australasia.

Kirsty? Muggeridge

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), Master of Education


Kirsty Muggeridge joined Raising Achievement in 2016. Kirsty is a primary trained teacher who has also worked in alternative education settings with disengaged youth. During this time Kirsty gained valuable experience in working with at risk students. Along with her work in alternative education Kirsty also spent time helping students in full immersion Te Reo transition to partial immersion settings. Kirsty has worked in adult education for a number of years, training teacher aides in the Bay of Plenty area. In 2015 she completed her Master of Education through Massey University with a focus on differentiated teaching and learning in the classroom.


Along with her role at Raising Achievement, Kirsty is the current co-ordinator of the Education and Achievement Association, a non-profit organisation that provides support and advocacy to students with specific learning difficulties and their families. Kirsty has a huge interest in supporting students with specific learning difficulties and believes that a multi-modal approach is needed to best support those students.

Julia Taylor-James

No matter who you are or the circumstances into which you are born, life is one heck of a ride! ?

Three decades of navigating her own life and being fascinated by those around her doing exactly the same thing, led Julia to train as a Life Coach and Educator. ?Now, with ten years? experience, Julia?s fascination remains intact and she truly finds her purpose in helping others to retain (or reclaim) the spirit, grit and joyfulness that she believes are the key ingredients for a life of fulfilment, balance and connection.

Julia is particularly interested in equipping people with techniques to deal with life?s curveballs on their own. ?She knows that everyone has the resources within themselves to come back stronger and better from testing times. They just need a little instruction.

Julia is an expert in Strategic Intervention Coaching (SI) and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), and uses both extensively in her work. ?She is also skilled at stress management and finding strategies to relieve stress immediately for a healthier, more productive daily life. ?

Julia works with all age groups and has recently developed a life coaching programme for intermediate age students. Julia is passionate about supporting both teachers and students?with their increased levels of stress, offering techniques?and strategies to minimise anxiety.