Free Beechboro-based tutoring company reaching out to Indigenous students


(From left) Emily Kimm (14) of Ellenbrook, Karni Bidi chairperson Maria Dzubiel, Innovative Teaching Academy director Anita Huynh Edens, Good Shepherd Catholic School principal Jim Di Carlo  and Jaden Dzubiel (18) of Ellenbrook. Picture: David Baylis  d477674
(From left) Emily Kimm (14) of Ellenbrook, Karni Bidi chairperson Maria Dzubiel, Innovative Teaching Academy director Anita Huynh Edens, Good Shepherd Catholic School principal Jim Di Carlo and Jaden Dzubiel (18) of Ellenbrook. Picture: David Baylis d477674

A BEECHBORO-based tutoring academy is aiming to expand its free tutoring services to as many indigenous students as possible, in a bid to help students complete WACE.

Innovative Teaching Academy (ITA), which also has branches in Malaga and Northbridge, started the service in term two in 2017.

The service covered about 200 students from Years 1 to 12 in schools including St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, Clontarf College and Perth College in 2017. Students are tutored in English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, human biology, OLNA and NAPLAN.

ITA director Anita Huynh Edens said the company’s mission was to close the gap between the marks of indigenous and non-indigenous students and help them enter into tertiary education.

There were several reasons for the disparity, Ms Edens said, including that of parents who could not afford tutors or could not go to the office because of transport problems.

“I don’t want my students, who I have brought up to an A to drop back down to a C, just because of money,” Ms Edens said.

“I am all about education, so instead of throwing money to charity, I can actually make a difference (on my own).”

Ms Edens said the academy was looking to bring the service to Guildford Grammar School and Kiara College’s Girls Academy in 2018.