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Students who performed well in the tests showed initiative, good communication skills and logic.

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) have released data from its first-ever global group problem-solving assessment.

The principal PISA 2015 study benchmarked the academic attainment of 15-year-olds across 72 countries and cities in the core subjects of science, reading and maths, though in the first study of its kind, PISA 2015 additionally examined students’ ability to work in groups to solve problems.

This addition aimed to identify if students have the collaborative skills essential for the 21st century.

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“The boys love going to class. They like studying in a group and working alongside children of different ages.”

Seven-year-old Hendry and his younger brother Albert are students at the Kumon Ashford, Middlesex Study Centre.

With support and encouragement from their Instructor Radhika, the boys have flourished on Kumon’s maths programme since enrolling. Both began studying on the programmes at a young age, Hendry was four and Albert was enrolled when he was five.

Hendry has always shown a natural interest in numbers and loved solving puzzles while his mother, Derry tried her best to keep him occupied and engaged. Kumon presented the perfect channel to nurture his enthusiasm and mathematical interest ahead of starting Reception.  [ Click here for full story ]

“Children are born with unlimited potential.”– Toru Kumon

“Children are born with unlimited potential.” – Toru Kumon

Every parent or guardian believes in the potential of their child and has great dreams for his or her future; we’ve explored five ways you can support your child as they work towards building a bright future for themselves:

  1. Identify strengths and weaknesses
    Being able to identify your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses through a frank discussion with them will allow you to assess their current ability together. Once established, some extra practice could be dedicated to their weaker areas to ensure there are no gaps in their learning and that they can progress confidently, and additional focus can be placed on their strengths to enhance their interest in, and engagement with, this topic. [ Click here for full story ]

“I started Kumon late, but it made a big difference in my maths abilities.”

Last October, Shai came to Kumon for extra support ahead of her maths GCSE; and this summer, after a short eight months of study, she’d accomplished her goal of achieving a grade 4 result.

Shai had always struggled with maths and had previously tried one-to-one tuition which hadn’t suited. She had heard about Kumon from friends and suggested it to her mum, Jennita.

Instructor at the Wembley Central Study Centre, Navaz, said: “Shai’s main objective was to pass her maths GCSE; I explained I could not give any guarantees as Kumon is a long-term study programme and we only had eight months, nonetheless, subject to her working hard, I could guarantee she’d become more confident with maths overall.”

A two-week Free Trial at the centre helped Shai make up her mind to give Kumon a try. [ Click here for full story ]