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Established in 2008, the centre provides a motivating learning environment for children of all ages and abilities, with those at the centre currently ranging from nursery age through to Year 11.
The majority of students attend local schools as we have seven primary schools within one mile of the centre – Derwentwater, Berrymede, St Vincents, East Acton, Southfield, West Acton and Wendell Park. Although most of our students come from these schools because of their proximity, we also attract students from secondary and independent schools in the wider area.
There are 18 well-trained assistants from top universities at the centre, who support the student’s development by marking and recording all activity that takes place in the class. The assistants work alongside the Instructor, Ryoko Kimura and the senior assistant, who is also fully qualified in delivering the Kumon Method.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study. Kumon should not be considered a traditional tuition provider as, rather than ‘teaching’ students, we encourage them to become independent learners who feel confident in their own abilities and able to face unfamiliar work.
My name is Ryoko Kimura and I am the Instructor at the Acton Central Study Centre. I have had a lifelong interest in education.
I managed English language centres in Tokyo for Japanese nationals keen to improve their skills. It was during this time that I became interested in individualised education as the range of abilities in any one class was vast. I was so impressed with the Kumon Method of Learning that I immediately applied and completed my training in 2008 to open my centre.
Helping my students develop and progress in the thriving community of Acton is challenging but always rewarding. I have directly witnessed how powerful individualised learning can be in comparison to a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The system allows me to set work for each child based entirely on their individual ability.
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Kumon offers much more than tutoring and differs from traditional teaching in the classroom. Rather than preparing children for a particular test or assessment, Kumon empowers students to learn for themselves, through individualised instruction and carefully developed worksheets.
As well as developing key skills in maths and English, each Kumon student will work towards building their independent learning skills and confidence in their own abilities. This means that a Kumon student will not be dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others.
Students can start learning with Kumon from age two upwards. We currently have students as young as two years old studying with us, ranging all the way up to those about to go to university; Kumon helps children of any age and any ability. The sooner children begin, the earlier they can start developing skills to gain the greatest cumulative benefit; as soon as you feel your family is ready to make the commitment to long-term study, Kumon will be ready to help you achieve your goal.
Kumon is a self-learning programme but each student receives regular support from their Instructor. The carefully developed worksheets teach students how to find the answer for themselves, whilst their Instructor offers guidance when necessary. The key role of each Kumon Instructor is to observe their students working, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.
As a global programme, Kumon does not follow a school curriculum, but rather is complementary to curricula across the world. The primary aim of the Kumon Method is to develop independent learning skills. These independent learning skills enhance the students’ performance right across the school curriculum. Kumon operates at exactly the right level for each student – regardless of their age – ensuring that work set extends and develops their skills, confidence and ability.
Both, and every child in between. This is because of our individualised approach to education, which always asks the question: "What is best for this individual child?" Following a diagnostic test, a study plan is set to develop the ability of the child and to progress them beyond the Kumon International Standard (an international approximation of their school level) regardless of their starting point. Kumon welcomes students with special educational needs, gifted and talented children, and all those who believe they can achieve more and fulfil their potential.
Please click here to download a brochure with more details about your child studying with Kumon.