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The centre was established in 1988 and was one of the first five Kumon centres to open in the UK. It has a well-established reputation and welcomes students of all ages and abilities, but currently has students aged between three and 16 years old.
The Acton West Study Centre also caters for Kokugo (a language programme for students whose native language is Japanese).
The centre is also unique in that it holds a copy of all of the worksheets and study material in the centre itself, allowing parents and students easy access to view the full range of Kumon material, up to the highest available level, at all times during our opening hours.
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. The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
My name is Teruko Mori and I have been the Instructor at the Acton West Study Centre since it was established in 1988. At the time, I had recently come from Japan and was evaluating methods for giving my children extra tuition, as I was worried they may be falling behind their peers in terms of their language abilities.
I have long been a believer in structured self-learning, with active involvement of the parents, and I was convinced that Kumon could provide a stimulating and practical route to achieving this.
I opened the Acton West Study Centre soon after and during more than 25 years of running the centre, have had the privilege of seeing many children through the whole of their primary and secondary education reach their full potential. Many have been offered scholarships, as well as going on to top schools such as Westminster and St Paul's Girls and Boys Schools, and subsequently on to universities such as Cambridge and Imperial.
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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.
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