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The centre provides maths and English programmes for students of all ages and abilities and has been serving the local community since 2000.
Most of our students attend schools within the area and live in the local community and the current age range of students at the centre is four to 16 years old. 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.
There are eight assistants who help the Instructor with classroom work, providing encouragement and support to enable your child to settle in quickly and make optimum progress. The aim is to maintain professional standards through a centre which runs smoothly, is sensitive to students' needs and has good student and parent relationships.
Hello, I am Paul Hopkins and I’m the Instructor at the Altrincham Study Centre.
I have been immersed in education for 28 years and I am a fully qualified teacher. The experience I have had in education supports me extremely well in my role. Furthermore, being a Kumon parent for ten years motivated me to become a Kumon Instructor.
My two children have both undertaken the Kumon Maths Programme. They have benefited tremendously from the programme and progressed from finding maths difficult to being very comfortable with the subject. The Kumon Maths Programme allowed both of them to work at a level above the school curriculum and, without doubt, increase their confidence and ability.
What gives me great pleasure is holding progress review meetings with parents and looking in detail at the progress their child has made over several months. What I have also found extremely satisfying is when students come to class and tell me about the progress and success they have made at school. Examples of comments often made include: ‘I’m now in the top maths set’; ‘I finished my test first and got the highest mark’; and one of my favourites: ‘I won the schools maths competition’. Seeing their increased confidence and heightened sense of self-belief is priceless.
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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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