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The centre opened in 2001. Since then, several hundred students ranging in age from three to 47 years old have enjoyed the benefits of studying maths and English using the Kumon Method. The majority of students at the centre currently range in age from four to 16 years old.
Most students are able to walk straight from the neighbouring schools to the centre, whilst others travel from Flitwick and the many surrounding villages around Ampthill.
The supportive atmosphere in the study centre encourages children to quickly become independent, confident learners, able to organise themselves and their work. The Instructor at the centre is always on hand to guide and motivate students. Several assistants from the local upper school, many of whom have been Kumon students themselves, provide additional support with marking, reading and oral maths work.
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 Theresa Burnett and I have been a Kumon Instructor since 2001. I first came across Kumon after starting to home-educate my three children. I was immediately impressed by Kumon's philosophy of individualised study and commitment to developing each child's full potential; ideals which were very much in line with my values as a parent. As a home educator, I was aware of how different children are, both in terms of how they learn and how they are motivated. I truly believe that given the right skills and support there is no limit to what a child can achieve.
With more than 15 years’ experience as a Kumon parent and Instructor, I believe I have gained a valuable insight into meeting each child's individual needs. I am patient and empathetic, supporting both student and parent along their Kumon journey.
One of the most rewarding parts of my role is watching a child grow in confidence, often starting as an unsure, reluctant student then blossoming into a self-assured young person who is willing to tackle any new work with confidence. It's also a great feeling when you bump into an ex-student or parent later in life and they remember how much Kumon has helped them reach their goals.
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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.