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The centre has been running in Archway since 1994 and provides maths and English programmes for students of all ages and abilities; currently the youngest student is three years old.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
The majority of the students at the centre are studying at a level which is six months or more ahead of their school level. Their parents have often commented on how their child's confidence and attitude have developed positively through their Kumon journey.
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 about equal numbers of maths and English students and the centre has developed particular expertise with students whose first language is not English.
There is a dedicated team of multi-lingual young assistants, most of whom have gone through the Kumon programmes themselves. The centre has considerable experience in working with young learners, from nursery age onwards, many of whom develop into long term success stories through Kumon.
Many of the students attend schools within the area and live locally.
My name is Gill Hoggard and I am the Instructor at the Archway Study Centre.
I have had a long career in teaching both in Britain and overseas, initially specialising in English as a foreign language. More than 20 years ago I retrained in maths and computing and ran a centre for children's computer studies; I also worked as an Ofsted inspector for a number of years. In this way, I got to see a great deal of maths in schools, both primary and secondary.
Since 1994, I have run the Archway Study Centre. My three children have all benefitted from Kumon and some of my earliest students are now teachers. We currently have a thriving class of whom about one third speak English as an additional language, and the majority are working above their school level in maths and English.
I have stuck with Kumon through thick and thin - the older I get, the more I see the benefits. It's lovely to meet former pupils or parents and to hear they are studying maths at university or winning scholarships and short-story competitions - or just a lot happier at school.
Do please call me to discuss how we can help your child achieve - possibly more than you ever imagined.
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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.
They don't. A Kumon student progresses based on their current ability and not their age, although we believe that every child has unlimited potential and can ultimately tackle advanced work through well-paced and individualised instruction. We have children of similar ages studying different material and children of different ages studying the same material. Everything is dependent on the student's needs, not on how old they are.
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.
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.
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