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The centre is well established and has supported many students from the Balham area since it opened in 2000.
Many students at the Balham Study Centre come via personal recommendation from local primary and secondary schools, as well as several private schools. The maths and English study programmes offered at the centre help students of all ages and abilities to realise their potential both at school and beyond. At present, students at the centre range from pre-schoolers to secondary school age students. Many of the students have been with the Balham centre for several years and have grown to work independently and confidently, which has enabled many of them to reach and stay in the top sets at school.
Along with the Instructor, James Dacie, the centre's team of experienced and dedicated assistants are on hand to help the Instructor with the smooth running of the centre. New students receive more one-to-one attention at the start of their Kumon journey so that quickly learn the class routine and the essential study skills needed to progress with ease.
The general atmosphere at the centre is very friendly and students see the Instructor during class for the chance to talk about their current work and goals so that they can be given appropriate feedback on their progress.
My name is James Dacie and I have been involved in teaching all my working life. Firstly, I was a teacher and then course director of two language schools In London. After that I taught for several years at South Thames College in the Wandsworth and Tooting centres, and since September 2000 I have been the Instructor at the Kumon Balham Study Centre.
It is very exciting to be able to help those students who are struggling with their school work, as well as challenging those students who are excelling in maths and English. I love the opportunity to be involved with the education of individual students over many years, often seeing them develop their skills from primary school to GCSE level and beyond.
My role as Kumon Instructor is to guide and motivate my students whilst helping them develop their own independent skills. For me, the most rewarding part of being an Instructor is seeing my students become more confident individuals, helping them grow and develop along their Kumon journey.
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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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