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The centre was opened in 1997 and is now a thriving and important part of the local community. The majority of students live in the local area and attend local schools, while other students travel from surrounding areas on the outskirts of Chelmsford.
Students are of all ages and abilities; at present, the youngest student is four years old and the oldest student is 16. Ability levels of the students range from very high to those who struggle with maths and English.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study. A highly dedicated team of staff help in the running of the centre, making sure that students achieve their goals on every visit.
Early learners and newly-enrolled students receive guided self-study from a member of the team, in both written and oral work.
Kumon should not be considered a traditional tuition provider; rather than ‘teaching’ students, we encourage them to become independent learners who are ultimately able to face unfamiliar work with confidence, as well as challenges in the wider world.
Hi, my name is Mangala Lele and I am the Instructor at the Kumon Chelmsford South Study Centre.
After graduating with a BSc I undertook several jobs in the textile industry; it in within this profession I became aware of the importance of good literacy and numeracy skills. I had to produce information in a clear and concise mannner, for example, producing spreadsheets and other data that was accessible to all levels of manufacturing and managerial staff.
My initial interest in Kumon came from watching my nephew completing his work with little or no help at all. I was not only impressed with the worksheets but also with the Kumon Method. The idea of working at one's own pace and on an individualised pathway particularly appealed to me, and I decided to establish my own centre.
The programme has enabled countless students to reach their potential, allowing them to learn from their mistakes in a safe and supportive environment. I have seen previously struggling students looking forward to the challenge of progressing to higher levels; out-shining their peers in maths and English.
The training I received and practical experience over the last 20 years has allowed me to help countless students to reach their potential. It is this that motivates and keeps me enthusiastic about Kumon.
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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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