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Established in 1997, the thriving centre provides the Kumon Maths and English Programmes.
Close to St Richards, Central and Kingsham primary schools, and near to Chichester boys' and girls' schools, children also come to this study centre from Emsworth, Bognor, Selsey, The Witterings and nearby villages. The centre welcomes children of all ages and abilities, whether they require further support to succeed academically or are seeking an additional challenge so they can fulfil their potential.
Children attend the centre once or twice a week, with some students having studied at the centre for seven to eight years, so there is always a wide range of ages at the centre.
As well as the Instructor, there are class assistants who have a firm understanding of the Kumon Method of Learning and help support students to become confident, independent learners.
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.
Hi there! My name is Patricia Dack and I have been the Kumon Chichester Study Centre Instructor since 2010.
I joined Kumon as a senior class assistant when my eldest daughter was attending Kumon to improve her maths ability and increase her confidence. She started Kumon at age six. After seeing how Kumon could change a child’s attitude to a subject they previously disliked or struggled with, I decided to train as an Instructor.
Being a Kumon parent, I can offer advice based on my own experience of the study programme. It has been really rewarding to enable so many children to progress and achieve where they previously may not have. The change which occurs in a child as their confidence grows and they begin to understand is really good to witness.
At my weekly classes, I always look forward to hearing about students’ exam results and how they have progressed at school. It is satisfying to hear that pupils have moved up a set, won a special prize or are just enjoying their learning for the first time. Through meeting each child regularly at class, I get to know them. This helps me to individualise their daily Kumon study plan to produce the best results for each student.
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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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