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Welcome to the Dartford Study Centre, opened in 1999.
The vast majority of students at the centre attend local schools and currently vary in age from five to 15 years old, highlighting the ability of Kumon to benefit students of all ages and abilities.
The centre is staffed with the Instructor, Centre Manager, receptionist and ten assistants. The Centre Manager is a former Kumon Instructor and has 18 years experience.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
Unlike the process of a traditional tuition provider, Kumon encourages students to take their learning into their own hands. The role of the Kumon Instructor is to provide guidance, support and encouragement, allowing the student to develop their own independent learning strategies.
The centre is also close to Dartford Library and students are encouraged to sign up and visit the library regularly.
Hello, my name is Duncan Harper and I am the Instructor at the Kumon Dartford Study Centre.
During my working career I became involved with Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership. The partnership puts businesses in touch with local schools to help support reading, maths and IT skills at the schools. I became a regular volunteer and school governor at Smithy Street School in Tower Hamlets, and thoroughly enjoyed working with the children. As a result, I decided to follow a career in education after taking early retirement and became a Kumon Instructor, taking over the Dartford centre in 2010.
Being a Kumon parent, I witnessed both my sons’ study skills, independence and confidence put into use in their further studies.
The most rewarding element of Kumon is undoubtedly working with the students. I am constantly surprised by the ability of students to study advanced topics and there is always a great feeling of satisfaction when a student has a “light bulb moment” of understanding or produces a fast and accurate piece of work.
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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.