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The centre was established in late 2002, and is now a thriving and important part of the local community. It provides maths and English programmes for students of all ages and abilities in a friendly, relaxed but studious atmosphere.
The centre is run by Instructor Sara Bradley. Students at the study centre are from various backgrounds, with and without specialised needs, and live predominantly in the local area. Students at the centre are currently aged between four and 16 years old.
Some students study maths, others English, but a growing number of students study both subjects. 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.
Hello, my name is Sara Bradley and I have been a Kumon Instructor since 2000.
Living out in the Middle East for a number of years, I was often approached to teach English privately as well as in schools and the local community centre. I did this as a hobby; the joy of seeing students achieve was payment enough. Having a growing passion for education and an increasing awareness of its importance, I enrolled at college as a mature student to gain a teaching qualification on my return to the UK.
From my teaching experiences in primary schools, I realised that many children struggled with basic mathematics and comprehension skills so began searching for something that would offer support for such pupils. That was when I first heard about Kumon. The more I learned about Kumon the more excited I became, that yes, this was what I was looking for!
Visiting Kumon headquarters, learning about the individualised aspect to study and working through the programmes only served to convince me that Kumon could actually help children at every level, whether they were weaker students, average but with ambitions or high-fliers who wanted to excel.
It is so rewarding to celebrate my students achievements.
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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.