Edinburgh Portobello - Deirdre Bracks
Deirdre Bracks

About this centre

The centre has been open since 1995, offering both maths and English study programmes. It is now a thriving and important part of the local community.

At the centre, there are students of all abilities and ages, ranging presently from four to 14 years old.

Students generally attend once a week, and each class visit lasts approximately 30 minutes per subject. During this time, parents are welcome to wait downstairs in the library, where tea and coffee are available.

The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study. The team of six assistants and the Instructor are on hand in class to offer support and encouragement. The Instructor sees each student while they attend class on a one-to-one basis to give feedback and offer help and discuss goals and progress.

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.

My name is Deirdre Bracks and I became the Instructor at the Edinburgh, Portobello Study Centre in November 2011.

I have experience of working with children in the school environment and also in adult training and know that the lifelong study skills developed at Kumon, along with the solid foundations in English and/or maths will prove invaluable in later life.

From raising my own children, I know the challenges you may face. My role as a Kumon Instructor is to guide and motivate your child, encouraging them to become independent learners. Allowing students to learn from their mistakes is a vital part of the learning process and pointing them in the right direction to obtain the correct answers by themselves is a very satisfying aspect of my job. Seeing them grow in confidence and being prepared to “have a go” by themselves is what I strive for.

I continually set short and long-term goals with each student so that together we can all share and enjoy their progress.

Since becoming an Instructor, I have witnessed many children’s ability grow and they become confident, positive students who understand that like everything else in life; practice makes perfect.

I consider myself very fortunate to have such a fulfilling career.

Class Times

Monday 15:30 - 17:30
Tuesday Non-class day
Wednesday Non-class day
Thursday Non-class day
Friday 15:30 - 17:30
Saturday Non-class day
Sunday Non-class day


One off fee
Registration Fee £30
What is the Registration Fee?
To get your child started with Kumon study you will pay a one off registration fee to register them as a student
Per month
Per subject £60

Your child will attend the Kumon study centre for up to two days a week

Five other sets of work completed at home each week
 How long does a class take?
The time taken to complete a day's work may be around 30 minutes per subject. The study time is completely down to each individual and the level of the programme they are currently at.
Disabled access available
Family waiting area
Early learners section
Parking - Free
Public Transport - Bus

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Portobello Library
14 Rose Field Avenue
Edinburgh city
EH15 1AU
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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.

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 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.

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.

Please click here to download a brochure with more details about your child studying with Kumon.

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