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The Kumon Frome Study Centre, which is based in the heart of the St Catherine’s district of Frome, has been running since 2007.
Kumon 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. We currently have students ranging in age from pre-schoolers to adult learners. All are working on an individualised programme towards targets which allow them to excel.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study. Similar to other tuition providers the Kumon programmes focus on essential academic skills, but we go one step further by developing a child’s independent study skills, needed for school, university, employment and all other aspects of adult life.
At the Frome Study Centre, the Instructor is supported by five fully trained class assistants, including an experienced Senior Assistant. This allows all students to be supported one-to-one when they first enrol, to be observed at every class in order to actively build their study skills and to develop the confidence to reach their potential.
My name is Susan Gatward. Since opening the centre, I have nurtured many children through the Kumon Maths and English programmes.
I have a background in mental health, research and psychology and more recently I was a primary teacher for six years. My long-term interest in working with children and helping them reach their true potential led me to Kumon, and now I cannot imagine myself working in any other setting.
Being able to watch my students grow in confidence, and help them develop the study skills and mind set to challenge themselves even further is the most rewarding part of my job as a Kumon Instructor.
Both of my children have studied on the Kumon programmes since the age of two, so I've had the advantage of watching them develop a true love of learning in all areas of their lives.
My eldest son, Elijah, progressed from the first levels of the English programme (where he learnt to read), right through to the end of the programme where he was interpreting and critiquing advanced texts commonly explored by A-level students. He completed the programme at the age of seven, becoming the youngest student in the UK to do so.
My aim is to support students to develop their maths, English and study skills, in partnership with their parents, and foster them to become independent learners.
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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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