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The centre was established in 2008 and moved into permanent premises in 2012. There are number of local primary and secondary schools within close proximity of the centre.The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
The youngest student currently studying at the centre is three years old and the oldest is 16, however the Kumon programmes are suitable for students of all ages and abilities.
The Instructor is supported by a team of five class assistants who are responsible for a number of duties to support student’s development. Two of the class assistants are Kumon students who have studied the higher levels of the programmes.
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 Debi O'Connor and I run the Hartlepool Study Centre. Prior to opening the Hartlepool centre, I worked at a local primary school as a Teaching Assistant whilst studying for a degree in education. I was also involved in delivering maths and literacy programmes throughout the school, working with a range of differing abilities.
I am very committed to ensuring that every child in my centre develops to their full potential. I am experienced in working with students of all ages and abilities to enable them to overcome any difficulties. I was interested in the Kumon programmes because they offer the opportunity for every child to work at their own pace and their own level of understanding and this is something that I believe is invaluable in supporting a child's education. I find my role as a Kumon Instructor extremely rewarding and I love to hear how students have progressed in school through their work at Kumon.
My aim for the Hartlepool Study Centre is to promote a nurturing environment of growth and understanding for my students. The centre enrols students all year round. For further information, an informal chat or to visit the centre, please do not hesitate to give me a call.
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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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