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Hello and welcome! My name is Dawn Willoughby and I am the Instructor at the Kumon Henley-on-Thames Study Centre.
Becoming a Kumon Instructor has given me a unique opportunity to use my knowledge and skills gained in teaching, as well as the life experiences acquired in raising three children! I am committed to working in partnership with families as we help children to reach their full potential by developing invaluable study skills and building confidence as they become independent learners.
I have worked in education for many years, having previously taught students of all ages in schools, colleges, university, and also as a home tutor. I am a qualified secondary school teacher, and hold an undergraduate degree in statistics and a masters degree in education leadership. I have published four books about education and mathematics.
I am very proud to be a Kumon Instructor and I thoroughly enjoy running the Henley-on-Thames Study Centre with care and commitment. I look forward to working with you to support your child’s development as they begin their Kumon journey.
Kumon is a self-learning programme with each student receiving 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, either in the centre or their online class, 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.
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