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My name is Penelope Barlow and I am delighted to introduce myself as the Instructor of the Kumon Hull, Cottingham Road Study Centre, which I opened in 2014.
Before joining Kumon I spent several years teaching English abroad to non-native speakers. I enjoyed supporting students of all ages with varying needs and from a range of different backgrounds. This was a wonderful chapter in my career when I was able to combine my love of travelling with my love for teaching. As my career developed I took on more senior roles, supporting other teachers and running successful study programmes both in the UK and abroad.
On returning to settle in the UK, I trained as a secondary maths teacher at Leeds University, where I had successfully graduated with a degree in Maths and Physics some years previously. Working in secondary education certainly has its challenges, but knowing that you have contributed to a child’s education and seeing them grow in confidence is extremely rewarding.
I take great pride in being able to foster enhanced learning skills and academic ability in children who attend my study centre.
I look forward to being a part of your child’s 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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