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The centre has been open since 2008 and provides maths and English programmes for students of all ages and abilities. Many of the students at the centre attend schools within the area and live in the local community.
At present, students at the centre range from four to 15 years of age. Some students study the maths programmes and others the English programme, but a growing number of students have opted to study both subjects.
There is a number of assistants at the centre that support the Instructor in helping student's development.The role of the Kumon Instructor is to provide guidance, support and encouragement, allowing the student to develop their own independent learning strategies.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study. Unlike the process of a traditional tuition provider, Kumon encourages students to take their learning into their own hands.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Instructor.
My name is Clare Banbridge and I am the Instructor at the Newcastle-under-Lyme Study Centre. I have numerous years of teaching experience in primary schools, I have been lucky enough to teach all age groups from reception to Year 6.
It was while on a sailing holiday in 2007 in Greece that I met a 'Kumon' family. Every morning, the English worksheets were completed before excursions began. I had not heard of Kumon before, but the idea of a structured, step-by-step, 'little and often' approach made perfect sense to me.
Since joining Kumon in 2008, it has surpassed my expectations of how much difference a strong base in calculation and reading comprehension can make to an individual. Not only has it helped my students achieve higher grades in maths and English but the learning skills and confidence they have gained has helped to increase their level of achievement in all subjects
I always try to encourage more independent study by encouraging students to read widely and to have a go at our writing and art competitions. The ability to learn and act independently really helps when students need to tackle longer school homework tasks such as essays, topic work or test revision.
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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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