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The centre has been part of the local community since it opened in 1996.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
The majority of students at the centre attend local schools and range from preschoolers to those in secondary school studying A levels. Newly enrolled students are also closely monitored to ensure that they too acquire the study skills and self-assurance to go on to become confident, independent learners.
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 other aspects of adult life.
As well as the Instructor, the centre has a receptionist and 12 assistants who have been trained to support the development of the children participating on both the maths and English programmes and this includes providing activities such as listening to children read or reciting their multiplication tables.
There is a monthly newsletter and parents are kept regularly informed of their child’s progress.
My name is Heather Hurd-Sinclair and I have been a Kumon Instructor since 2013.
Before becoming a Kumon Instructor, I spent a number of years teaching English to speakers of other languages. I feel that my studies, work experience and the ongoing training provided by Kumon will equip me with the skills necessary to fulfil my aim of creating a centre of excellence. One that students, parents and staff will be proud to attend.
I have a passionate belief that education is a means to improving and changing lives which is what attracted me to the Kumon Method of Learning with its emphasis on developing confident, independent learners.
I have found it very rewarding to witness the pleasure that children find in their own achievements, especially when it is something they previously thought they were not able to do. Children will come into the centre happy that they were able to do something in school that day because they had already done it with Kumon.
I have always encouraged my own children to pursue educational opportunities and to see learning as a lifelong activity to be enjoyed. I am proud to be involved with providing children with the opportunity to develop valuable lifelong skills.
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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.
They don't. A Kumon student progresses based on their current ability and not their age, although we believe that every child has unlimited potential and can ultimately tackle advanced work through well-paced and individualised instruction. We have children of similar ages studying different material and children of different ages studying the same material. Everything is dependent on the student's needs, not on how old they are.
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.
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.
The registration and monthly fee varies slightly from centre to centre. Click here to find the fees for your local study centre.