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My name is Christine and I took over the Kumon Oxford, Headington Study Centre in January 2014.
I became a Kumon Instructor because I saw the difference Kumon had made to my daughter and how the programmes gave her a good foundation in maths, particularly mental maths and a love for reading. I watched her excel not only in maths and English but also in her ability to manage time.
Prior to this, I was a teacher and head teacher for 20 years in Africa, Australia and England and realised that a good grounding in maths and English was absolutely essential to the future progress of children of all abilities.
I am also a foster parent and all my foster children have gone through the Kumon programmes and have been surprised at their own abilities as they improved, became engaged at school and began to move up sets. One child made two years progress in six months and was moved out of special needs.
The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the children develop confidence and become independent learners. Together with an excellent team of assistants (most of whom have either done Kumon or are parents) we ensure each child reaches their full potential.
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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