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The centre has been established since 1995. Students of all ages and abilities attend the centre for an average of three years – the longest standing student has attended the centre for seven years. Several previous students also now help out as assistants in the dynamic, thriving centre.
The Harlequin Rugby Club is located next to Cherwell School. The centre occupies the whole building which is on the ground level.
Students from all the local schools attend the centre and usually attend for about 30 minutes. 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. The role of the Kumon Instructor is to provide guidance, support and encouragement, allowing the student to develop their own independent learning strategies.
I have been a Kumon Instructor for 18 years.
At school in France I was excellent at maths and did a maths and physics baccalaureate. I then did a degree in international and development economics at the London School of Economics where I discovered that my grounding in maths, particularly mental maths, helped me fully access the course.
The most rewarding aspect of being a Kumon Instructor is the return of parents, a few years after their children have left my centre, who tell me that it has made a fundamental difference to their lives. I am at the stage now where children who did Kumon with me are bringing their own children to the centre to receive instruction.
I enjoy sharing the successes of all of my students, which I celebrate with them at our annual award ceremony. Over the years, a number of students have completed the Kumon programmes, and I was particularly proud of their accomplishments.
As a Kumon parent myself I have enduring memories of the difficulty of getting four little boys to establish a routine of daily study as well as marking eight Kumon worksheets every night. However, as my boys have grown, each successful in the field that they have chosen, I can see that their strong foundation in numeracy and literacy has made a fundamental difference to their lives.
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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.
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