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The centre opened in 2005 in the heart of Ponteland and currently has over 200 students studying the maths and/or English study programmes.
Students come mainly from the Ponteland and Darras Hall areas but there are some who come from further afield to attend the Saturday class. The current age range of students at the centre is from four to 18 years old and many attend local schools, although Kumon caters for children of all ages and abilities.
There are a team of assistants at the centre, many of whom have studied or are studying the Kumon programmes themselves.
Our intensive 'study skills area' allows new students to settle in well to Kumon, as well as learn essential study skills for life. Students are moved to the independent area of the room when they have gained sufficient skills to work independently through challenging worksheets. The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
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 all other aspects of adult life.
My name is Liz Burrin and I am the Instructor at the Kumon Ponteland Study Centre. Having trained and worked in Newcastle as a physiotherapist and later as a medical representative for a pharmaceutical company, I became a full time mother when my eldest daughter was born.
I discovered the Kumon Method and we enrolled my daughter on the Kumon Maths Programme. We never looked back and subsequently, in the years that followed, enrolled our four younger children as soon as they entered reception at school.
Having moved to Ponteland, the opportunity arose for me to open the Kumon Ponteland Study Centre and this seemed the next natural step for me to take. I have instructed hundreds of children in the Kumon Method, many of them reaching the very high levels of the programme and some going on to complete the programme to A-level standard equivalent work, often working on material that is well beyond their school age.
With my own five children having studied both the maths and English programmes, nobody has better experience of telling you the commitment we ask at Kumon, but it is so worthwhile and rewarding when you see what your child can achieve.
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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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