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Hi, my name is Claire Hallam and I have been the Instructor at the Raynes Park Study Centre since May 2004. I strongly believe that all children should have the opportunity to excel and fulfil their potential.
Before I became an Instructor, my children studied Kumon and as a Kumon parent I experienced first hand the benefits of the Kumon programmes.
As a city lawyer, I volunteered to listen to children from a primary school in Tower Hamlets read. The children were very excited and enthusiastic about being listened to and this made me realise how rewarding it is to help educate children.
Over the last thirteen years of running my centre, I have seen the positive impact that the Kumon programmes have had on the large number of students that have attended my centre not only in terms of improving their abilities in maths and English, but also in developing their study skills, concentration, motivation and confidence. These skills enable students to become mature, independent learners.
Seeing students succeed is the most rewarding part of my role and I particularly like the fact that I can set each student's work individually so that they can work at their ideal pace.
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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