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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.
The youngest student currently studying at the centre is three years old and the oldest is 17 years old, however Kumon is for students of all ages and abilities.
There are a team of seven to eight class assistants that work at the study centre alongside the Instructor. Many of the assistants are A-Level students and some have studied the Kumon programmes. The assistants support the Instructor and the students with maths and English, oral reading, times table practice and working with early learners.
Newsletters are regularly placed in the waiting area to keep parents up to date with current class news.
My name is Kathleen Wilkinson and I am the Instructor of the Kumon Scunthorpe Study Centre since 2011. When the opportunity came to take over the study centre in Scunthorpe, it was a natural step forward for me to combine my experience and enthusiasm in maths, English and in development and learning with a well-established and effective supplementary education programme. While I was training with Kumon, I worked closely with the previous Instructor in the centre to ensure that I became familiar with the students and parents.
Being a Kumon parent also gave me experience of the Kumon programmes as well as understanding the benefits these programmes can bring. This also gave me a parent’s perspective on studying Kumon which is invaluable in understanding and communicating with the parents at my centre.
And so, with my knowledge, qualifications and experience, combined with my belief in the benefits of the Kumon programmes, makes me an enthusiastic Instructor. I am keen to ensure that all students at the centre experience these benefits for themselves.
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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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