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My name is Liz Proctor, I took over the Kumon Sherwood Study Centre in 2017.
I was first introduced to Kumon when my daughter secured a job as an assistant at the Centre. She subsequently moved away to University and my other daughter took over the role. My son also completed part of the maths programme in the lead up to his GCSE exams, I saw his confidence grow to such an extent that he is studying maths at A level.
I have worked as a Chartered Accountant for over thirty years, successfully combining a professional career with the demands of family life and enjoyed many years of interaction with young people through my involvement in various school activities. Kumon has allowed me to pursue a new challenge in an area I am passionate about – the education of young people.
I aim to encourage our young people to achieve to the best of their abilities so that they can move on to the next chapter in their lives equipped to make the most of the opportunities available to them.
I seek to create a relaxed but studious environment where the children know there is always help available and that mistakes are OK. We all make them, and by correcting them we learn, and continue to learn even as adults.
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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