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The centre was established in 1995 and has been run by its present Instructor since 2001. During this time, many of the students have attained levels of competence way above their age.
At present, students at the centre currently range from four to 16 years of age, although Kumon caters for children of all ages and abilities. The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
Each class in the centre has four assistants plus the Instructor, and thus no student should have to wait for more than a few minutes for further guidance or to have their class work marked.
Students with parents waiting in the church car park are escorted back to their parents by an assistant when they have finished their work in the centre.
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.
I am Pauline Jones and I have been a Kumon Instructor for over 12 years, having worked as an assistant at the study centre from soon after it was established. Prior to this I had worked in schools in the UK and abroad in various roles from learning support and class room assistant to Science Technician. My original training and subsequent work as a Dietician introduced me to individual instruction and small group teaching as well as lecturing to nurses, doctors and other groups.
My younger son was one of the study centre's first students and I was most impressed by the way the programme boosted his confidence in maths; this in turn gave him the courage to trust his ability and try something unfamiliar.
One of my fulfilling moments is when I meet former students or one of their parents and hear news about their progress in life in the time since they were at the centre. Most will refer to the time spent on the Kumon programmes and how it has helped them academically or with life skills during the time they spent in education or since.
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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.
The registration and monthly fee varies slightly from centre to centre. Click here to find the fees for your local study centre.