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The centre was established in 1994 and welcomes students of all ages and abilities.
Many of the students come to the centre via personal recommendation and the students at the centre currently range from pre-schoolers to A level students. Students attending the centre include those who find English and/or maths challenging at school, some looking to increase their ability and some for whom English is a second language.
Overseen by the Instructor, Fabienne, there are eight to ten friendly, approachable members of staff whose role it is to support the students' development, both from an academic and a self-learning skills perspective. The team includes bright, committed students and graduates, all with excellent experience.
An adult staff member is in charge of early learners, providing one-to-one support in developing children's pencil skills, posture, momentum and stamina. Newly enrolled students are closely monitored and encouraged in developing their self-learning and correction skills until they are able to work independently.
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.
Hello. I'm Fabienne Wattam and I have been a Kumon Instructor since 2004. I am passionate about learning and instructing and I understand that you naturally want the best for your children, so it would be my privilege to support you and family. As far back as I can remember, I wanted to work in education. I have taught English in Paris for a number of years and continued to teach in the UK.
Following the arrival of my son, I began to look at ways in which I could combine my love of and skills in teaching with family life and found that Kumon offered the perfect solution. Having seen the impact Kumon has made on the children I have nurtured over the years, including my own son, I know that I have been incredibly lucky and privileged in my work. I am lucky to be supported by a team of bright, motivated assistants, many of whom have either studied Kumon or have worked in the field of education. I consider them to be a great asset to the centre, helping ensure that support and encouragement are always at hand for our students. I would be delighted to welcome you to the centre.
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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.
Please click here to download a brochure with more details about your child studying with Kumon.