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Kumon is suitable for all abilities and ages, and most of our students attend schools within the area and live in the local community. We currently have students aged between three to 15 years old. Some students have been here for four years or more and some are new. Younger students benefit from the dedicated early learner area and assistants where one-to-one support is available if needed.
There are six members of staff who are passionate about each child’s individual needs and specialise in different roles supporting early learners, or marking and recording class work.
Our students have access to a wide range of books (many of which are on the Kumon Recommended Reading List). 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.
Hello, my name is Sharon Carlin and I am the Instructor at the Kumon Urmston Study Centre.
Before I became an Instructor I was a primary school teacher and was fortunate to spend five years at Urmston Junior School, which is where I first heard of Kumon. After taking a break from teaching to raise my family, I contacted Kumon and the rest is history!
The Kumon programmes suit all levels of ability and I have seen first-hand how children develop their confidence, concentration and focus as they develop independent learning skills. My role as an Instructor is to help nurture students into confident, independent learners.
The most rewarding part of my role is when I see students, who at first may lack confidence, have poor study skills, poor posture or poor focus, realise they can improve their abilities in maths and/or English. It is extremely satisfying when a child tells me they have moved up a group at school or that they got top marks in their mental maths test. I have students who hated reading and now they always have their head stuck in a book! I have other students who want to study beyond their year group. Moments like this, really make my job so rewarding.
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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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