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Before becoming a Kumon Instructor, I was, for many years Head of Maths in a secondary school and responsible for running the external school exams. This gives me a valuable insight into the curriculum requirements for GCSE and A levels, along with an understanding of how pupils with special needs and provision are provided for.
The assistants at the centre are all long-serving, all trained in child protection, health and safety and with up-to-date CRB checks. We have an assistant with a background and experience in nursery education and one with a degree in early years education and special needs.
After many years teaching in schools, I appreciate most the flexibility and individuality that Kumon offers students. If a child is able, then they can make rapid progress - indeed we have had many students studying GCSE topics whilst still at Primary school but conversely, if a student needs more practice then Kumon gives them this time, not constrained by key stage exams.
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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