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Our team of advisors, coaches and practitioners

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Noël Janis-Norton

Noel Janis-NortonNoël Janis-Norton, founder and director of THE NEW LEARNING CENTRE in London, is a learning and behaviour specialist with over 30 years' experience in Britain and the United States as a teacher, special needs advisor, consultant, lecturer, head teacher, parenting coach and facilitator and author.

Noël is a mother, a foster parent, and a grandmother. She is passionate about parenting and learning, and her mission is to empower children and adults to fulfill their potential. To achieve this she uses, and teaches parents and professionals to use, highly effective and thoroughly tested parenting and teaching techniques.

Noël is internationally known for her unique CALMER, EASIER, HAPPIER methods which teach families how to become more harmonious and which help teachers to bring out the best in their pupils. For many years Noël has been fascinated by how to help children to do and be their best. Her parenting and teaching programs were developed through study and research, but also through her own extensive observation of exactly what parents and teachers do and how they do it, and what the results are, both short and long term.

The New Learning Centre's CALMER, EASIER, HAPPIER parenting and teaching programmes are a refreshing mixture of common sense about children and child development and specialised knowledge about specific difficulties with learning and behaviour.

The CALMER, EASIER, HAPPIER parenting methods are the subject of the book, "How To Be a Better Parent" (Random House), by Cassandra Jardine, a journalist and mother of five. Jardine wrote this book because she was so delighted and impressed by the improvements in behaviour, attitude and motivation in her family that resulted from putting the new methods into practice.

As well as consulting and leading workshops for teachers and parents across the UK and in the US, Noël is still very much a hands-on practitioner. As the Director of The New Learning Centre in London, she continues to teach, to work with families, and to train professionals. Her team of skilled, highly experienced learning and behaviour specialists have helped many families whose children and teenagers were experiencing problems, ranging from mild to severe.

Noël has written two books for teachers. They are full of proven techniques that teachers can use to rapidly improve the learning, behaviour, motivation, confidence and social skills of their pupils.

Her first book for parents is "Can't Smack? Won't Smack?". In it she explains why the old ways of disciplining children don't work, what the new "positive, firm and consistent" ways are, and why they work better.

She has recently written her fourth book, also for parents, entitled "Could Do Better". This book teaches parents how to help their children do their best at school and with homework.

All of the books are published by Barrington Stoke.

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Gillian Edwards

Gillian EdwardsGillian Edwards is the Deputy Director of The New Learning Centre, where she coaches parents whose children have learning or behaviour problems. Gillian trained originally as a drama teacher and actress. Her teaching style, which includes role plays and demonstrations, reflects her early training. She believes that many people learn visually so seeing the new skills in action significantly helps parents and professionals to reproduce those skills.

Since 1991 she has been leading Parenting Skills Classes at The New Learning Centre, in schools (state and independent), and with organisations such as Sure Start, Gingerbread (an organisation for single parent families), and the Neasden Hindu temple. Her work with parents includes telephone consultations and home visits.

She leads in-service trainings for teachers, classroom assistants, SENCOs, and learning mentors throughout the UK and in Europe (Budapest and Athens). She is regularly invited to speak at conferences on behaviour management at home and in schools.

In 1997 Gillian developed The New Learning Centre’s Parenting Facilitator Training and is the director of that programme.

Gillian has been a guest speaker on Woman's Hour, and has had several other radio appearances. Articles on her Parenting Skills Classes have been featured in many newspapers and magazines, the most recent being in The Times (December 06).

She is an inspiring and compassionate trainer known for her enthusiasm and her energetic and positive style.

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Anne Peymirat

Anne Peymirat Anne Peymirat is a certified Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting coach. She was trained at The New Learning Centre by Noel Janis-Norton and Gillian Edwards. She first conducted parenting skills classes in the UK . She then created Parentalité Conseil & Formation in Paris where she teaches the Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting skills to parents.

Anne Peymirat is a mother of 3 children aged 2 to 10. She experienced the benefits of the Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting approach with her own children. She was so impressed by the changes in her own family that she decided to train as a parenting coach with Noel and Gillian. She stopped her career as a management consultant with a large consultancy firm to become a parenting coach.

As a mother of three she has hands-on and practical experience. She is enthusiastic about advising and training parents who face challenges with their children.

My web site is www.calmerparenting.fr / Email anne.peymirat@googlemail.com

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Miriam Chachamu

Miriam ChachamuMiriam served as the Assistant Director of The New Learning Centre until 2007. She is now an independent consultant and therapist, using her experience and multi-disciplinary knowledge to enrich and extend the services provided by the Centre.

She is an enthusiastic, skilled and insightful teacher and family coach. Having three children of her own, Miriam encounters on a daily basis the issues parents face today. She uses the Calmer, Easier, Happier skills extensively in her own life and brings her own experience as a parent to her work. She is inspired by the difference that these skills make to families.

Miriam's approach to parenting is practical and solution focused, yet she can also offer individual or couple therapy when required. She is a qualified a Systemic Family Psychotherapist and a Human Givens practitioner and, and is a registered member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). Her first book for parents ‘How to calm a challenging child’ will be published in November 2008 by Foulsham.

My web site is www.enjoyourchildren.com / Email miriam.chachamu@gmail.com

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Suzanne Ferera

Suzanne FereraI am a registered Occupational Therapist and Family Counsellor. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings over the past 25 years, with adults, children, teenagers and families.

I first came across the “Calmer, Easier, Happier, Parenting” approach when my first child was two years old and started to say “No” to everything. I had the good fortune to attend parenting skills classes at the New Learning Centre in London. What I learned in the course transformed the way my husband and I parented our children.
I became passionate about being able to help other families benefit from the “Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting” method in the same way that my family had benefitted.

I moved with my family to Vancouver, Canada in 2005. I now work as a Family Counsellor for the Vancouver Family Preservation and Reunification Services. This service provides intensive counselling, teaching of parenting skills and support to families who have child protection issues. I also have a private practice, in which I teach parenting skills to families, with or without their children, in their homes or by telephone or email. I have been told by the families that I work with that I have a gift for teaching parenting skills in a way that is inclusive, personal, and supportive.

I am a mother of three children, two of whom are now in their teens. Parents assume that the teen years are inevitably rocky.
I am delighted to report that, thanks to these useful skills, I am enjoying my teens!

My web site is www.parentingsuccess.ca / Email suzanne@parentingsuccess.ca

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Jill Janis

Jill JanisI am fortunate that Noël is my sister. I watched as she developed the Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting and Teaching programmes and was very impressed by the effectiveness of these methods. I trained in all aspects of her work, earning my certification in 1978.

As a member of Noël’s team in London, I worked my way up from teacher to become Deputy Director, responsible for curriculum development, staff well-being, outreach, administration and all aspects of running the centre. Together, Noël and I wrote a series of guides and course materials for parents and teachers. Much of that material was later incorporated into Noël’s books, published by Barrington Stoke.

In 1991 I founded The Family Learning Center in Arizona, USA, and for the past 20 years I have been using the “Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting and Teaching” methods in the United States and internationally.

I work with parents as a coach and facilitator and with teachers as a trainer and advisor. I tutor students of all ages (from nursery school through graduate school) with a wide range of learning and behaviour issues, including special needs.

The Family Learning Center offers parent consultations (in person or by telephone), family sessions (at the Center or in the client’s home), academic evaluations, tutoring and school observations. I continue to work with Noël, especially in California (Los Angeles and San Francisco).

As part of my commitment to helping young people achieve their potential, I volunteered with Youth at Risk, an international charity for troubled adolescents, and became a course facilitator on staff. I currently volunteer at Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT), which provides equine-assisted therapy for children and adults with a range of disabilities.

I also teach the principles and strategies of organization to parents, students and teachers through my Helping Hands Organizing Service. One popular programme is “Organizing for Children and Teens” (room, schedule, backpack, binders, etc.) It has proven highly successful in motivating students and teaching them important life skills.

Before shifting my focus to education, I attended art college. I continue to use my fine arts training to create artwork embodying the high value I place on order, attention to detail and beautiful presentation. My teaching and my parent coaching reflect these ideals as well.

What Noël is for me: sister, trainer, mentor, employer, colleague - inspiration!

Please contact Jill Janis at calmerparentingaz@gmail.com for all enquiries.

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Rosalie Ajzensztejn

Rosalie AjzensztejnRosalie became a certified Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting practitioner in 2011. Previously she worked for ten years for Parentline Plus, the largest parenting charity in the UK, as Team Manager of the North and South London 24-hour helpline. She counselled parents and trained and managed a large team.

Rosalie initiated “Walk and Talk” sessions (parenting advice in the open air). Parents find the informality, the exercise of walking and the relaxing effect of being in natural surroundings to be very beneficial.>

Her background is in teaching. In addition, she has written several children’s books as well as reading schemes for educational publishers such as Macmillans, Heinemanns, Nelsons and Oxford University Press. Rosalie has been a scriptwriter for “Sesame Street” and a contributor of stories for “Playschool” and “Listen With Mother.”

As a parent of four grown-up children, and recently a grandmother, she is particularly aware of the enormous pressures on parents today. She embraces the skills and tools of Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting, and especially appreciates the common sense and the friendly approach of Noel Janis Norton’s methodology.

Rosalie’s passion is helping parents to be the best they can be because she knows that this results in confident children who are able to fulfil their potential in all aspects of their lives. Rosalie wishes that as a younger parent she had known more of the skills she has learnt over the years!

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Robyn Spencer

Robyn qualified as a Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting coach and facilitator at the end of 2012. Previously she had worked for fifteen years as Head of Learning Support across the three schools (preschool & KS1, Junior School and Senior School) that form the University College School foundation. She managed a team whose brief was to identify the pupils who were experiencing difficulties with learning, such as dyslexia and dyspraxia, and to provide support, advice and guidance for the teachers, the pupils and their parents in order to overcome those difficulties.

Robyn’s background is in teaching at secondary level and in children’s publishing. In the 1980s she wrote and edited more than thirty books for Usborne Publishing, including a highly successful series of parenting guides, with titles such as Entertaining and Educating Babies and Toddlers, Entertaining and Educating Young Children and Help Your Child Learn to Read. She also produced the Better English and Facts of Life series, the latter of which won the Times Education Supplement award for children’s information book of the year.

Robyn is a qualified life coach and has trained in a technique for promoting creative and critical thinking, known as Philosophy for Children. Last year she also trained in a practice known as mindfulness which helps to cultivate awareness and presence of mind. All of these techniques have helped her to gain a deeper understanding of what effective learning looks like and what motivates people to develop their own capacity to learn.

She has three children, and when her oldest child was ten Robyn and her husband attended a parenting skills course run by Noel and Gillian. All three of her children are now confident, motivated, self-reliant young adults, and she attributes much of their success to the Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting skills she learnt on that course. As one of six children herself, she now has eighteen nephews and nieces and twenty-seven great-nephews and nieces, so she has had plenty of opportunities on a personal as well as a professional level to observe the things that parents do that work, as well as the things that cause them trouble.

Alongside her work for Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting, Robyn has set up her own consultancy, Effective Learners London, which is based in Highgate and Crouch End. She offers advice and support to learners of all ages who wish to strengthen their “learning muscles”. She believes that developing the habits, attitudes and skills that best support learning is far more significant than innate intelligence in producing success both in education and in the broader skills of life.

Robyn loves the fact that the Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting skills are so practical, so effective and so much fun to learn, and that, if you are willing to fully embrace them, you can see results so quickly!

www.effectivelearnerslondon.com   /   robyn@effectivelearnerslondon.com

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Bebe Jacobs

Bebe JacobsBebe Jacobs completed her Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting practitioner training in April 2013.
She has a BA in Developmental Psychology and an MA in Religious Education.

She has worked as a counsellor, trainer and business coach and has also been the Director of three supplementary schools within the Jewish community in England and Canada.

Bebe has three children. She attended courses and seminars exploring various parenting philosophies, including Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting facilitated by Noel Janis-Norton.

In 2009 Bebe began her own parent coaching business called Parenting Coaching Now. She is the author of an e-book “The Essential Guide to Choosing Your Child’s Nursery School”.

She also works as a coach helping women find their direction in life and business. She is an enthusiastic network marketer within the health and wellness industry.

Bebe is delighted to be part of the Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting team and brings her passion to the work. She really loves teaching the practical effective strategies which she has seen make such a difference in the lives of so many families.

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Frédérique Marcel

Frédérique MarcelI am a mother of two teenagers and live in Chatou, France.

I have been working as a primary school teacher for 25 years and came across the Calmer, Easier, Happier method thanks to Anne Peymirat, whose son was one of my pupils. I am a very strong supporter of this method which transformed my life, as a parent as well as a teacher.

I am very happy to be able to help both families and teachers in their everyday life, through a very sensible and effective method.

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