Northampton Centre for Learning Behaviour (NCfLB)
The Northampton Centre for Learning Behaviour (NCfLB) is part of the School of Education at The University of Northampton, where it functions as a ‘social enterprise’. The focus of its activity is on social and emotional aspects of learning and behaviour and the promotion of educational inclusion. The Centre has an international reputation for programme development and training for learning behaviour improvement, and is involved in consultancy and development work both nationally and, principally, internationally. It has a particular presence in South East Asia, via the Asia Pacific Partnership in Learning Behaviour, based at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Our programmes apply a training methodology that has proved highly successful in achieving lasting change through whole school monitoring and evaluation; policy formation and strategic planning; staff training and development; parent education; community engagement and social, emotional and behavioural education. All programmes are equally suitable for a wide range of educational settings in addition to schools, including youth work and child welfare organisations.
The NCfLB has developed a range of practical learning behaviour professional development programmes for staff in schools and other educational settings and a range of materials for Initial Teacher Training. These include the learning and teaching of social, emotional and behavioural skills, the establishment and maintenance of relationships for improving learning behaviour and the Council of Europe Training Pack on Violence Reduction in Schools.
The NCfLB offers a wide range of expertise in all aspects of behaviour and attendance, social and emotional aspects of learning and violence reduction:
- Research into what works and effective solutions for schools.
- Effective policies and strategies for schools and other educational settings at national, regional and school level.
- The leadership of behaviour and attendance improvement in schools and other educational settings.
- School self-review, action planning and the implementation of violence reduction strategies including the protection of pupils from abuse and bullying.
- Alternatives to exclusion: the establishment and successful operation of in – school centres for behaviour and attendance improvement.
- Initial Teacher and Newly Qualified Teacher training;
- Successful parent and foster carer education, particularly for parents/foster carers of children 0-6 years, to bring about change in the home.