Award-winning consultancy for schools, pre-schools and colleges
Challenging Learning is an independent consultancy founded by James Nottingham in 2005. We provide professional development training and resources for people working with 3-19 year olds. Our team of experienced teachers, leaders, researchers, and admin staff are based in the UK, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA.
Our many “hats” include specialisms in challenge, creativity, dialogue, feedback, growth mindsets, leadership, progress and teaching thinking.
We are also the official partners in Scandinavia for John Hattie’s Visible Learning, and are co-directors of P4C.com, the international cooperative for Philosophy for Children.
Everything we do is context-driven. We design keynote speeches, one-day events, accredited courses, and long-term professional development programmes for teachers, leaders, support staff (pedagogues), and parents.
Founder of the company, teacher, author, and world-renowned keynote speaker
Ensures all our long-term projects happen with great quality. Also, our post-16 specialist & sought-after keynote speaker
Project leader, adviser, evaluation-meister, and all-round superhero
An expert in Mindset theory, and fluent in Danish, Swedish and English, Per supports pre-schools, schools and gymnasiums right across Scandinavia.
Longest serving (suffering?) member of staff. On the Board of Directors and Head of Admin
Does everything from deployment and workbook distribution to travel bookings, PA work and report typing
Danish polyglot with a real talent for teaching. Speaks with an English accent posher than Prince Charles.
Travel bookings, PA to MD, office admin, dog showing (but not necessarily in that order)
Financial prudence, contract management, budgeting forecasts, and Spanish interpreter are just a few of Beccy’s many talents.
Former strategic manager with Oxfam. Now our business growth manager and hill-farming hobbyist
Swedish secretary, handling everything to do with James Nottingham's work in Scandinavia. Also a part of the Business Growth team.
Keeps the accountant, the tax authorities AND the bank manager happy
Manages all our conferences & events, study tours, websites and online resources. Always with a smile.
Ex-Principal, Head of Challenging Learning’s operations in Australia, project leader, consultant, recruiter and pretty handy golfer.
Twenty years of international marketing for media groups, universities and business schools and now for Challenging Learning
With a background in primary, secondary, tertiary and special needs education, Mark is the perfect all-rounder. He’s also pretty handy with a hammer, saw and wrench.
After 37 years as a teacher and headteacher, Marilyn now leads all our evaluation processes
Ex-Headteacher, psychotherapist, project leader, consultant, recruiter, Smoggy
Our Associates work with Challenging Learning on a part-time basis. They provide additional expertise and training capacity as and when needed. They are all accredited Visible Learningplus trainers.