About James Nottingham

Keynote Speaker, Executive Director & principal author

Founder of Challenging Learning; Co-Founder of P4C.com; Creator of The Learning Pit

“James Nottingham has the skills of explaining the complex in a way which is accessible and inviting. He is challenging yet encouraging. The examples of how it could be and the insights into what success looks like will leave you wanting to do things differently without a bag of guilt to weigh you down.” (Prof Mick Waters, Former Chief Education Officer in Manchester, UK)


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James Nottingham is the co-founder and executive director of Challenging Learning. His passion is in transforming the most up-to-date research into strategies that really work in the classroom. He is regarded by many as one of the most engaging, thought-provoking and inspirational speakers in education.

His first book, Challenging Learning, was published in 2010 and has received widespread critical acclaim. Since then, he has written 6 books for teachers, leaders, support staff, and parents. These books share the best research and practice connected with learning; dialogue; feedback; the Learning Pit; Early Years education; and Growth Mindset.

Before training to be a teacher, James worked on a pig farm, in the chemical industry, for the American Red Cross, and as a teaching assistant in a school for deaf children. At university, he gained a first-class honours degree in Education (a major turnaround after having failed miserably at school). He then worked as a teacher and leader in primary and secondary schools in the UK before co-founding an award-winning, multi-million-pound regeneration project supporting education, public and voluntary organisations across North East England.

In 2006, James co-founded Challenging Learning with Jill Nottingham. Now, his team support nurseries, schools, colleges, and school districts with long-term projects that make a significant difference to the lives of ALL learners (staff lives as well as young people’s lives). This support includes keynote speeches, staff workshops, demonstration lessons, coaching, research and analysis, presentations for parents, and excellent teaching resources.

As well as headlining significant national and international conferences himself, James often presents alongside Carol Dweck (Mindset) and John Hattie (Visible Learning).

Skolvärlden (Swedish Teaching Union) describes James as “one of the most talked about names in the world of school development” and the Observer newspaper in the UK listed him among the Future 500 - a “definitive list of the UK's most forward-thinking and brightest innovators.”