Challenging Learning in Asia Pacific

We share teaching and leadership theory and practice to significantly improve learning progress.

Challenging Learning has a long history of working with schools and TAFE colleges in Australia and New Zealand. James Nottingham gave his first keynote speech at a National Principals Conference in 2008 and has been visiting the region 2-3 times per year ever since.

In 2012, we started our first long-term project and in 2016, our first employees set up our Australia office. Just before the covid pandemic, we also began our first long-term project in Japan, with many more planned as soon as the borders open again (although online coaching seems to be working well too!)

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To find out how we can help you strengthen learning for all staff and students, we invite you to contact Emma Robertson.

Emma Armstrong
Emma Robertson

General Manager, Australia
T:+61 457 632 398
E:[email protected]

Who We’re Working With

Our longer-term projects are currently being run in:

  • State, Private, and Catholic Schools
  • Prep/Kindy to end of high school (K-12)
  • Early childhood centres
  • Regional networks
  • International schools

Notable keynotes by James Nottingham

  • New Zealand Principals Foundation, Hamilton, NZ, 2014, 2016 (Keynotes)
  • Hawker Brownlow Conference, Melbourne, AU, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Annual Visible Learning conferences, Brisbane AU, 2015, San Francisco 2017 & Chicago 2018 (Keynotes)
  • Association of Independent Schools, National Conferences, Sydney, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (Keynotes)
  • NSW Secondary Principals Conference, Blue Mountains, 2016 & 2017 (Keynotes)
  • Waikato Principals Association, Hamilton, NZ, 2017, 2018, 2019 (All day Seminars)
  • Better Education Conferences, Perth, WA, 2016, 2017 (Keynotes)
  • Growth Mindset Conference Tours with Carol Dweck, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2019

A Sample of the Challenging Learning Topics


Improving classroom talk to deepen learning


How to improve the impact of feedback

Learning Pit

Using the Learning Pit to engage & challenge

Lesson Ideas

Ideas to guide students through the Learning Pit

Long Term Projects

The Challenging Learning Process

Growth Mindset

Creating a growth mindset in all learners


Improving the effectiveness of questioning


Our series of Challenging Learning books

Stronger Learning for Stronger Lives

Our Vision and Values

Stronger Learning for Stronger Lives