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Would you like your

students to:

  • develop a strong sense of self-efficacy
  • engage willingly in challenging tasks
  • interact with empathy & respect
  • boost their resilience, determination & curiosity
  • be critical, creative, caring & collaborative thinkers

The Learning Pit can help you

boost these qualities.

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James Nottingham helps staff from all phases of education strengthen their culture of learning by sharing effort-saving strategies, modelling effective practice, and drawing advice from the most up-to-date and compelling research.

His most popular topics include challenge; classroom talk; efficacy (self & collective); feedback; growth mindset; Philosophy for Children (P4C); questioning; and of course, the Learning Pit.

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Recommendations from professors Carol Dweck, John Hattie & Mick Waters ...

“James Nottingham has the skills of explaining the complex in a way which is accessible & inviting. The examples of how it could be & the insights into what success looks like will leave staff wanting to do things differently without a bag of guilt to weigh them down”

Professor Mick Waters
Former Director of the UK Government’s Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
“The James Nottingham will help you navigate the world of educational research & focus on actions that can have high impact. I enjoy the clarity & good humour they bring to his work as will you. I highly recommend him”
Professor Carol Dweck
Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University
“The Learning Pit is a critical element of creating Visible Learners. James Nottingham helps teachers hone the necessary pedagogical skills of dialogue, feedback, questioning & mindset. There’s no better resource to encourage all learners to know & maximise their impact
Professor John Hattie
Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute


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