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TEACH Brilliantly

The latest & most comprehensive book by James Nottingham

Highlights include how to:
  • Boost engagement
  • Provide optimum challenge
  • Ensure students use feedback brilliantly
  • Lift expectations
  • Ensure all students make excellent progress
  • Make confident use of empirical data

TEACH Brilliantly

The latest & most comprehensive book by James Nottingham

Highlights include how to:

  • Boost engagement

  • Provide optimum challenge

  • Ensure students use feedback brilliantly

  • Lift expectations

  • Ensure all students make excellent progress

  • Make confident use of empirical data

G’day Aussies & Kia Ora Kiwis!

With all the work I do in your beautiful neck of the woods, my fab new publishers (Solution Tree) have worked out a way to print copies of my new book in Melbourne, VIC. This enables us to cut costs and delivery times substantially.

*STOP PRESS* Sorry to say, the entire stock printed in Melbourne has now sold out. However, the following Aussie stores now have stock:

I’m also delighted to say that I am running an open workshop in Perth, WA on 18 April 2024 at which a signed copy of my book will be given to every delegate. A link to the full details is shown below (look for the orange text).

Best wishes,

“This book is Nottingham’s masterpiece: a wonderful distillation of his decades spent immersed in the science, art and craft of education. The style is scintillating; a masterful blend of sharp anecdote, well-marshalled research evidence, and practical classroom implications which leaves the reader amused, inspired, challenged and engaged. I have no doubt that teachers who put just a fraction of the ideas contained in this work into classroom practice will add immense value to their students’ learning, and bring about a great sense of vocational satisfaction”.

Prof Barry J Hymer, Emeritus Professor of Psychology in Education & Author of Chess Improvement

PD Opportunities

As well as my new book coming out, I’m also delighted to say I’ll be back in Oz & NZ at the beginning of terms one and two next year. So, please get in touch if you’d like me to work with you and your colleagues. I’m happy to run staff development days, after-school sessions, demonstration lessons, staff coaching / department meetings, presentations to parents – indeed, anything that helps to strengthen staff & student learning. Available dates shown below.

Term 2 – April 2024

11, 12, – booked in NZ
15, 16, 17 – booked in WA
18 – open event in Perth, WA
19 – available
22, 23 – booked in QLD
24 – booked in NSW
25 – available
26 – booked in VIC
29 – booked in NSW
30 – available

May 2024

1, 2 – booked in NSW
3 –  booked in QLD
6 – booked (am) – VIC
6 (pm) available

Term 1 – January 2025

Available 20 Jan to 31 Jan
3 Feb – booked in NSW

Term 2 – January 2025

Available April
28, 29 April – booked in NSW
Available May  2025

If you’d like to work with me, then please email my PA, Sarah Unwin

For more information about the services I can offer, I invite you to visit these webpages:


Book Orders for New Zealand

My company, Challenging Learning Pty Ltd, is based in Australia. Therefore, our invoices are sent in AUD.

It is my understanding that book orders delivered to New Zealand over the value of AUD 900 are liable for import duties. If NZ customs determine that your order must be assessed for import duties, your parcel will be held – and this will incur a shipping delay as well as additional costs. So, please order accordingly!

Book Summary

Chapter 1

When You Adjust Your TEACHING, It Transforms Students’ LEARNING

As a teacher, the way you think, and the decisions you make, lead to the biggest difference in your students’ learning. This chapter shares some criteria you could use to help make those decisions wisely.

Chapter 2

When You ENGAGE Your Students, Their Learning Gains PURPOSE

Student engagement has always been a concern, perhaps even more so now. How do you recognize it when you see it though, and perhaps more importantly, how do you improve it so that all students are ready to learn? The chapter also includes ways to use questioning and dialogue as ways to boost participation.

Chapter 3

When CHALLENGE Is Just Right, Students’ Abilities IMPROVE

Learning begins when students go beyond their current abilities. Unfortunately, many students actively avoid taking on challenges for fear of failure or ridicule. This chapter shows how to make levels of challenge ‘just right’ so that students more willingly step out of their comfort zone. It also includes Learning Pit approaches.

Chapter 4

When FEEEBDACK Is Used Brilliantly, It Adds Significant VALUE

Feedback is already one of the most powerful effects on student learning, so why write more about it? Well, firstly – its quality is so variable that one third of studies show negative effects! Secondly, too many school and faculty policies focus on how to give feedback whereas the ways in which students use it matters much more. And thirdly, timing is critical – give it too soon and you’ll stop students from learning but give it too late and it will rarely be used. This chapter shows how to put all this right – and more.

Chapter 5


Every single student is capable of growing and improving. They won’t all achieve top grades, but they can all make excellent progress – so long as our expectations are high, and we teach them with this prediction in mind. What does that mean for classroom practice and interactions? This chapter explains all!

Chapter 6

When There is EQUITY, There is FAIRNESS

Digging ever deeper into the meta-analyses I used to create this book, I noticed how time and again, the outcomes for every strategy I recommend is even more impressive for at-risk students. They work for everyone – I wouldn’t have shared them if they didn’t – but they are even more effective in creating equity in the classroom This chapters tells you how – and why.


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