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James Nottingham

Keynote speaker, author & education consultant

“James Nottingham will help you navigate the world of educational concepts and research with a wonderful blend of clarity and good humour.”


“What you get with James is the perfect blend of research analysis, high expectations, good humour, and practical advice. The impact he has had across our Early Years, Primary & Secondary schools has been outstanding.”

Director, Multi-academy Trust

“James Nottingham is one of the clearest and most engaging thought leaders on creating a culture of  deep, engaging, challenging learning in schools.”

MATHILDA JOUBERT, Australian Council for Educational Leaders

James Nottingham, FRSA

James Nottingham is a consultant, author and teacher. He works with schools and districts to help identify the adjustments that can be made to significantly improve learning for all EY & K-12 students.

  • He is the creator of the Learning Pit, one of the most widely used models for teaching to emerge in the last 20 years.
  • He is a sought-after keynote speaker.
  • He offers demonstration lessons (give him any class, any age and he’ll show you some of the best pedagogies working in practice with your students).
  • His in-school consultancy includes presentations to parents, staff coaching, evidence collection & analysis, and support for curriculum planning.
  • He coaches senior & middle leaders and provides support for any member of staff responsible for improving pedagogy in their building(s).
  • He creates videos to extend and inspire in-house professional learning.
  • He has written 12 books about teaching and leadership, many of which are bestsellers.

James shares research insights & practical strategies with staff to help their students become:

  • Articulate
  • Balanced
  • Caring
  • Confident
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Ethical
  • Inquirer
  • Intellectually brave
  • Reflective
  • Resilient
  • Strategic
  • Wise

Inviting James into Your School

With a wealth of expertise and experience in your team, why invite James into your school?

Buy yourself some time. Time to focus on pedagogy and learning outcomes. Time to amplify the strengths of your school; as well as to find opportunities for improvement. Time away from the urgent tasks and responsibilities your team faces to focus exclusively on ways to boost your teaching, leading, and learning.

Objectivity and insight. You know your context better than anyone. James brings a fresh pair of eyes, and an impartiality that draws out honest insights from staff and students. Together, you and he can create approaches that are more effective, efficient, and equitable.

Expertise and evidence. James has been consulting with schools and pre-schools since 1999. In that time, he has supported 450+ organisations in 20+ countries; worked closely with influential researchers such as Carol Dweck and John Hattie; established seven companies in seven countries, employing 30 full-time staff; and written 12 books for teachers, leaders, and parents. This understanding of evidence, experience, and impact guides everything he offers.

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Consultant, Author, Keynote Speaker

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This trademark is held by James Nottingham (reg. No. 6.381.157) Uses of the Learning Pit for educational and not-for-profit purposes are usually permitted when seeking permission via this site.


This is the name of the group of companies founded by James Nottingham (full details shown on the Contact Us page). It is also the name of his first book.

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