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James Nottingham

“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

“Feedback after your day in our school was overwhelmingly positive. I’m already seeing evidence of impact in classrooms. One of our specialists said it was by far is the best PL he has ever done that isn’t focused purely on his subject – he was gushing about how much he had taken away from it.”

JACQUI O’DONNELL, Principal, North Harrisdale Primary, Australia

James Nottingham, FRSA

James is a teacher, leader, and consultant; creator of the Learning Pit; author of 11 books for teachers, leaders, and parents; founder of educational companies in seven countries; and co-founder of He brings rare clarity to research evidence; encouraging examples that blend brilliantly with everyday practice; and a sense of narrative and humour that engage and inspire.
He has worked across the 3-19 age range, first as a teaching assistant then as a teacher and leader in schools in the UK. Today, he gives keynote speeches, leads staff training days, offers demonstration lessons (any class, any age), records commissioned videos, writes books, and coaches leaders.
James is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an award granted for making outstanding contributions to social progress and development; and is included in the Future 500, a ‘definitive list of the UK’s most forward thinking and creative innovators’.

Contact James

What to book James for

  • Keynotes
  • All-staff days (pre-K-12)
  • Demonstration lessons
  • Webinars
  • Video presentations (with or without subtitles)
  • Podcasts & interviews

Additional opportunities as part of longer-term support:

  • Presentations to parents
  • Progress reports
  • Leadership coaching
  • Visits (incl. overseas) to high impact schools
  • Lesson resources

Keynotes & Onsite Events

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Online Consultancy

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Longer-term Support

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Books & Videos

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Areas of Expertise

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Regional Information About James

Regional Contacts

Head Office (UK)
T: +44 1670 330036

T: +44 1670 330036

Clare Barnfather
T: +81 90 6434 1256

Head Office Address

Challenging Learning,
2 Linnet Court,
Cawledge Business Park,
Alnwick, Northumberland,
NE66 2GD, UK

The Learning Pit is part of the Challenging Learning group with offices in the UK, Australia, Japan, Scandinavia, USA

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