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Perfect resources to support your use of the Learning Pit, including books and wipeable posters created by James Nottingham and his team.

The Learning Pit® is one of the most popular ways to encourage learners to step out of their comfort zone. It was created by James Nottingham in 2007. Use of the model helps to build confidence, resilience, and a growth mindset.
Please note, as of Oct 2023, all stock of printed posters and Learning Pit books have sold out! More will be available from Q2, 2024. In the interim, digital files are available for download instead. See below.
Learning Pit - classic version 4

The Learning Pit Books

The Learning Pit® (2020)

This is the most concise introduction to the Learning Pit. However, it has proved so popular that it is now sold out. A second edition will be printed in Q2, 2024. 

Learning Pit® (US English)

Learning Pit® (UK English)

Learning Pit® (Spanish)

The Learning Challenge (2017)

This book gives a much more in-depth guide to creating lessons centred around the Learning Pit. It includes ways to create a thinking culture; how to identify important concepts; how to guide your students into and out of the Learning Pit; and ways to improve metacognition with the help of the Learning Pit. Available from all good bookshops!

Nottingham's Learning Pit is a seminal piece and should be considered mandatory reading for every educator.

Jenni DonohooCurriculum and Assessment Policy Branch, Ontario, Canada

The Learning Pit Posters

Our posters were created by James Nottingham. The posters, available in two sizes, is for display in classrooms, offices, and homes.
These posters are now SOLD OUT! As we wait for more stock, you are welcome to download the digital versions to send to your local printers.

The Learning Pit Lesson Ideas

Our lesson ideas are designed to guide students through the Learning Pit. This ‘journey’ will encourage them to think deeply about a key concept; identify connections and contradictions; and build a more robust understanding that can be used in other contexts.

Each ‘lesson plan’ provides ideas and resources to run across multiple lessons and home learning tasks. They are designed to be adapted, contextualised, and selected from so don’t feel the need to follow them verbatim! As with all good pedagogy, start where your students are and then select the challenges and strategies most likely to connect to context and to deepen their learning.

All  Lesson Ideas

Early Years Lesson Ideas

Primary Lesson  Ideas

Secondary Lesson  Ideas

Secondary Lesson Ideas


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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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