James Nottingham, one of the world’s foremost thinkers within education, has a remarkable ability to inspire positive change with his inviting and motivational approach to teaching and learning. Never afraid to challenge the norms, he offers thought-provoking keynotes and presentations that never fail to compel and fascinate audiences.
James is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an award granted for making outstanding achievements 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”.
He is best-known for creating the Learning Pit®, a world-renowned model for enhancing curiosity, determination and strategy. He has been a teaching assistant, teacher, and leader in schools in primary, middle, and secondary schools in the UK, as well as a factory worker, pig farmer, and lifeguard trainer.
In 2006, he created the company Challenging Learning which now employs 25 full-time staff in six countries. He splits his time between leading his board of directors; designing and presenting professional learning; developing improved pedagogies based on the most up-to-date and compelling research; writing books; running demonstration lessons; and enjoying family life on the border between England & Scotland.
So far, he has written ten books for teachers, leaders and parents. Many of these are bestsellers and all are translated into at least three other languages.
Particularly well known in Scandinavia, Australia, the USA, and the UK, our speaker James Nottingham is recognized for his humor and clarity, as well as his distinct ability to turn research into comprehensible practice. For this reason, the widely-acclaimed speaker James Nottingham has been described by Skolvärlden (the Swedish Teaching Union) as “one of the most sought-after names in the world of school development.”