Helen has been PA to James Nottingham since 2003. She works Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm (UK time) She can help you with all enquiries.
James Nottingham is co-founder and director of Challenging Learning, a group of companies with 30 employees in 6 countries. His passion is in transforming the most up-to-date research into strategies that really work in the classroom. He is regarded by many as one of the most engaging, thought-provoking and inspirational speakers in education.
His first book, Challenging Learning, was published in 2010 and has received widespread critical acclaim. Since then, he has written 6 books for teachers, leaders, support staff, and parents. These books share the best research and practice connected with learning; dialogue; feedback; the Learning Pit; Early Years education; and Growth Mindset.
Before training to be a teacher, James worked on a pig farm, in the chemical industry, for the American Red Cross, and as a teaching assistant in a school for deaf children. At university, he gained a first-class honours degree in education (a major turnaround after having failed miserably at school). He then worked as a teacher and leader in primary and secondary schools in the UK before co-founding an award-winning, multi-million-pound regeneration project supporting education, public and voluntary organisations across north east England.
In 2006, James co-founded Challenging Learning. Now, his team support nurseries, schools, colleges, and school districts with long-term projects that make a significant difference to the lives of ALL learners (staff lives as well as young people’s lives). This support includes keynote speeches, staff workshops, demonstration lessons, coaching, research and analysis, presentations for parents, and excellent teaching resources.
As well as headlining significant national and international conferences himself, James often presents alongside Carol Dweck (Mindset) and John Hattie (Visible Learning).
Skolvärlden (Swedish Teaching Union) describes James as “one of the most talked about names in the world of school development” and the Observer newspaper in the UK listed him among the Future 500 - a “definitive list of the UK's most forward-thinking and brightest innovators.”
James Nottingham’s work with pre-schools, kindergartens, and nurseries
James is a leader in transforming up-to-date research into strategies that really work in pre-schools. Having been a pedagog and a leader in pre-schools, he understands how to ensure that feedback, praise, challenge, progress, and dialogue can be made to work brilliantly with young children.
Feedback from Pre-School work with James Nottingham
James Nottingham’s work with schools
James has been a teacher and leader in schools in the UK, and is now one of the most sought-after speakers in the world of education. His reputation for translating up-to-date research into practical strategies that are proven to work with students between the aged of 5-18 is outstanding.
Feedback from James Nottingham’s consultancy with Schools
James Nottingham’s work with FE colleges, gymnasiums, and adult education centres
James has worked with FE colleges (gymnasiums) and adult education centres around the world. Offering tailor-made, evidence-based, and practical strategies for all staff working with students over the age of 16, James can help you take the next steps in your professional development journey.
Feedback from James Nottingham’s consultancy with Post 16 colleges
James Nottingham’s keynote speeches
"Nothing short of an AMAZING speaker. Time flew by! Although it was in English, the language was never a problem!” ("Intet mindre end FANTASTISK oplægsholder. Tiden fløj af sted! Selvom dagen foregik på engelsk, blev sproget aldrig på noget tidspunkt et problem!”)
James Nottingham has been described as one of the best professional speakers in the world of education. He has engaged audiences from every phase: pre-school, primary, secondary, FE (gymnasium) and university. He inspires teachers, leaders and pedagogues to reflect and take action.
The conferences he will be speaking at over the coming year include:
Visible Learning conferences alongside Professor John Hattie
Mindset & Motivation conferences alongside Professor Carol Dweck
Challenge and Progress in Pre-School conferences, hosted by Dafolo
Principals' conferences in Australia & New Zealand; Denmark, Norway, & Sweden; the UK; the USA; Argentina, Columbia, & Venezuela; Bahrain, Qatar, and UAE.
Teachers' conferences in 20 different countries (so far)
"James has developed a rare skill for blending arresting anecdotes, hard-edged research and practical advice into a truly compelling narrative. He brings the clarity, humour and powers of synthesis that characterise his presentations to the written word too.” (Professor Barry Hymer, Cumbria University, UK)
"James Nottingham - lärare och skolledare och ett av de mest omtalade namnen inom skolutveckling i världen i dag." (Skolvärlden, 2014) / James Nottingham is a teacher and leader, and one of the most talked about names in the world of school development today (Swedish Teaching Union Magazine)