James Nottingham brings together the most up-to-date research and turns it into accessible, proven strategies for teaching and learning for Post-16, Vocational, Further and Higher Education students.
James offers many types of professional development ranging from keynote speeches to half-day and full-day workshops; demonstration lessons to team-teaching and coaching; and from study tours to in-college consultancy.
His company’s most effective support is the Challenging Learning Process. This brings together the best resources, research and practice to help all staff and students make outstanding progress in learning. To find out more, please download the information documents – available below in English, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish (with Spanish and French coming soon)
Here are the topics offered by James and his team at Challenging Learning. A keynote can cover highlights of 1-2 themes; a day’s presentation can cover 1-2 in depth or highlights of 3-4; and the many long-term projects James runs tend to cover them all!
I want to go and put all my new skills into practice. This has been extremely helpful and useful in my role and I have learnt so much.
Brilliant!! Everyone should complete the courses, it would revolutionise how we teach in the college!
The facilitator (Martin Renton) was amazing and the courses were intense, challenging and draining but provide invaluable strategies that become second nature when used on a daily basis.
So why has Martin Renton been the perfect lecturer for us? He uses many practical activities which give the teachers ideas for the classroom. He also focuses on the idea of progress as a well as outcome, how progress demonstrates learning and how teachers can support each other in the classroom, and discuss professional learning.
From the first break and throughout the day I got e-mails and SMS from the staff about having an amazing day. You really made their day.
Put simply, the Teaching Thinking module was the best staff development I have ever had in 17 years of teaching. Very motivating and very useful
"There is more sharing of good practice taking place … which has started to break down the 'closed door' syndrome that surrounded the classroom. It has enabled the college to introduce peer observation. The CLP Process has increased the enthusiasm of staff to look at their classroom practices; they are more open about asking for help; have become more reflective in their practice and have 'demanded' more."
The presentations were really engaging, challenging and positive. We were shown the value of personalised learning, questioning and feedback - all backed up with pertinent, applicable activities & resources. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will use it to develop my teaching.
“Challenging Learning’s work at our school is leading to the most significant and ongoing positive change that I have witnessed in my 30 years in education. As part of this on-going development, we held a parent information night that is still talked about two years later. We all now have a different perspective on learning and the vital role we can play in developing successful learners.”