James Nottingham is co-founder and executive director of Challenging Learning, a group of companies with 25 employees in 6 countries. His passion is in transforming the most up-to-date research into strategies that work brilliantly in the classroom. He is regarded by many as one of the most engaging, thought-provoking and inspirational speakers in education.
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 a TV documentary about his work with Philosophy for Children (P4C) led to the setting up of his own consultancy group, Challenging Learning.
Today, his team support pre-schools, schools, colleges, and school districts (kommuner) with long-term projects that make a significant difference to the lives of all learners.
As a keynote speaker, James headlines conferences around the world. Last year, he spoke at 82 conferences in 19 countries on 6 continents. He is also often seen touring alongside Professors John Hattie (Visible Learning) and Carol Dweck (Mindset).
The Observer newspaper in the UK lists him among the Future 500 - a “definitive list of the UK's most forward-thinking and brightest innovators.”