James Nottingham is the creator of The Learning Pit; author of 9 books for teachers, leaders & parents; founder of Challenging Learning; and employer of 30 staff in 6 countries. He has been a teaching assistant, teacher and leader across the 3-19 age range, as well as director of an award-winning social regeneration project in north east England. He is a sought-after keynote speaker, regularly headlining national and international conferences. He has been on many speaking tours with John Hattie, Carol Dweck and others, and is described by Skolvärlden (Swedish Teaching Union) as “one of the most talked about names in the world of school development”. He is listed by The Observer as a member of The Future 500 – “a definitive list of the UK’s most forward thinking and creative innovators.”



James Nottingham has developed a rare skill for blending arresting anecdotes, hard-edged research and practical advice into a truly compelling narrative.

Prof Barry Hymer

James Nottingham has the skills of explaining the complex in a way which is accessible and inviting. He is challenging yet encouraging. The examples of how it could be and the insights into what success looks like will leave you wanting to do things differently without a bag of guilt to weigh you down.

Prof Mick Waters

James Nottingham - lärare och skolledare och ett av de mest omtalade namnen inom skolutveckling i världen i dag / James Nottingham is a teacher and leader, and one of the most talked about names in the world of school development today

Skolvärlden, 2014

“James'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”

George Telford, Australia

“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!”

B Jensen, Denmark

I thought it was an inspiring lecture by James Nottingham. I wish everyone in education could hear these important messages.

Alexandra Sundelin

Pre-School Leader, Denmark

I attended the Mindset congress because of James Nottingham and wow, I was blown away. I enjoyed his presentations so much! I shared his ideas with my secondary school colleagues and they were so enthusiastic.

Monica Blankestijn

Teacher, Netherlands

Your keynote was the perfect! Feedback from delegates identified your inspirational and thought-provoking keynote as the highlight of the day. I am sure the impact will be felt across our schools and nurseries for years to come.

Conference organiser

Buenos Aires, Argentina

James delivered a fantastic thought-provoking keynote that sparked debate and discussion amongst delegates alongside some excellent examples and nuggets of suggested good practise for them to take back to school.

Conference organiser

Birmingham, UK

Thank you so much for a fantastic Keynote speech at our conference yesterday, it was the perfect way to start a conference titled #BeInspired. The feedback from delegates has been fantastic and so many forms refer to your inspirational speech and workshop.

Kylie Spark

Headteacher, Manchester, UK