This section shares some of the highlights of James’s work with educational settings for 0-6 year olds including EYFS, pre-schools, daycare centres, kindergartens, nurseries and playgroups.
James is well known in many parts of the world for his inspirational, practical and thought provoking work with early years settings.
His most popular themes include:
In addition, James and his team at Challenging Learning have a large number of on-going long-term projects with daycare centres in Denmark and pre-schools in Sweden. You can find out more about the process they use at ChallengingLearning.com
Thanks for the many wise words - and a liberating way to describe everyday life in pre-school and the many opportunities that lie ahead to create more learning.
Entertaining speakers who are easy to understand. The workshops very much exceeded my expectations.
I just want to thank you for lifting me back to a state of “I love my job.” Thank you for a couple of fantastic hours in Århus today. I have been a little “tired” lately but now I am back on track :o)
We were so impressed at how well you “translated” all the important points from your own and Hattie’s books into the pre-school context – and that your examples were spot on.
The course was inspiring and informative, focusing on better teacher-student relations through dialogue and teacher-teacher feedback through action learning
Great speaker who managed to keep the energy high all day! / Fantastisk foredragsholder som formår at holde gang i energien hele dagen!
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!
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!
By James Nottingham and Jill Nottingham (2017)
Jill and James Nottingham started an educational company in 1999 to support local nurseries and schools with the development of Philosophy for Children. This evolved into a multi-million pound, social regeneration project to raise the aspirations and abilities of young people in North East England. With the success of this project, early childhood centres across Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand wanted to get involved in the Nottingham’s award-winning approaches to challenge, dialogue, feedback, questioning and progress. This book shares the best of those strategies.
This book shows early childhood practitioners and parents some of the best strategies for helping children grow into even more curious, resilient, happy, articulate and thoughtful learners.
By James Nottingham (2012)
This inspiring, humorous and practical book shows what you can do to help children of all ages develop into confident, thoughtful and independent learners. For everyone living and working with children – particularly teachers, parents, carers and youth workers.
I recommend this book to anyone wishing to help children learn. In it you will find some lovely ideas for improving the way we encourage, support and praise all young people.
James has developed a rare skill for blending arresting anecdotes, hard-edged research and practical advice into a truly compelling narrative.
By James Nottingham (2017)
The Learning Challenge describes the theory and practice of guiding students through the ‘Learning Pit’. It is a practical book filled with ideas for making lessons engaging, thought provoking and collaborative.
This book includes so many worthwhile processes to invoke the various stages of learning, to show the connections between these stages, and to identify evidence of impact from techniques that have been tried and tested in many contexts around the world by James Nottingham and his team. It is a pleasure reading a book that puts the challenge back into learning.