Challenging Learning

James Nottingham *INTERNATIONAL*

Category:  International, Learning Strategist, Leadership, Assessment, Growth Mindsets


COVID-19 - Please note these course dates have now been adjusted and the day has been moved to an online format 
Leadership, Challenge, and Collective Efficacy - 
Audience: School leaders, leadership teams, CoL leaders

Identify the leadership actions that will lead to improved learning outcomes for all students and staff, and create a culture for learning in which all students choose to challenge themselves and each other more effectively & positively. Develop personal and collective efficacy so that everyone has the will and skill to positively influence learning outcomes.

Seven Steps To Maximising The Effectiveness of Feedback
Online - 20th October 8:30-2:30pm
Audience: Suitable for teachers, leaders and support staff working with students between the ages of 3-19

Feedback is one of the most significant influences on student learning. At least, that is what research by Hattie, Wiliam, Lysakowski, Walberg, and others suggests. Yet, it is also one of the most variable: more than a third of the studies show a negative outcome on student learning. Added to that, 80% of the verbal feedback that students receive during the day comes from other students, and most of it is wrong. Imagine if we could address these problems and get the effect of feedback right more of the time! This workshop with James Nottingham will point you in the right direction!

The day will help participants to...​

  • Understand why the impact of feedback often isn’t as powerful as expected and what can be done to correct the situation;

  • Learn how to expertly use James Nottingham’s Seven Steps to Feedback Success;

  • Understand the best routines for maximising the positive effects of feedback student learning;

  • Be able to adapt the use of grading to turn it from a negative effect to a positive effect;

  • Develop routines that will help all students boost their self-assessment capabilities.

Further reading: Challenging Learning Through Feedback by James & Jill Nottingham

What does ‘Challenging Learning’ mean?

I chose the name Challenging Learning partly because of the double meaning: challenging the way in which learning takes place and at the same time, making learning more challenging. Many people say that parents these days wrap their children in cotton wool, smoothing the way to ensure their little darlings don’t encounter difficulties. In educational terms this is problematic because it is only when children and young people engage in challenging tasks and come across problems that they have the opportunity to develop important life skills such as problem solving, higher order thinking and collaborative skills, as well as personal attributes such as resilience, determination and self efficacy. So, as a company we look at ways to challenge the way learning takes place – at school, pre-school and at home. We draw on the most up-to-date research about challenge, feedback, thinking skills, dialogue, Philosophy for Children, Visible Learning, and Dweck Mindsets to identify the best strategies for making learning more challenging, engaging, motivating and successful.

~ James Nottingham


James' areas of expertise: Challenge, Progress and Achievement, Growth Mindset, Visible Learning, Feedback, the Learning Pit, Philosophy for Children, Leadership and Strategy.