I have participated before in the PLD that James led in Wellington last year. The workshop gave me the opportunity to know about James and his style of delivery and his understanding of how our tamariki can succeed. Outstanding!!! He has a rich knowledge of excellent ideas and strategies to share with us. I am always looking forward to workshops with James and I will definitely recommend it to others. I feel more confident now than before that I will not praise the kids for the sake of it but to support them on their next learning steps.


Olive Masina, Tairangi School


I would recommend an online workshop with James. He presented interesting and useful information in an easy to access format. There were opportunities for small group discussion and to ask questions. I was concerned about maintaining focus staring at the screen all day but having my camera and microphone off freed me up to listen and move around when I needed to. I am processing my next steps from all I learnt today and have decided my first action for tomorrow.

Karen Ataera, teacher, Tairangi School

Challenging Learning

James Nottingham *INTERNATIONAL*

Category:  International, Learning Strategist, Assessment, Growth Mindsets, Deepening Learning, Learning Conversations


COVID-19 - Please note courses with James, for the foreseeable future will be online

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.