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James Nottingham

Challenging Learning
Alnwick, Northumberland UK
James Nottingham is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an award granted for making outstanding achievements to social progress and development, and is included in the Future 500, a "definitive list of the UK’s most forward thinking and creative innovators". He is best-known for creating the Learning Pit®, a world-renowned model for enhancing curiosity, determination and strategy; and is also the author of nine books about teaching, learning, and leadership. He has been a teaching assistant, teacher, and leader in schools in primary, middle, and secondary schools in the UK, as well as a factory worker, pig farmer, and lifeguard trainer. In 2006, he created the company Challenging Learning which now employs 25 staff members in six countries, including the USA. He splits his time between leading his board of directors; designing and presenting professional learning; developing improved pedagogies based on the most up-to-date and compelling research; writing books; running demonstration lessons; and enjoying family life in the Scottish borders.