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HeadteacherChat’s Review of:

Challenge Learning’s book, ‘The Learning Pit’

Hello! My name is Jonathan Coy, and I am co-host of HeadteacherChat. I am delighted to have been given access to Challenging Learning’s book, “The Learning Pit’, and I thought you would be interested to know what I discovered!  

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How does Challenging Learning describe their book?  

The Learning Pit is one of the most powerful ways to build resilience, determination, and love of learning. It can help develop a growth mindset; prompt people to explore alternatives and contradictions; and encourage learners to willingly step outside their comfort zone.

The Learning Pit will help you to:


Highlights of the book include:


Profound, practical and precise: James Nottingham tells you how to make your classroom a place where young people would love to be.Professor Guy Claxton, Author of Building Learning Power  


‘An inspirational guide to creating lessons that are thought-provoking and meaningful, and at the same time theoretically sound.’ Carol S. Dweck, Author of Mindset, and the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

‘The Learning Pit’ has the HeadteacherChat Stamp of Approval


‘The Learning Pit’ is a great book and a really practical guide for teachers in order to create a cognitively challenging classroom.

The book challenges how educators think about learning and explains how to teach children to cope with challenge, failure, and uncertainty.  

The book stands out because of the way it explains how to create a cognitively challenging school environment through practical suggestions, applicable to any classroom. It’s an easy to read guide for a teacher and/or a school leader and is suitable for both Early Career Teachers, and experienced teachers of learners and senior leaders in the primary phase.

“It’s an enjoyable book which is easy to read and contains lots of useful tips and activities. We were really impressed with the level of detail in each of the activities provided and how they link to the Learning Pit principles. If you are looking for ways to develop your children’s learning culture and help them to develop their critical thinking skills, then we’d highly recommend this book.”  Jonathan Coy, CEO, HeadteacherChat. September 2021  


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