This blog is designed to share my resources as an English teacher and a former teacher of ToK at IB. I am Head of English at a boy’s school in Harrow, London,and teach across the whole secondary age range.

My posts reflect my own views and should never be taken as “fact”. Often I write deliberately as a stimulus, to goad a response from students and all I ask is that any reader uses my work to spark off their own thoughts and takes care not to regurgitate them piecemeal.

The podcasts are meant for consumption by my students and usually refer to ideas and discussions that have taken place in class. This does not render them meaningless for visitors from elsewhere, but you should be aware of this before you listen.


20 responses to “About

  1. f66

    great site thanks 🙂

  2. • Radio CKCU / Literary News (Carleton U, Ottawa) http://carleton.ca/litnews/ is searching contributing correspondents who would like to report (via MP3 audio) on cultural events in Britain that are of literary interest. Could you help us in reaching out to people who might be willing to get in touch with us?And how about joining yourself our international team of contributing correspondents? I would truly be delighted.
    Hans G. Ruprecht
    Host & Producer

  3. Adi Bloom

    Hi Jonathan.
    I hope you don’t mind my getting in touch like this – I’m a journalist for the TES, and I was wondering whether you might be able to help me out with an article I’m working on.
    A while back, you mentioned during a TES Twitter exchange that you were an opera teacher for 18 years. I’m now writing an article about interesting pre-teaching careers, and how they might affect classroom practice – might you be prepared to have a chat with me over the phone about this?
    Do please drop me a note with any questions, etc. I’m on: adi.bloom [at] tes.co.uk
    Thanks very much,

  4. Adi Bloom

    Thank you!
    I’d still be very keen to speak – “opera teacher” was a slip-up. I did actually mean to write “opera singer”. I promise this is no indication of the accuracy of the article I plan to write…
    Look forward to hearing fom you,

  5. batuhan

    can you find “the fly in the ointment”s literary devices. please!!

  6. Hello,

    We’re trying to spread the word about the World’s Largest Lesson and wondered if you could help us. It’s for teachers across the world and it’s part of Project Everyone, which has been set up by Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis to support the upcoming sustainable development goals. We’re hoping to collect lesson plans from teachers geared towards teaching children about the goals – whether it’s an individual topic, like the fight against climate change or poverty or all of the goals. The competition closes in just over a week then the plans can be reviewed by teachers to select their favourite, which will then hopefully be taught in schools across the world in September. It’s a bit of a mighty plan and we’d really like your help!

    Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in and I can send you over the press release.

    Many thanks,


  7. yarrowjessie

    Hi Admin,

    Your blog “jwpblog.wordpress.com” is by far the most interesting I have come across in the recent past, hands down!

    The writer in me is yearning to write a piece for your blog, maybe around 500+ words, or whatever you are okay with.

    I’ve already written 100% original, informative articles on Education.

    I guarantee you offering 100% original content which won’t be published anywhere else other than your site.

    If you’re interested in pursuing further, please let me know the same.

    I’d welcome your topic suggestions and would be happy to deliver you an outstanding piece of content.

    And I assure you the quality and unique content for your audiences.

    Feel free to get in touch at any time though!

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Probably most useful if you let me know your spheres of interest. As you see, this is an edu blog aimed at supporting students at secondary level… Beyond that, anything engaging with English literature at secondary level would be brilliant

  8. yarrowjessie

    Good to hear from you.

    I would like to contribute a unique & 100% quality content for your website as per your guidelines.

    Below are few random topics, I’m keen to write for your website:-

    1. Why do students need career counselling?
    2. Career counselling: the right way to choose a right career

    If you like these topics then please let me know. Send me any one of topic.

    In case you got any topic suggestion in your mind then share your views on that. I’ll write and send to you ASAP.

    In return I would like to insert one high authority backlink as dofollow.

    If you permit, May I take the opportunity to promote your site on social profiles where we have huge followers.

    Feel free to get in touch at any time though!

    Thanks & Regards,

    • I am not sure that these are suited to a blog about teaching English and carrying resources to aid teachers and students in this area. Whilst interesting, I am keen to keep the posts relevant to this area. Do you have specialist knowledge in this field?

  9. Please let me know the status of my previous mail.

  10. Hi,

    I’m a lecturer at Bournemouth and Poole College. Your blog is excellent!

    I have made a few podcasts on OMAM and in particular, Curley’s wife. Feel free to add to your blog for your students! Links below:
    A* podcast: https://youtu.be/WznWPFul9Rk
    Curley’s wife podcast: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-KLrlGjgyXffKKMMr8AzQPXj6r9VtmE2

  11. LM

    So pleased to have found your site! I am teaching OCR Lit to my year 13s and I am the only teacher who is planning to compare Chaucer’s ‘The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale’ with ‘A Doll’s House’ so I was feeling a little ‘out on a limb’ so finding your site has been so helpful . I look forward to being inspired by future ADH and Chaucer comments/PPs in the future. Thanks so much, LM

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