Personal profile

Research interests

Jonathan's principal research interest is in the educational engagement of neurodiverse learners within a secondary chemistry context. He aims to adopt a participatory approach in order to amplify the voices of neurodiverse students who are traditionally overlooked by mainstream educational research. The research aims to challenge deficit-based narratives of their educational potential, as well as critiquing ableist assumptions within educational engagement literature.

Outside of his PhD research, Jonathan has an interest in the use of song and music in science education.

Biographical details

Jonathan has a background as a secondary Physics teacher, an informal maths and science educator, science communication through song, and composer for stage musicals. He recently brought together these various skills for the SciTunes project which created a series of music videos about Key Stage 4 Physics and was supported by the Stephen Hawking Foundation.

He continues to perform at science festivals and schools as well as teaching in an alternative education provision for students unable to engage in mainstream schools.

Education/Academic qualification

Science Education, Master of Arts, IoE Institute of Education


Science Education, Postgraduate Certificate , IoE Institute of Education


History and Philosophy of Science, Bachelor of Arts, University of Leeds



  • LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
  • Neurodiversity
  • Educational engagement
  • Song-based learning
  • Chemistry education


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