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Nigel de Gruchy, the General Secretary for The Teacher's Union (NASUWT) deemed Teaching Tomorrow "an important contribution to the 'where next and how' in education". The official review by Teaching Today stated "John's ideas ... are worthy of serious consideration by all interested in what sort of society we are developing." The Educational Heretics Press described Teaching Tomorrow as "a vision of a new teaching profession that serves families and their learning plans, rather than dictating to them". The Independent on Sunday, reviewing In Place of Schools, claimed "it is, in many ways, an attractive proposition", and The Prep School Journal stated "read this 'novel' and then see if you can defend the continuance of schools!"
Readers called In Place of Schools "refreshing and enjoyable", "most interesting", "very persuasive" and called it "a brilliant concept". One of the dedicated reviewers on Amazon gave Vote for Terry Park! a five-star review, stating it contained "loads of gritty humour and well-observed heroes from the classroom"
John's works have been recommended as "suggested reading" by the City of Bradford District Council and The Educating Parent (Australia), and have been referenced by numerous authors, including Steven Hastings, Bob Franklin, Roland Meighan and Times Educational Supplement journalist Derek Wise.
All of John's books have received excellent reviews from a wide variety of sources: