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Phil Beadle

Phil Beadle knows a bit about bringing creative projects to fruit. His self-described ‘renaissance dilettantism’ is best summed up by Mojo magazine’s description of him as a ‘burnished voice soul man and left wing educationalist’. He is the author of ten books on a variety of subjects, including the acclaimed Dancing About Architecture, described in Brain Pickings as ‘a strong, pointed conceptual vision for the nature and origin of creativity’. As songwriter Philip Kane, his work has been described in Uncut magazine as having ‘novelistic range and ambition’ and in Mojo as having a ‘rare ability to find romance in the dirt’ along with ‘bleakly literate lyricism’. He has won national awards for both teaching and broadcasting, was a columnist for the Guardian newspaper for nine years and has written for every broadsheet newspaper in the UK, as well as the Sydney Morning Herald. Phil is also one of the most experienced, gifted and funniest public speakers in the UK.

Click here to listen in on Phil’s podcast with Pivotal Education - ‘How to Teach Literacy’.

Listen to the ‘ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler’ broadcast.

ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler Broadcast date: Thursday 19 July 2012

Click here to listen to Phil Beadle’s interview with TalkSport - Listen in at approximately 29:09.

Click here to read Phil Beadle’s article on ‘How do we systematise this?’

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Publications by Phil Beadle

Rules for Mavericks

Rules for Mavericks: A Manifesto for Dissident Creatives by Phil…

Literacy Through Football Skills

What if it were possible to teach kids the fundamentals…

Rules for Mavericks Audiobook (Abridged version)

The successor to Camus’ The Rebel. Jim Douglas, author of…

How To Teach

The ultimate (and ultimately irreverent) look at what you should…

Bad Education

Bad Education is a collection of Phil Beadle’s columns from…

Dancing About Architecture

Dancing About Architecture is a compendium of outrageous ideas: ideas…

The Book of Plenary

If you buy only one book on metacognitive strategies for…


Literacy is important. This book is about getting it right.…

There Is Another Way

Edited by Ian Gilbert with chapters by Mark Anderson, Lisa…

The Working Class

In The Working Class: Poverty, education and alternative voices,…

Author Blog

The Story of Ear

August 27 2019

A lot of people have asked me no one has asked me: Irsquo;m lying to make myself appear significant and relevant Irsquo;m certainly not one of these why do you use so many brackets Actually they havenrsquo;t What no one has really ever asked me aside from ldquo;Which side had the best uniforms in the American Civil Warrdquo; ldquo;Do you believe in sex after marriagerdquo; and ldquo;Who is your favourite Grimsby Town manager of all timerdquo; is ldquo;Why have you got a picture of your own ear on the front cover of lsquo;28 Rantsrsquo; A number of theories have not been expressed The first of which so that we can39;t see your face might appear to have some substance I share the opinion of First Nation Americans of photographers They are thieves They take something that doesn39;t belong to them a personrsquo;s image and claim it as their creation But I am undoubtedly less fresh faced than many and it would appear too much a work of a hubris that borders on the abusive to place an ima...

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On Still Getting Things Wrong

August 12 2019

Irsquo;ve come to the end of a yearrsquo;s stay in a Secondary Modern and wanted to linger a while on how wrong I still get things even after two-and-a-half decades of parading knowledge or its lack in classrooms multiple I was introduced to year 11 at the beginning of this academic year through a series of lsquo;masterclassesrsquo; on Macbeth Irsquo;m uncomfortable with this nomenclature as while it is probably technically true it comes with the sense of an ego out of control but I recall still my first impressions of young people I got to know quite well during the year Many of the same students stuck out at the beginning as have left indelible memories at the end: S ndash; bright enough bumptious difficult to manage; D ndash; quiet serious studious; P ndash; a cheeky tiger with an ability to understand the complexities of poetry rather better than the simple fact that achievement involves hard work and sometimes a bit of hush; B ndash; polite quietly determined and the kind of da...

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