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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

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.…

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…

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

Why I Teach

January 27 2018

For a good few years Irsquo;ve been asking my students the question lsquo;How do you kill Godrsquo; Itrsquo;s part of the study of Macbeth and precedes the students putting crimes of deicide regicide genocide parricide matricide infanticide etc into an order of horridness They have to construct that order both for our time and for Shakespearersquo;s thereby understanding that our moral landscapes are rather different to those of Shakespearersquo;s audiences Additionally it leads towards understanding the gravity of Macbethrsquo;s crime Irsquo;m looking for students to display understanding of the fact that regicide was the closest you could get to deicide in the corporeal world and that consequently God as the stated owner of vengeance it is his you see is likely to take retribution My lovely student Isabelle however saw it rather differently nbsp; ldquo;To kill God you have to stab him You need the sharpest knife you can find and you cannot do it alone ndash; you must go with at...

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On Authoritarianism

March 12 2017

This England is a prison -- a walking shadow; it is a unit for the correction of the errancies of the juvenile a young offendersrsquo; prison Our young people are viewed by policy makers as briefly animated pieces of meat herded into the present and future abattoir of lives of indentured slavery They enter an education system that seeks chiefly to diminish cost and secondarily to identify elites who might prosper and graduate to being the next generation of protectors of the right to rule of their forebears The money in the system has been siphoned elsewhere upwards; huge budget cuts are currently swaggering big balled and bowlegged through saloon bar gates to savage state education University education has already been privatised monetised profitised and young people who are prepared to devote themselves to the acquisition of knowledge and the possibility of a better future must leap huge budgetary hurdles that will leave them pound;50000 in debt before they graduate to their first...

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