Phil Beadle

Speaker Photo

Speaker Topics

  • Wellbeing
  • Teaching
  • Secondary
  • Raising Standards
  • Raising Aspirations of Young People and Adults
  • Professional Development
  • Education without failure
  • Behaviour/Discipline
  • Arts And Education


Phil Beadle is an internationally recognised expert on teaching and learning.

He has won national awards for both teaching and broadcasting (London Secondary Teacher of the Year; United Kingdom Secondary Teacher of the Year; Royal Television Society Breakthrough Award for The Unteachables’; Royal Television Society Most Educational Impact on Primetime Schedule for ‘Can’t Read: Can’t Write’) and has been nominated for a European Commission award for his journalism.

His books on teaching and learning have been translated into five different languages: his \'Could do better\' guide was serialised in the Telegraph, and his \'How to Teach\' book was awarded 10/10 by the Times Educational Supplement.

More recent publications include \'Dancing about Architecture\' and \'Bad Education\' a compilation of the columns he wrote for the Guardian Newspaper between 2004 and 2011, along with \'Literacy Through Football Skills\' a scheme of work he designed to teach sentence structure by playing football, which was adopted by several professional football clubs. His recently completed book \'Managing Behaviour in Challenging Schools\', written with John Murphy, is to be published in October 2012 and he has also contributed articles and book reviews for The Times, Independent and Independent on Sunday.

His work for Teachers\' TV included thee of top forty most popular programmes in the channel\'s run, and his \'Lesson from the Best\' Teachers\' TV programme is used in Universities across the west coast of America. There is a substantial period dedicated to his work at Adelaide University in Australia. He has lectured in Australia, Germany and Switzerland, as well as at Universities in the UK.

As a speaker Phil is both energetic and charismatic. He will always challenge his audience.

Current Positions Held

Freelance Education Consultant:
English Consultant Oasis Academies;
Columnist, Education Guardian & Teach Secondary Magazine;
Teacher in Residence, Knox Grammar, Sydney, Australia;
Course Designer, Evening Seminars, Teaching Leaders

Personal Achievements and Awards

London Secondary Teacher of the Year 2004 - Winner
United Kingdom Secondary Teacher of the Year 2004 - Winner
Royal Television Society Breakthrough Award (On screen) 2005 - Winner
Playing for Success Stars Award 2007
Royal Television Society Most Educational Impact in the Primetime Schedule 2008 - Winner
European Commission Award for Promoting Equality in Journalism 2009 - Nominated
Educational Resource Awards – Non ICT Secondary for How to Teach 2010 – Finalist

Relevant Career and Professional Background

Phil Beadle is an award winning inner city English teacher who has written seven books on teaching and learning. These include ‘How to Teach’, which was given 10/10 by the TES and ‘Dancing About Architecture’ which was briefly the number one selling book on pedagogy in the United States. He is best known for his television series on Channel 4: ‘The Unteachables’ and ‘Can’t Read, Can’t Write’ and for having written the column ‘On Teaching’ for the Guardian.

Additional Information

Typical feedback:
\"The most inspiring speaker ever!\" AST National Conference
“Thanks for a great session today - really interested in what you said about rigour and creativity”

“The best ever Teacher Training day today thanks to Phil Beadle”

\"Was informative and inspiring. Gave a completely new perspective on ways to teach. Was the best INSET I have attended at GCA.\" Teacher, Grieg City Academy, Improving Literacy across the Curriculum

\"Excellent practical activities to reinforce his hard hitting facts about underachievement in schools and how to engage students, raising the bar and marking.\" AST National Conference

For availability or to book this speaker please email or call 07595 820211 / 07919 216280