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Yolande Beckles is a British educationalist and businesswoman.

Early Life[edit]

She was born in London in 1962 to parents of Trinidadian origin. She has two siblings, Brian and Hermione, and two children, Diandra and Euan.[1]

Start of career[edit]

Windsor Fellowship

Global Graduates[edit]

She founded Global Graduates in 1998, a company aimed at raising the aspirations of, and teaching soft skills to, ethnic minority children. Global Graduates collapsed in 2003[2]. After this, debts of around £125,000 were left unpaid and at least 19 County Court Judgments have been lodged against her.[3]
Diversity in Law report/praise from Cherie Blair

TV Series[edit]

In 2006, she starred in a three part documentary series called Don't Mess with Miss Beckles which was aired on BBC2. In it, she tried to motivate three secondary school children (one per episode) to achieve more in their academic life. The reaction to the show in the media was polarised, with some praising her message of parental involvement in a child's learning [4], while others suggested that the show was exploitative [5] and that her approach was tantamount to bullying [6]. One of the parents featured in the show subsequently spoke out about Beckles's 'wholly inappropriate' behaviour.[7] The screening of the program also prompted a number of Beckles's creditors to issue renewed calls for payment. [8] An individual claiming to be a friend of a creditor has since set up a website to monitor her activities [9].

Move to America[edit]

Yolande Beckles is currently in Los Angeles, where she has set up an educational program called Think Global Kids. [10]


  1. ^ Guardian - Yvonne Roberts meets controversial educational motivator Yolande Beckles
  2. ^ The Independent - Yolande Beckles: Little Miss Know-all
  3. ^ Evening Standard - TV school guru "took kid's cash then flew off to meet religious cult"
  4. ^ Guardian - Learning from Miss Beckles
  5. ^ BBC News - 'Miss Beckles' show sparks anger
  6. ^ Guardian - How Miss Beckles messed up my son
  7. ^ Guardian - How Miss Beckles messed up my son
  8. ^ Observer - Miss Beckles owes us money, claim staff
  9. ^ Independent - The Messy Life of Miss Beckles
  10. ^ Independent - The Messy Life of Miss Beckles

External Links[edit]

Think Global Kids website (currently down for maintenance)

Beckleswatch, the website purporting to monitor her activities


Links already used in article Guardian - 'I'm telling the real story. That's why I'm being attacked'

Links that may be of use Learning from Miss Beckles Guardian - It's open season on black women Guardian - Miss Beckles owes us money, claims staff

Freedom of Information stories 06-07

BBC News - 'Miss Beckles' show sparks anger

The Lawyer - Hot 100

Guardian - How Miss Beckles Messed up my Son

IoS - The Messy Life of Miss Beckles BBC Press Office

Events/Information to be covered[edit]

Windsor Fellowship sacking for misappropriation of funds
Praise of GG from David Lammie
Lord Adonis approaching her RE: city academy
Winding up petition in 2003
Subsequent companies
The Holiday Scam incident
Not paying school fees in 07
In America: being sued for unpaid rent