Representatives from the NEU were joined by colleagues from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), the Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW/Germany) and Education International (EI), all sharing the same message: we want a better future for education. Demonstrators challenged Pearson to put pupils before profit, demanded free quality public education for all and called for qualified teachers, not robots.
The demonstration was supported by the launch of a new report from Education International, titled Pearson 2025: Transforming teaching and privatising education data. The report, written by Sam Sellar and Anna Hogan, explores two key areas of Pearson’s strategy: privatisation of data and transformation of the role of educators. The full report is available on Education International’s website.