Global: Report – the Pearson Learner Survey

August 12, 2020

Global: Report – the Pearson Learner Survey

The Pearson Learner Survey has been released providing perspective on the future of education

The Pearson Learner Survey has been released following a survey of 7,038 people aged 16-70 in various countries worldwide.  The report identified the following key trends:

  • Over 75% of respondents believe that education will fundamentally change as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • In most countries people trust and have confidence in their education system.
  • Issues of equity have been voiced as a concern and over 90% of learners would like more to do be done to tackle these issues.
  • There needs to be improvements in technology to deliver a better online learning experience.
  • The importance of having digital skills to increase employability was highlighted.
  • Universities have an opportunity to help people gain employment.
  • Social media is seen more positively as it has become an important way for peers to connect with one another.

People Surveyed in 7 Countries


The Harris Poll conducted the survey on behalf of Pearson by conducting 7,038 interviews lasting up to 20 minutes each.  Those interviewed were all aged 16-70 and the results were weighted for various categories, including age, gender, and race/ethnicity.  The following countries were selected for the survey: US, UK, Australia, Canada, Brazil, India and China.

Key Statistics
  • 78% of learners believe education will fundamentally change.
  • 88% believe online learning is here to stay.
  • 66% think their country is doing a good job.
  • 70% of respondents believe the pandemic has increased the digital divide.
  • 88% believe schools need to do more to tackle equality issues.
  • 77% think they need to develop new skills for the digital economy.
  • 87% believe universities can offer shorter courses to help tackle unemployment.

The main conclusion from the report is the view that the Covid-19 pandemic should be a catalyst for modernising education.  The digital divide, employability and other issues related to equity have been highlighted in the key trends section.  The importance of employers, educators, parents and students working together to tackle these issues was clearly stated.

“ 2020 is the year in which the world will measure itself in terms of “life before COVID-19 and life after”.  It’s the lens through which people in this year’s Global Learner Survey are viewing their lives and their experience with education. The consensus from learners: the world of education and work has forever changed in profound ways. ” John Fallon, CEO, Pearson