Global education group Pearson said it would restructure the company to be able to serve consumers directly, after it posted 2020 operating profit in line with forecasts. 

Pearson today provided a results and strategy update under its new chief executive Andy Bird.

It said today it would target opportunities to provide digital learning tools, a workforce skills gaps and demand for accreditation and certification. 

It reported adjusted operating profit of £313m, down from £581m in 2019, after the group was boosted by a demand for online learning but hit by the cancellation of exams. 

"This year, as we recover from the impact of the pandemic, we are focused on delivering revenue and profit growth," CEO Andy Bird said. 

"Pearson's strategy is geared around three key demand-led global market opportunities which play to all our strengths: the rise in online and digital learning; addressing the workforce skills gap and meeting the growing demand for dependable accreditation and certification."