Discovery Education announces the acquisition of Inspyro


Purchase of Leading Virtual and Augmented Reality Provider Highlights Discovery Education’s Commitment to Immersive Learning Experiences

Discovery Education, one of the UK’s leading providers of digital curriculum content and professional learning for primary and secondary schools, today announced the acquisition of the award-winning virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) provider Inspyro. Terms were not disclosed.

Discovery Education’s purchase of Inspyro is a critical component of the company’s global content and product strategy. The acquisition will deliver augmented and virtual reality to thousands of UK schools, harnessing the latest technology to transform lessons and inspire pupils.

VR and AR content empowers teachers to create immersive learning experiences such as virtual science labs and virtual field trips, transporting pupils through time, space and geography. The purchase of Inspyro gives Discovery Education an in-house ability to quickly design and integrate new VR and AR content into products across its portfolio, including Espresso, the popular digital learning service for UK primary schools.

“For almost 20 years, Discovery Education has provided the educators it serves with the innovative digital resources and best-in-class professional learning they need to create engaging learning experiences for all students,” said Discovery Education Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy Philip Nanney. “The purchase of Inspyro and the addition of their talented staff to the Discovery Education team expands our capacity to develop and quickly deploy VR and AR content which educators can use to create captivating lessons that ignite students’ natural curiosity.” 

Winners of multiple prestigious Bett Awards, Inspyro is a highly regarded, experienced VR and AR developer.  The creators of curriculum-aligned learning modules supporting science, history, and geography instruction across the UK, Insypro is a full-service company whose assets can be scaled across multiple platforms and are compatible with various VR headsets and displays.

“Inspyro’s name is synonymous in Great Britain with high-quality VR and AR experiences, and we are excited to welcome the company to the Discovery Education team,” said Howard Lewis, Discovery Education’s Managing Director in the UK.  “Our organisations share a common goal—the creation of fascinating learning experiences that improve student achievement.  I am excited to bring the power of Inspyro’s content to the over 5 million teachers and 51 million students Discovery Education serves each day around the world.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring our technology and approach to the most trusted and respected brand in education,” said Phil Birchinall, Managing Director at Inspyro.  “Discovery Education shares our commitment to bringing teachers and learners the immersive technology they need to create modern learning environments, and we look forward working together on that joint mission.”

Explore Discovery Education’s immersive learning experiences at: www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/immersive.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit discoveryeducation.co.uk, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEdUK, or find us on Instagram.



As the global leader in curriculum-aligned digital content for primary and secondary classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million teachers and over 50 million pupils, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the world. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with local authorities, academy trusts, schools and like-minded organisations to captivate pupils, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customised solutions that increase academic achievement.

Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.co.uk.


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Angie Shatford, Press Officer