Twinkl Educational Publishing is an online educational publishing house, producing teaching and educational materials.[1][2] Twinkl was founded by Jonathan Seaton [3][4] and Susie Seaton. Its headquarters are in Sheffield, England.[5][6]

Twinkl Educational Publishing
TypePrivate company
IndustryEducation
Founded24 March 2010; 11 years ago (2010-03-24)
FounderJonathan Seaton, Susie Seaton
Headquarters,
England
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Jonathan Seaton
(CEO)
ProductsEducational resources, teacher planning materials, teacher assessment materials, publishing
Services
  • Educational assessment
  • School resourcing
  • Primary education
  • Secondary education
  • Education Technology
  • Continuous Professional Development
Number of employees
500+
Websitetwinkl.co.uk

In 2018 its international sales were £2,600,000.[7]

HistoryEdit

While working as a teacher, Susie had difficulty sourcing materials for her lessons, which led the couple to begin creating their own resources and publishing these online. Twinkl now creates digital teaching materials for educators worldwide.[8] This includes materials for primary schools,[9] secondary schools, parents[10][11] home educators,[12] childminders, English as a second language, special educational needs and disabilities, adult education,[13] and international markets.[14]

LocationEdit

The company moved to its current HQ in Sheffield, England in 2014.[8] As of 2020, the company has over 710 team members in 15 locations around the world. In 2017, Twinkl opened a second office[15] in Wollongong, Australia.[16][17]

Recognition and achievementsEdit

In April 2018, Twinkl received The Queen's Award for Enterprise[18] for the company's work in international trade.[19]

In 2019 Twinkl was ranked at number 28 on The Sunday Times WorldFirst SME Export Track 100. The track ranks SMEs (small medium enterprises) with the fastest-growing international sales over the last two years.[20]

In 2019, Twinkl received a Guinness World Record. The record was set for ‘most people in a singing relay - multiple songs.[21] In total, 384 people took part.

In 2020, Twinkl received The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation.[22]

Jonathan Seaton, Co-Founder and CEO of Twinkl Educational Publishing was awarded an Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Twinkl’s services to Technology and Education during the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020.[23]

Coronavirus responseEdit

Twinkl offered all its resources for free to parents, teachers and carers globally during the Coronavirus school closures.[24]

Twinkl partnered with BBC Bitesize to supply educational materials to support home learning.[25]

PartnershipsEdit

BBC Children in NeedEdit

Twinkl is the Official Education Partner for BBC Children in Need.[26] Twinkl offers a range of free resources, supporting children and schools to fundraise for the charity.

BBC StudiosEdit

In June 2020, Twinkl partnered with BBC Studios [27] to create a range of educational Doctor Who resources [28] for Primary school children.

YolanDa BrownEdit

Twinkl, kids creative-media agency SUPER. and YolanDa Brown supported teachers and parents when the United Kingdom went into lockdown and schools across the country closed[29] in January 2021. Twinkl offered a selection of free teaching resources and home-learning packs.[30]

UEFA and SantanderEdit

Twinkl collaborated with UEFA Champions League[31] and their partner, Santander, to launch The Numbers Game Champions Challenge Cards. The game was made readily available for free on the Twinkl website.

TwinklHiveEdit

In 2019, Twinkl launched a startup accelerator called TwinklHive.[32] This is based in Sheffield, UK.

TwinklHive launched a young entrepreneurship programme[33] in 2020, offering investment and mentorship to young people who want to grow a digital business.

NatterhubEdit

Natterhub, a social media platform and framework created for teachers to share with pupils, is part of TwinklHive.[34] Founded by Manjit Sareen and Caroline Allams,[35] the curriculum aimed platform is aimed to teach kids aged 5 to 11 in the United Kingdom.

Champion HealthEdit

Champion Health, a digital wellbeing platform, received investment from TwinklHive[36] in 2020. The start-up founded by Harry Bliss[37], helps businesses optimise the health and wellbeing of staff by offering proactive health assessments, data-driven solutions and online mental health training.

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ "The Guardian". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Online Guide". www.qaeducation.co.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
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  12. ^ Emily Drabble (24 September 2013). "How to teach... ancient Greece". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  13. ^ "The Guardian". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Domain". /www.domain.com.au. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
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