Friday, 17 May 2013

zondle and tutor2U


tutor2u, the leading digital education publisher for Business, Economics & the Humanities, has agreed to take a substantially increased stake in zondle, the fast-growing specialist in games-based learning.

zondle is managed by Wayne Holmes, Doug Lapsley and Ben Barton (ex Pearson, Granada Learning, Rising Stars & Harcourt) and has seen huge growth in users and traffic (doubling both since January 2013) and has begun generating revenues in the UK.

Commenting on tutor2u's investment, Jim Riley (Managing Director, tutor2u) said:

"We are delighted to take advantage of the opportunity to invest further in zondle which has developed hugely since we first took a stake in the business. zondle's innovative games-based learning platform has already enabled tutor2u to broaden our offer to teachers and students in our core subjects and we are now rolling this out across a wider range of curriculum areas."

“zondle’s platform is a core part of our investment in teaching & learning resources that can be accessed and delivered via mobile devices. We have also commissioned zondle to develop a new student portal within the tutor2u website”.

"The UK educational system faces significant and disruptive curriculum change over the next two years and our teacher and student community will look to partners like zondle and tutor2u to support them as the changes take effect.. Many of the larger print-based educational publishers are still struggling to meet the needs of digital education and the combination of tutor2u and zondle will enable us to continue to grow rapidly through outstanding innovation, quality and value".

“As the tutor2u and zondle teams have worked closely together over the last 18 months, it has become clear that we share the same core values. Both tutor2u and zondle love education – wherever it takes place – and we are both committed to working directly with teachers, students, parents and other educational stakeholders to improve the quality of teaching and learning.”

Ben Barton from zondle commented:

“We are so pleased that our partner, tutor2u, has agreed to significantly increase its investment in zondle at this time. tutor2u are clearly market leading in developing content that teachers actually use to support their students and the growing tutor2u team understands technology and the new landscape of education which will help zondle build on its early successes.”

“The closer ties with tutor2u and the increased investment mean a step change for both our organizations as we take on the more established resource providers in the UK and abroad and continue to deliver fantastic support for teachers and students.”

Notes for Editors:

tutor2u was founded in 2002 by twin brothers Jim and Geoff Riley. Jim was formerly with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Thomson Travel Group plc. Geoff is currently Head of Teaching & Learning at Eton College.

tutor2u ( is now one of the world's most popular e-learning brands, serving over 30 million unique website users each year. tutor2u provides a wide range of free and subscription-based learning materials to over 90% of the UK's secondary and tertiary educational institutions, and exports to schools and colleges in over 130 countries. tutor2u also provides exam coaching workshops to over 20,000 students each year and has developed a highly popular CPD programme.

In 2012, tutor2u was accepted onto the BIS-funded GrowthAccelerator scheme. As a result of the growth strategy developed through this process, tutor2u made three significant appointments in October 2012: Michelle Stephenson (Head of Events & New Projects); Graham Prior (Head of Teaching, Learning & Online Community); Jon Clark (Head of Innovation).

zondle ( is a games-based learning platform that operates in over 100 countries and over 40 languages. More than 8m questions are answered on zondle every month and there are almost 300,000 users of zondle worldwide. zondle launched it’s first paid-for product zondle SPAG! to support the new Grammar Punctuation and Spelling Test which had a glowing reception from teachers in England and Wales.

Ben Barton has worked in education for 20 years including time at Pearson, Granada Learning and Harcourt. Ben founded Rising Stars in 2002 and sold his stake in that business in 2012.

For more information please contact:
Ben Barton (07590 692595) or
Jim Riley (07769 675599) or