Pearson plc (Pearson) is an international education and media company. The Company has operations in the education, business information and consumer publishing markets. The Company operates through three segments: North America, Core and Growth. The North American business serves educators and students in the United States and Canada from early education through elementary, middle and high schools and into higher education with a range of products and services, such as courseware, assessments and services. The core markets are the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, the Benelux countries and Italy. The Company provides English language schools in China and Brazil; partner schools in Brazil and India; vocational and higher education institutions from Saudi Arabia to South Africa, as well as textbooks and educational software. The Company creates and manages intellectual property, which it promotes and sells to its customers under various brand names.