About Discovery Education
Company history
Working for us
Work experience

About us: About Discovery Education

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Espresso Education was acquired by Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, in November 2013.

From humble beginnings back in 1997, Espresso Education became the leading digital curriculum provider in the UK. Our Espresso Primary service (now Discovery Education Espresso) has been recognised as transforming the world of learning through its blend of visual media and interactive resources and setting the standard in the world of e-learning.

Today, Discovery Education is proud to be trusted by over 9,000 schools in delivering high-quality video-rich resources, and to have earned numerous awards along the way.

Though the company may have changed in name, size and expanded in new products and countries, our original vision is as true today as it ever was.

Our mission: To transform education by encouraging the true integration of technology into classroom instruction through the use of powerful and compelling digital content.

We are committed to:

  • Enhancing the way teachers teach and pupils learn
  • Providing schools with the highest quality video-rich educational resources
  • Adding meaning and relevance to the curriculum
  • Helping teachers and pupils achieve their highest potential as individuals

Espresso Coding

Espresso Coding is a brand new service from Discovery Education that teaches Year 1 - 6 pupils to code and make their own apps to share with their friends and parents. This powerful yet simple tool includes a Scheme of Work that allows schools to easily deliver this new area of the 2014 Computing curriculum.

About us: Company history

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  • Feb 1997: Espresso Broadband, Ltd. was formed by former Editor of Blue Peter, Lewis Bronze, and technology strategist Tony Bowden. The initial concept was to find a way of delivering video news to the classroom - news that would be regularly updated and add meaning and relevance to the curriculum taught in schools.
  • Aug 1998: the European Space Agency (ESA) funds Espresso to bring its innovative concept to market, as part of a satellite project.
  • Jan 2000: following successful trials, Espresso launches as a commercial service at BETT.
  • Mar 2002: Richard McGrath joins as Managing Director, with responsibility for establishing a strong position for Espresso in a rapidly developing education market.
  • Jul 2002: signs a distribution agreement with the London Grid for Learning.
  • Jun 2003: schools updating via broadband technology overtake schools updating by satellite.
  • Dec 2004: joins forces with CLEO to deliver our primary service to 850 schools in Cumbria and Lancashire.
  • Jan 2005: Independent Television News (ITN) makes a strategic investment in Espresso.
  • Mar 2006: acquires Netmedia Education, a market leader in the provision of learning platforms and educational portals.
  • Mar 2007: acquires Channel 4 Learning to become the definitive place for video-based learning for schools.
  • Nov 2007: announce a Swedish version of Espresso in partnership with Liber (Infinitas).
  • Nov 2007: launches Channel 4 Learning Clipbank, a cross-curricular digital library for secondary schools.
  • Jun 2008: launches Education Clip Library, selling clips to non-UK education publishers, large school districts and web-based education service providers.
  • May 2009: sells Netmedia Education to itslearning.
  • Feb 2010: launches Home Access for Espresso Primary and Clipbank, to extend learning opportunities beyond the classroom.
  • Mar 2010: Lewis Bronze is recognised with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Education Resource Awards.
  • Apr 2010: makes the move from Riverside Studios offices to brand new larger office space at Hythe House.
  • Nov 2010: introduces new online delivery solution for Espresso Primary and Clipbank services.
  • Apr 2011: launches Espresso Elementary in the United States.
  • Mar 2011: teams up with Franklin Watts to publish three new series of Espresso books featuring the Espresso characters.
  • May 2012: introduces new look modern homepage design for Espresso Primary service.
  • July 2012: adds final phonics module to the Espresso Primary service to complete the Phonics resource collection.
  • Jan 2013: Ben Stringer became Espresso's Managing Director, having been Chief Financial Officer for the previous 4 years, with responsibility for helping the company become the market leader in both secondary and primary across the UK.  
  • June 2013: Lewis Bronze, CEO and Founder of Espresso Education receives MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours list.
  • Sept 2013: launches preview of the Espresso Coding service to support teaching of the new Computing curriculum.
  • Nov 2013: Espresso was acquired by Discovery Education, a global leading company for the provision of curriculum-based digital content to classrooms.
  • Jan 2014: Espresso is awarded 'ICT Company of the Year - over 10m turnover' at the Bett Awards 2014.
  • Jan 2014: Lewis Bronze MBE, Director of Content and Founder of Espresso Education receives 'Outstanding Achievement in IT Education' award at Bett Awards 2014.
  • Sept 2014: Espresso Education becomes Discovery Education.

About us: Working for us

There are many talented people working for Discovery Education. Developing Discovery Education Espresso and providing the additional support around it requires many different people with diverse skills sets. These range from technical support, to video editing and java developers, to teacher training and sales.

We are all passionate about who we work for and what we do. We work together, play together and celebrate achievements together.

If you are passionate about making a positive contribution to education, then a career with Discovery Education could be for you.

If you would like to apply for a job at Discovery Education, please follow the instructions listed at the bottom of each job description.

We currently have the following vacancies available:

  • Inside Sales Executive

    We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Inside Sales Executive who is required to meet and exceed company goals, using a consultative sales approach, selling our award winning professional development services, and educational products on a subscription basis into schools within the UK, and International markets.
    Read more: Inside Sales Executive
  • Field Marketing Manager

    Discovery Education is seeking a dynamic marketer to take on an exciting new role within our UK marketing team. The Field Marketing Manager is a key position within the marketing team and is responsible for helping to drive our School Partnerships Team revenue, working closely with the Marketing Director and Head of School Partnerships. The post-holder will report to the Marketing Director, and is a full-time role based in the Company’s offices in Hammersmith.
    Read more: Field Marketing Manager
  • Graphic Designer & Video Editor

    The Graphic Designer & Video Editor plays a key role in the Espresso Marketing team. The Graphic Designer & Video Editor supports the marketing team’s efforts on a range of projects, including promotional design and product launch, video-case studies, programme graphics, product campaigns and rebrands. The position will also play a key part in creating partnership pitches, print materials and presentations. The post-holder reports to the Marketing Director. This is a full-time role based in the Company’s offices in Hammersmith.
    Read more: Graphic Designer & Video Editor
  • Network Engineer (IT Infrastructure Engineer)

    Espresso Education, a part of Discovery Education the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development, is searching for a IT Infrastructure Engineer. The IT Infrastructure team manages and supports a UK network of product systems which make sure our educational digital media resources are available 24 hours a day in over 10,000 UK schools as well as international schools.
    Read more: Network Engineer (IT Infrastructure Engineer)
  • Curriculum Consultants (Secondary KS3/4)

    We are looking for advisors for our cross-curricular Channel 4 Learning Clipbank service. We are looking for specialists in all subject areas, particularly science and English to work with our Editorial team on a series of projects.
    Read more: Curriculum Consultants (Secondary KS3/4)
  • Clipbank subject consultants – Freelance positions

    Are you a qualified secondary school teacher interested in becoming a subject consultant for Clipbank on an ad-hoc basis? If so, please read on...
    Read more: Clipbank subject consultants – Freelance positions

Visa Requirements

Please note that Espresso will only consider applications from those who already have the right to live and work in the UK. In order for Espresso to apply successfully for a work permit, we need to show that there are no suitable candidates who are normally resident in the UK or who are nationals of the European Economic Area (EU States plus Norway and Iceland). We apologise for any disappointment this may cause and thank you for your interest.

No Agencies please.

If you wish to get in touch with Human Resources, please note that the department does not accept phone calls. Instead, please direct your query to hr@espresso.co.uk

If you are interested in applying for a role please refer to the bottom of each job description for how to apply.

About us: Work experience

Discovery Education is committed to providing quality work experience for a number of young people each year. We encourage participants to work in all our departments to give them an insight into the world of professional working environment, and to provide them with career guidance.

Experience varies enormously from creating web pages and multimedia content, to observing how we write and produce voiceovers, to routine tasks like sorting and distributing direct mail campaigns. The scope for learning is considerable and depends on the individual.

Discovery Education has a very friendly and open culture and this is confirmed by the feedback of previous work experience candidates:

  • Harry Stern - Sept 2013

    "Overall, my time at Espresso was quite enjoyable. I found it very interesting to experience for myself time in the workplace, and it was extremely helpful that each task was explained to me in depth, so that I could see why it was necessary and how it was helping the team."
    Read more: Harry Stern - Sept 2013
  • Jessica Craven, August 2011

    "My week at Espresso was interesting and fun. I learned a lot form my week at the company, everyone was really friendly and willing to give up their time to help me."
    Read more: Jessica Craven, August 2011
  • William Bronze, July 2011

    "Thank you for an amazing two weeks at Espresso."
    Read more: William Bronze, July 2011
  • Alex Morrisey, May 2011

    "I worked at Espresso Education for three weeks and was given the roll of 'roaming blogger' for the Espresso blog spot on the website."
    Read more: Alex Morrisey, May 2011
  • Joseph Mercer-Holland, August 2010

    "I started work in the Edit Suite, using Final Cut Pro too edit a package shot in Chicago. It was about how a piece of sculpture became a main summer attraction in the city."
    Read more: Joseph Mercer-Holland, August 2010
  • Adam Salisbury, June 2010

    "I was fortunate enough to speak to specialists in each department, giving me a huge insight on the diversity of the company. I would recommend Espresso Education for anyone who is looking for an interesting, valuable and challenging Work Experience."
    Read more: Adam Salisbury, June 2010
  • Milan Patel, July 2013

    "I was at Espresso for two weeks, I absolutely enjoyed every second of it".
    Read more: Milan Patel, July 2013
  • David Pilley, June 2013

    "My week at Espresso has been enjoyable, interesting and a brilliant working experience. During the week I have spent time with the Finance, Sales and Operations departments and all of them have given me an insight to a working experience in a large company such as Espresso. In each department I have been given important tasks to complete which displays how Espresso are keen to involve you in the company and give you a sense of responsibility which I thoroughly enjoyed."
    Read more: David Pilley, June 2013