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PSO Pearson

Filed: 2 Feb 21, 11:07am
 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
FORM 6-K
 
 
REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16 UNDER
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
 
For the month of February 2021
 
 
PEARSON plc
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
N/A
 
(Translation of registrant's name into English)
 
80 Strand
London, England WC2R 0RL
44-20-7010-2000
(Address of principal executive office)
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant files or will file annual reports
under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:
 
 
 
Form 20-F X                                                Form 40-F
 
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant by furnishing the information
contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the
Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
 
 
Yes                                              No X
 
 
TR-1: Standard form for notification of major holdings
 
NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR HOLDINGS (to be sent to the relevant issuer and to the FCA in Microsoft Word format if possible)i
 
1a. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing shares to which voting rights are attachedii:
Pearson PLC
1b. Please indicate if the issuer is a non-UK issuer  (please mark with an "X" if appropriate)
Non-UK issuer 
2. Reason for the notification (please mark the appropriate box or boxes with an "X")
An acquisition or disposal of voting rightsX
An acquisition or disposal of financial instruments 
An event changing the breakdown of voting rights 
Other (please specify)iii:
 
3. Details of person subject to the notification obligationiv
NameBlackRock, Inc.
City and country of registered office (if applicable)Wilmington, DE, USA
4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3.)v
Name 
City and country of registered office (if applicable) 
5. Date on which the threshold was crossed or reachedvi:
01/02/2021
6. Date on which issuer notified (DD/MM/YYYY):
02/02/2021
7. Total positions of person(s) subject to the notification obligation
 % of voting rights attached to shares (total of 8. A)% of voting rights through financial instruments(total of 8.B 1 + 8.B 2)Total of both in % (8.A + 8.B)
Total number of voting rights of issuervii
Resulting situation on the date on which threshold was crossed or reached4.96%1.78%6.74%753,688,419
Position of previous notification (if
applicable)
5.37%1.37%6.75% 
 
8. Notified details of the resulting situation on the date on which the threshold was crossed or reachedviii
A: Voting rights attached to shares
Class/type ofshares
ISIN code (if possible)
Number of voting rightsix
% of voting rights
Direct
((DTR5.1)
Indirect
(DTR5.2.1)
Direct
(DTR5.1)
Indirect
(DTR5.2.1)
GB0006776081 37,418,705 4.96%
     
     
SUBTOTAL 8. A37,418,7054.96%
 
B 1: Financial Instruments according to DTR5.3.1R (1) (a)
Type of financial instrument
Expirationdatex
Exercise/Conversion Periodxi
Number of voting rights that may be acquired if the instrument is
exercised/converted.
% of voting rights
Securities Lending  13,116,1961.74%
American Depository Receipt  1410.00%
     
  SUBTOTAL 8. B 113,116,3371.74%
 
B 2: Financial Instruments with similar economic effect according to DTR5.3.1R (1) (b)
Type of financial instrument
Expirationdatex
Exercise/Conversion Period xi
Physical or cash
settlementxii
Number of voting rights% of voting rights
CFD  Cash335,8850.04%
      
      
   SUBTOTAL 8.B.2335,8850.04%
 
 
9. Information in relation to the person subject to the notification obligation (please mark the applicable box with an "X")
Person subject to the notification obligation is not controlled by any natural person or legal entity and does not control any other undertaking(s) holding directly or indirectly an interest in the (underlying) issuerxiii
 
Full chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or thefinancial instruments are effectively held starting with the ultimate controlling natural person or legal entityxiv (please add additional rows as necessary)
X
Namexv
% of voting rights if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold% of voting rights through financial instruments if it equals or is higher than the notifiable thresholdTotal of both if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold
See Attachment   
 
10. In case of proxy voting, please identify:
Name of the proxy holder 
The number and % of voting rights held 
The date until which the voting rights will be held 
 
11. Additional informationxvi
 
BlackRock Regulatory Threshold Reporting Team Jana Blumenstein
020 7743 3650
 
 
Place of completion12 Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2DL, U.K.
Date of completion2 February, 2021
 
 
Natalie White
Deputy Company Secretary
Pearson plc
2nd February 2021
 
 
 
 
Section 9 Attachment
 
Namexv
% of voting rights if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold% of voting rights through financial instruments if it equals or is higher than the notifiable thresholdTotal of both if it equals or is higher than the notifiable threshold
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock International Holdings, Inc.   
BR Jersey International Holdings L.P.   
BlackRock Holdco 3, LLC   
BlackRock Cayman 1 LP   
BlackRock Cayman West Bay Finco Limited   
BlackRock Cayman West Bay IV Limited   
BlackRock Group Limited   
BlackRock Finance Europe Limited   
BlackRock Advisors (UK) Limited   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 4, LLC   
BlackRock Holdco 6, LLC   
BlackRock Delaware Holdings Inc.   
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, National Association   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 4, LLC   
BlackRock Holdco 6, LLC   
BlackRock Delaware Holdings Inc.   
BlackRock Fund Advisors   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock International Holdings, Inc.   
BR Jersey International Holdings L.P.   
BlackRock Holdco 3, LLC   
BlackRock Cayman 1 LP   
BlackRock Cayman West Bay Finco Limited   
BlackRock Cayman West Bay IV Limited   
BlackRock Group Limited   
BlackRock Finance Europe Limited   
BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock International Holdings, Inc.   
BR Jersey International Holdings L.P.   
BlackRock (Singapore) Holdco Pte. Ltd.   
BlackRock HK Holdco Limited   
BlackRock Asset Management North Asia Limited   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
Trident Merger, LLC   
BlackRock Investment Management, LLC   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock International Holdings, Inc.   
BR Jersey International Holdings L.P.   
BlackRock Australia Holdco Pty. Ltd.   
BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock International Holdings, Inc.   
BR Jersey International Holdings L.P.   
BlackRock Holdco 3, LLC   
BlackRock Canada Holdings LP   
BlackRock Canada Holdings ULC   
BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock International Holdings, Inc.   
BR Jersey International Holdings L.P.   
BlackRock Holdco 3, LLC   
BlackRock Cayman 1 LP   
BlackRock Cayman West Bay Finco Limited   
BlackRock Cayman West Bay IV Limited   
BlackRock Group Limited   
BlackRock Finance Europe Limited   
BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V.   
BlackRock Asset Management Deutschland AG   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock International Holdings, Inc.   
BR Jersey International Holdings L.P.   
BlackRock Holdco 3, LLC   
BlackRock Cayman 1 LP   
BlackRock Cayman West Bay Finco Limited   
BlackRock Cayman West Bay IV Limited   
BlackRock Group Limited   
BlackRock Finance Europe Limited   
BlackRock (Netherlands) B.V.   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock International Holdings, Inc.   
BR Jersey International Holdings L.P.   
BlackRock Holdco 3, LLC   
BlackRock Cayman 1 LP   
BlackRock Cayman West Bay Finco Limited   
BlackRock Cayman West Bay IV Limited   
BlackRock Group Limited   
BlackRock International Limited   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock International Holdings, Inc.   
BR Jersey International Holdings L.P.   
BlackRock (Singapore) Holdco Pte. Ltd.   
BlackRock HK Holdco Limited   
BlackRock Lux Finco S.a.r.l.   
BlackRock Japan Holdings GK   
BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd.   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock International Holdings, Inc.   
BR Jersey International Holdings L.P.   
BlackRock (Singapore) Holdco Pte. Ltd.   
BlackRock (Singapore) Limited   
    
BlackRock, Inc.   
BlackRock Holdco 2, Inc.   
BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.   
BlackRock Capital Holdings, Inc.   
BlackRock Advisors LLC   
    
 
 
 
SIGNATURE
 
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 PEARSON plc
  
Date: 02 February 2021
 
 By: /s/ NATALIE WHITE
  
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 Natalie White
 Deputy Company Secretary