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Learning Possibilities announced today that it has secured £3.9 million (UKP) in capital and debt for its Series A financing round, in order to accelerate growth and increase the adoption of its cloud solutions for the education market. The financing represents a significant investment in learning platforms and reinforces our confidence in the sector, both in the UK and globally. The round was led by Niveda Group and Impact Ventures UK with a number of other investors and debt providers.

Learning Possibilities intends to use the additional financing to further drive market adoption, expand its global reach, accelerate product development and innovation, invest in additional sales, marketing and customer service resources, and evaluate strategic opportunities.

“Learning Possibilities’ goal is to empower teachers and students to achieve greater performance through enabling both social, educational and technical skills – to help them connect, inform, and succeed like never before,” says Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities. “This capital gives us additional resources to expand quickly and strategically into new markets, innovate rapidly, and deliver on our vision around the world”.

“LP’s potential to drive improvement in educational outcomes and create sustained social impact, along with the scalability of its business model and the experience of its management team, made this a compelling investment opportunity for us,” says Shantanu Bhagwat, Venture Partner at Impact Ventures UK. “We are excited by the company’s product offerings, including LP+365 and their promise to create an engaging, collaborative and intuitive learning environment for students and teachers.”

“It is very rare to find a technology solution that requires little, training or technical support” says Vishaal Shah, Chief Investment Officer of Niveda Group. “The simplicity of LP+365, which has transformed the traditional Office 365 software suite into an intuitive application, gives us great confidence that it will continue to be used widely, making education, knowledge and information easily accessible by all communities regardless of literacy levels”.

About Learning Possibilities
Learning Possibilities are an award winning, Gold Certified Microsoft Partner implementing e-learning solutions, with expertise in cloud computing for education and government customers. The Learning Possibilities’ LP+ platform built on Microsoft technologies is currently used by over 1 million users across the UK. In 2015 the company’s contract to supply the Hwb+ National learning platform (based on the award-winning LP+4 learning platform) to the Welsh Government was extended to 2018. An independent research done by Lancaster University in 2009 shows that the LP+ learning platform drives educational outcomes. Learning Possibilities has also published the LP+ Adopt e-maturity framework for schools, selected by Becta (UK Department of Education) as the National Learning Platform Adoption Model for England. For more information visit: Learning Possibilities Website


About Niveda Group

Niveda Group is a global multi-family office, looking after the interests of 40 families globally. The group has investment interests in Real Estate, Hospitality, Finance, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Energy & Infrastructure across North America, Western Europe, South Asia & East Africa. Niveda’s model is to identify and work with best-in-class visionary partners who are driving change in their industries. In-house expertise and experience provides them with practical, hands-on knowledge to foster long-term success. For more information on Niveda and all of its investments, visit: Niveda Group Website

About Impact Ventures UK (IVUK)
IVUK was launched by LGT Venture Philanthropy (now LGT Impact Ventures) in association with Berenberg with a cornerstone investment from Big Society Capital, the financial institution with a social mission. IVUK’s diverse investor base includes UK and European institutional investors, asset owners and private clients, reflecting the appeal of the fund across different sources of capital. It is one of the first social impact funds to attract investment from a UK local authority pension fund. IVUK invests in enterprises that create strong, positive social impact for disadvantaged people and communities in the UK as well as generating a financial return. Impact Ventures UK Website

For more information contact Bansri Mehta | +44 (0) 20 8236 1018 | bansri.mehta@lpplus.com

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Learning Possibilities, UK’s leading cloud based learning platform provider, are delighted to announce that its Board has today approved a company-wide share option scheme for staff. The scheme is open to all Directors and staff with 2 years of service.

Stephen Heppell, Chairman, commented:

“I am delighted we have granted our first share options to staff and that 80% of the Company is eligible. We want them to be part of our ownership structure and share in our success.”

Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities, said,

“It has long been a dream of mine to extend ownership of the business to staff here. I am delighted that we have managed to get a tax-efficient scheme in place.”

Find out more about Learning Possibilities on our website

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Learning Possibilities, the provider of the award winning LP+ Learning Management System (LMS), will be showcasing LP+365, its new LMS on the Microsoft Office 365 and Azure cloud, at Bett Middle East, this year.

The new platform developed in partnership with Microsoft, transforms Office 365 by organising it into class and/or subject sites with easy access to numerous collaboration tools. The ‘virtual school’ has been built on Microsoft Azure and uses the best of the LP+ and Microsoft Office features, delivering a simple and intuitive learning platform, that can be accessed and used globally within minutes.

Stephen Heppell, education expert and Chairman of Learning Possibilities, noted:

“LP+365 offers schools collaboration opportunities and builds digital skills in learners preparing them for employment and the marketplace in the future.”

Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities commented:

“The LP+365 LMS for Office 365 is built on our award winning technology. Our global partnership with Microsoft means that schools in Middle East will be able to use LP+365 with Office 365 to drive education outcomes.”

LP+365’s educationally relevant tools and inbuilt professional development features are developed in line with LP+ADOPT – a published national framework for the adoption of learning platforms.

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading cloud based learning platform provider, today announces the launch of the full LP+365 LMS App at Bett UK 2016, one of the largest education technology shows of the year.

This follows the release of the preview app in December and the signing of a Global Alliance between Learning Possibilities and Microsoft. LP+365 transforms Office 365 to a school LMS by organising it into class and/or subject sites with easy access to numerous collaboration tools including assignments functionality. The ‘virtual school’ has been built on Microsoft Azure and uses the best of the LP+ and Microsoft Office features, delivering a simple and intuitive learning platform, that can be accessed and used globally within minutes.

Stephen Heppell, education expert and Chairman of Learning Possibilities, noted:

“LP+365 offers schools collaboration opportunities and builds digital skills in learners preparing them for employment and the marketplace in the future.”

Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities commented:

“Our Global Alliance with Microsoft will make LP+365 available to schools worldwide and help them realize their investment in Office 365.”

Learning Possibilities will be demonstrating LP+365 on stand C300 in the Microsoft Village during the Bett Show, London in January, 2016. Click here to download the App from the Microsoft Office store.

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading cloud based learning platform provider, and Microsoft today announce a global alliance that will benefit schools and transform the way schools use Office 365, through the launch of the new LP+365 App.

The App, which runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud, transforms Office 365 into a school LMS, and presents the learner with a virtual school. The alliance adds to the successful partnership both companies have had since 2003 when Learning Possibilities developed the first cloud based Microsoft SharePoint learning platform.

LP+365 captures the essence of the LP+ platform and adoption pedagogies to bring a teaching and learning focused approach to Office 365 which will significantly increase global adoption of Microsoft Office 365 in education.

Larry Nelson, Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner Strategy Lead, said that:

“The alliance of Microsoft and Learning Possibilities adds to our investment in the Office 365 for education which is offered free to schools. Learning Possibilities brings educational relevance to Office 365 through their expertise in learning platforms and technology adoption, carrying focus on learner engagement and driving digital competency.”

Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities commented:

“I am delighted that together Microsoft and Learning Possibilities are aligning their investment in education to enhance learning in schools. Driving digital competencies in education is critical at this time and I believe this alliance will contribute greatly to this goal.”

Learning Possibilities will be in the Microsoft Village at Bett UK in January, 2016, showcasing their new LMS, LP+365. The preview App of LP+365 is available now from our website here.

LP+365 Launch Event Overview

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Learning Possibilities were delighted to Launch their new learning platform built on Microsoft Office 365 and Azure and the Microsoft headquarters in Reading, UK on 1st December 2015. The launch was a proud moment for all at Learning Possibilities, and was complemented by speakers like Professor Stephen Heppell and Steve Beswick (Director Education, Microsoft) who leads the Microsoft Education Partners in the UK. Watch our video overview of the launch event, and feel the excitement of the day.

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading cloud based learning platform provider, are delighted to announce that they have won the Education Investor Award for Technological Infrastructure for the second year running.

The prestigious Education Investor Awards have been running for several years to date, and set out each year to recognise innovation and achievement in the education technology sector.

A panel of high profile, independent judges from across the education sector selected Learning Possibilities from the eight organisations shortlisted under the Suppliers category, to be presented with the Education Investor Award for Technological Infrastructure.

Stephen Heppell, Executive Chairman at Learning Possibilities Ltd., who was recently awarded a NAACE Award for Lifetime Achievement in educational technology said:

“We’ve been awarded the Technological Infrastructure Education Investor Award 2015, and I’m pretty chuffed about that. To be recognised with such a prominent award is really exciting! We invest in education by supporting better learning and it’s great to have that acknowledged.”

Learning Possibilities are the suppliers of LP+4, a learning management system built on Microsoft Technology, hosted at a Tier4 data centre in the UK providing a secure engaging digital learning environment to over 1.6 million users globally.

The Award recognises the Company’s project in Wales called Hwb, where over 500,000 teachers and learners use the company’s platform. Winning the award closely follows the announcement of the three year renewal of Hwb+, the all Wales learning platform built on LP+4.

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading cloud based learning platform provider, will be launching LP+365, its new learning platform on the Microsoft Office 365 and Azure cloud, at Bett Asia in Singapore, this year.

The new platform developed in partnership with Microsoft, transforms Office 365 to a contemporary and easy to use Learning Management System (LMS) for any school around the world. LP+365’s educationally relevant tools and inbuilt professional development features are developed in line with Learning Possibilities’ award winning ADOPT framework.

Rani Burchmore, Microsoft Education Partner Director, Asia Pacific commented that:

“I am delighted that Learning Possibilities will be partnering with Microsoft at Bett Asia with their expertise in LMS and adoption. I am very excited about launching their new Office 365 LMS in Singapore, enabling schools in APAC to now maximize their investment in Office 365.”

Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities said:

“Office 365 gives Learning Possibilities a global cloud solution for our platform. Our experience in delivering effective learning platforms to schools, will transform Office 365 to a school LMS.”

Also launching at Bett Asia is LP+365 Mobile which will enable students and teachers to access Office 365 offline, allowing learning anytime, anywhere with or without internet connectivity. Learning Possibilities will be sponsoring the Gala Reception for Bett Asia on 16th November in Singapore, and exhibiting at the Bett Asia Summit on 17th and 18th November, on Booth 22, at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore. LP+365 will be their showcase product at the event.

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Learning Possibilities, the provider of Hwb+, the all-Wales Learning Platform, and UK’s leading cloud-based learning platform provider to schools, today announced that its contract to provide Hwb+ to Welsh schools has been extended to August 2018.

Learning Possibilities continues its commitment to deliver ‘a world-class’ bilingual platform playing its part in the ‘Learning in Digital Wales’ programme. With all schools in Wales having seamless access to Office 365 and single sign-on to 3rd party content through Hwb+, the transformation of teaching and learning practices in Wales is well underway. The adoption of the platform is confirmed with a number of Hwb+ accredited trainers, 18 Hwb+ centres of excellence and several seconded teachers as digital leaders, across Wales.

On the extension Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis said:


“I have made a clear statement about the importance of digital skills for Welsh learners by announcing that digital competence will become the third cross-cutting responsibility for all teachers in our new Curriculum for Wales. This places digital competence on an equal footing with literacy and numeracy and underlines the importance of our ongoing investment in digital learning tools such as the Hwb+ platform, to give all teachers and learners the same opportunities to build their digital skills.”

Stephen Heppell, Learning Possibilities’ Chairman also commented:


“We are excited to continue being a major part of this important national project and look forward to supporting the transformation of education in Wales and the implementation of the Donaldson report. I am proud to see schools in Wales using the Hwb+ technology to drive the adoption of digital skills.”

The extension of the Hwb+ contract continues to be an integral part of the strategy to transform Wales into a truly digital nation.

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Learning Possibilities™, the provider of Hwb+, the all Wales National Learning platform, and UK’s leading cloud-based learning platform provider to schools, today announced that it has been awarded the ISO 27001:2013 certificate for Information Security Management Systems. The award is the only internationally recognized and most prestigious certification for Information Security Management, a company can have.

The certification was awarded after 18 months of rigorous work updating processes and systems to meet the requirements of this internationally recognized best practice framework. The ISO 27001:2013 is a management system that helps Learning Possibilities identify the risks to any important information and put in place the appropriate controls to help reduce the risk. It is a key component for data security and management, and covers the company’s management system, premises and data centre.

Tony Sheppard, Project Manager & Information Security Manager for Learning Possibilities said:

“Learning Possibilities has proved it has the requisite information security controls in place to protect sensitive client data. This achievement combined with our LP+4 SharePoint learning platform, has made us a leading education provider. Our platform was selected by the Welsh Government to run the bilingual national learning platform for Wales – Hwb+, and in 2015 were selected to be on the G-Cloud Framework, a true testament of the confidence our customers have in our security controls and our ability to follow internationally-recognized security standards.”

The ISO 27001:2013 adds to the quality management certification that the company has held since its incorporation in 2005, including the ISO 9001:2008 certification; and is testament to the company’s commitment to quality, data security and efficiency in Information Security Management.

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About Learning Possibilities

Learning Possibilities are the suppliers of LP+4, a learning platform used worldwide. The company has a long history of building and implementing e-learning solutions across a range of countries and cultures, and have developed a wealth of experience and expertise in cloud computing for education and government customers. The Learning Possibilities platform built on Microsoft technologies is currently used by over 1 million users across the UK.

In 2014 Learning Possibilities won the Education Investor Award for Technological Infrastructure. In 2012, Learning Possibilities won the national contract to provide the LP+4 learning platform to all schools in Wales.

In 2010 the LP+ platform won the prestigious BETT ICT Education Partnership Award. Learning Possibilities is also the publisher of the LP+ Adopt e-maturity framework for schools, selected by Becta (UK Department of Education) as the National Learning Platform Adoption Model for England.

For more information contact Bansri Mehta | +44 (0) 20 8236 1018 | bansri.mehta@lpplus.com