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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

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s largest cloud based learning platform provider, will provide its award-winning learning platform to all schools in the Tauheedul Education Trust – one of Britain’s leading academy groups.

Tauheedul Education Trust runs a growing network of primary and secondary schools in the North West, West Midlands and East London. Educational excellence and social mobility are at its heart. The Trust supports both Muslim faith-based and non-denominational schools. Working particularly in areas of deprivation, the Trust has many years of experience of helping children and young people – Muslims and non-Muslims – to raise their aspirations and achieve outstanding results.

Learning Possibilities will be developing and delivering an umbrella site with content and analytics for administration and collaboration purposes across all schools within the Trust, in addition to a bespoke managed learning environment, for the individual schools.

Mufti Hamid Patel, CEO of the Trust, said

“The LP+ learning platform will be an important internal communication vehicle, strengthening ties within and between schools and with the Trust. The bespoke solution will become a dynamic teaching and learning tool for students, staff, parents and governors to aid learning, increasing engagement and celebrating innovation.”

Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities, made this announcement:

“We are delighted to be working with the Tauheedul Education Trust. We look forward to a long partnership and working closely with the Trust to meet their digital learning needs.”

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading cloud based learning platform provider, today announces that it has been awarded by the Crown Commercial Service, an executive agency of the Cabinet Office (UK), to deliver key components of the G-Cloud6 programme, the latest iteration of the G-Cloud framework.

This now means that Learning Possibilities has standardised Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings available on the Digital Marketplace.

The difference between G-Cloud and other frameworks is that organisations pay for services as they use them, rather than being tied to inflexible, long-term contracts. G-Cloud allows the public sector to buy cloud-based digital services off the shelf, avoiding lock-in to expensive contracts with single suppliers, and encouraging cost-effective, innovative solutions.

Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities Ltd commented:

”Being awarded a place on G-Cloud 6 is a reflection of Learning Possibilities’ proven track record and on-going work in supporting Public Sector organisations. As a long standing supplier to Government and a leader in delivering Cloud based services, we understand the need for greater cost efficiencies, as well as transparency and agility in the procurement process.”

Learning Possibilities was assessed on its products, security and support services through an OJEU tendering process. The G-Cloud Framework Agreement will allow Learning Possibilities to supply a wide range of specialist cloud services across the whole of the UK public sector through the G-Cloud programme. This award places Learning Possibilities on the Digital Marketplace as suppliers to the G-Cloud Framework and provides the vehicle through which Learning Possibilities can play a major role in supporting the UK Government’s drive to transform public sector IT and delivery of modern, efficient and effective services to the citizen.

With Learning Possibilities’ experience in delivering some of the public sector’s most successful and innovative projects aswell as bringing our current economies of scale, the company is well positioned to collaborate and provide resilient Cloud services to help shape the future of services together with the Government.

All of Learning Possibilities’ services were made available on the Digital Marketplace on 2 February and are part of the sixth iteration of the G-Cloud framework.

Education Investor 2014 Awards Winner

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading learning platform provider, wins the prestigious Education Investor Award for Technical Infrastructure 2014.

The winners were announced at an awards evening held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. A celebration of the innovation and excellence among businesses involved in the education sector.

More than 700 guests attended this year’s ceremony, where awards were presented in 27 categories, with the shortlist judged by a panel of 17 experts drawn from across the education sector.

The LP+ learning platform is built on Microsoft technology and is hosted at a Tier4 data centre in the UK, providing a secure, engaging learning platform to over 1.6 million users globally.

On winning the award, Mehool Sanghrajka said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have won the Education Investor Award for Technical Infrastructure! We have had a brilliant year at Learning Possibilities, and it’s great to be recognised with such a prestigious award. But the work doesn’t stop here. We have so many exciting things coming up, It’s going to be another great year!”

Winning the award comes as another high point for Learning Possibilities, a company that has enjoyed huge success this year, with strong growth. Due to its strong reputation and credibility in the UK, the company recently secured a multi-million pound deal with the Welsh Government to deliver LP+4 to all 1700 state schools.

The LP+4 learning platform was launched in 2012 at Microsoft Head Quarters in Reading. Through the use of innovative interfaces and role based access, schools have access to intranets, email, websites, parent and governor sites, and class and subject sites where collaboration, assessment and project work can take place. In essence a solution for collaboration, communication and curriculum with a designed pathway for forward evolution. This year at BETT, Learning Possibilities will be celebrating ten years of hosting the LP+4 learning platform.

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s largest cloud-based e-learning platform, today announces that it is a Finalist for the Microsoft Education Partner of the Year Award. The annual awards attracted more than 3,200 entries from around the world.

Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft said:

“These prestigious award winners and finalists represent the best technology professionals our partner ecosystem has to offer,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft. “The 2014 Partner of the Year Award winners and finalists honor our top partners that solve complex business challenges by providing innovative solutions to our mutual customers.”

“I am delighted that our work has been recognised in these awards and I look forward to receiving the award on behalf of everyone here at Learning Possibilities. A global award and recognition amongst our peers is important at a number of levels, and we look forward to developing our business together with Microsoft,”

Said Mehool Sanghrajka, Chief Executive at Learning Possibilities.

Award winners and finalists will be recognized at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, taking place July 13–17, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

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Learning Possibilities, the provider of the leading LP+ learning platform, and Wolverhampton City Council have strengthened their partnership that has been at the forefront of e-learning pedagogy since 2005. This award winning partnership produced LP+ ADOPT, the national framework for e-maturity in learning platforms and is winner of the 2010 BETT Educational Partnership Award.

The partnership has been enriched, by providing additional training and support, equivalent to three days, to all schools in Wolverhampton on the LP+ learning platform. The training will focus on teaching and learning using the LP+ platform and trainers will help with school improvement using the LP+ ADOPT maturity model.

Gavin Hawkins from Wolverhampton City Council said that:

“Through our ongoing partnership, the additional support provided will focus on embedding the LP+ learning platform into teaching and learning as the learning platform has become an essential resource in many schools.”

Learning Possibilities CEO Mehool Sanghrajka commented:

“I am delighted to build on this very successful partnership. This new collaboration will ensure schools get maximum benefit from their investment in the LP+ learning platform.”

Gold Partnership with Microsoft

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Learning Possibilities, the leading learning platform provider on Microsoft technology, are delighted to announce the renewal of our Gold Partnership with Microsoft.

Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities’ said:

“This is a very significant achievement for the company and am immensely proud to renew our Gold Partner status. It empowers our commitment to developing our profile and leading a strong technical team.”

Learning Possibilities provides the LP+4 platform based on the Microsoft Learning Gateway Framework, built on over 16 Microsoft technologies including SharePoint 2010 and Exchange. The company has been recognised for its commitment to helping schools achieve their goals and long term visions through their learning platform.

Learning Possibilities wins Wales contract

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading provider of learning platforms for schools, is delighted to announce that it has been selected by the Welsh Government through a competitive process to support its vision of creating the world’s best online environment for learning.

The platform will support national actions including encouraging, supporting and preparing teachers to operate in a digital environment and to share their digital practice. The platform will eventually support up to one million users and will host a national collection of digital resources to support teaching and learning for learners aged 3 to 19 in Wales which will be known as the National Digital Repository.

With Office365, LP+4 delivers a whole new suite of online tools where students and teachers are able to create, upload, edit and share Office documents and access emails and instant message online from any device with a browser and internet access – even if schools do not have Microsoft Office installed on their computers.

Mehool Sanghrajka, Learning Possibilities’ Chief Executive commented:


“We are thrilled that we have been selected for this important national project. Our experience in building cloud based learning platform and our work on the ADOPT framework and related pedagogy will be critical in driving this project. I look forward to a long partnership with the Department and schools in Wales.”

Learning Possibilities will work closely with users, schools, local authorities and regional educational consortia to deliver secure collaboration between staff and students through a bi-lingual, personalised interface. The platform will also include open public access to resources. The solution will be based on the recently released LP+4 platform integrated with Office 365, which was showcased at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July 2012.

Commenting on one of the largest Office 365 education projects, Steve Beswick, Microsoft UK Education Director, added:


“I am delighted that the Microsoft and Learning Possibilities partnership continues to show tremendous results with another national learning platform win. LP+4 was one of the first learning platforms to fully integrate into Office 365, offering great value, tools and resources to any school regardless of size.”

Learning Possibilities launched the LP+4 learning platform in November 2011 and this is the second national project to be announced, following a win in the Middle East earlier this year.

LP+4 integration with Office365

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The LP+4 learning platform now offers full integration and single sign-on with Microsoft Office365. This means that LP+4 users can have access to Outlook Live, Lync and Office Web Applications from within the LP+4 learning platform and without need to login again.

Together with Office365, LP+4 delivers a whole new suite of online tools to improve collaboration and productivity where students and teachers are able to create, upload, edit and share Office documents and access emails, instant message and access calendars online from any device with a browser and internet access – even if schools do not have Microsoft Office installed on their computers.

Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities said

“LP+ has always been in the cloud and we have always recognised the collaboration, cost and efficiency benefits that a hosted and managed service brings. I am delighted that we are now able to offer Microsoft office, mail and infrastructure solutions fully integrated into LP+4. Schools will be the real winners here.”

Steve Beswick, Microsoft Education Director said

“It’s great to see leading partners such as Learning Possibilities bring what they do best to the Microsoft platforms in education. Learning Possibilities really understands how to make technology work in Education. They understand how teachers and students need to interact, providing a solution that really transforms the learning experience and use of technology in and outside of the classroom. The LP+ solution brings the benefits of cloud and blends that with their innovative learning platform.”

The LP+4 learning platform will be available to schools with Office365 integration later this year.