The Hwb+ Project

2012-2018

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Learning in Digital Wales. Between 2012-2018 in a £10m project the Hwb+ Learning Platform by Learning Possibilities was rolled out as the National Platform for all schools in Wales. Hwb+ was a secure, fully customisable and bilingual virtual learning environment, enabling teachers and learners to access online resources and digital learning tools, anywhere, at any time!

Learning Possibilities National Contract awarded for Wales

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The All Wales National Learning Platform

Hwb+ was built on LP+ technology – an enterprise class technology, on a secure, hybrid cloud offering data sovereignty. LP+ was able to integrate with locally installed school and Ministry of Education (MoE) systems to create bespoke solutions like Hwb+.

Hwb+ was used by over 1600 schools and 600,000 users in Wales. The bilingual Learning Management System (LMS) aimed to transform teaching and learning across Wales and to achieve the objectives set out in the report by the External Task and Finish Group.

In line with the National Strategy, Learning Possibilities provided each school in Wales with its own unique learning platform built on LP+ and integrated with Office 365. The platform provided an enormous range of collaboration, communication and curriculum delivery tools that helped transform teaching and learning in classrooms every day. We have also ensured that training and support was offered to all Hwb+ schools in both Welsh and English.

Working with Microsoft

Hwb+, built on Microsoft technology, seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Technologies and made use of the Azure cloud being accessible anytime, anywhere on any internet enabled device. Providing a single-sign-on with Microsoft Office 365 has given every child in Wales an email address, online storage, and free access to Microsoft’s office suite everywhere on any device. The account stays with the student until they leave formal education. Read More

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Larry Nelson
Worldwide Managing Director,
Education Partners
Microsoft Corporation

“The Hwb+ platform in Wales, which incorporates Office 365, is one of the largest deployments of its type (i.e. SharePoint on-premise integrated with Office 365).

It is great to see the impact Hwb+ is having on teaching and learning as evidenced in the recent Learning in Digital Wales report.

For Microsoft, Hwb+ represents a global showcase and an example of how technology can support change in educational practice.”

Hwb+ in the News

Leighton Andrews

Leighton Andrews
(Education Minister 2012)

Hwb “plays a key role in helping schools to share information with parents and involve them in their child’s learning, a critical relationship which we know makes a massive difference to outcomes for learners”.

“I am confident that Hwb will make a real and significant difference to education outcomes for all learners aged 3-19 and become a truly world-class learning platform for Wales.” (BBC:2018).

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A Welsh Government spokesman said it awarded the contract in 2012 for a three-year term and extended it in 2015 “following an independent value for money review”. (Source: BBC, 2018)

Learning in Digital Wales

A video on the Welsh national learning platform, designed and developed by Learning Possibilities, using the LP+ platform, a hybrid solution built on Microsoft SharePoint, and integrated with Microsoft Office 365.

Hwb+ and Learning Possibilities Beginnings

A video of Learning Possibilities Chairman Stephen Heppell and various Schools in Wales talking about the benefits of Hwb and Hwb+

Features of Hwb+

The video shows all the great features you will be getting with Hwb+, the All Wales National Learning Platform.

Hwb+ in Numbers

620,360 files were held on Hwb+ (2018)

87% of all Welsh schools logged in to Hwb+ (2017)

64% of all schools were more deeply engaged in the platform (2017)

The LPPLUS Helpdesk received 7,393 calls (2018)

1,845 teachers attending Hwb+ training

Hwb+ on Social Media

Improving Education Outcomes

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Estyn (inspectors of Education and Training in Wales, 2014)

“Due to the Home/School accessibility with Hwb+, it provides opportunities for seamless in and out of school learning & communication.”

“The school uses highly innovative and effective practices in developing Hwb & Hwb+ Learning. For example, pupils use Hwb+ to upload their home learning and research work” (Read More)

Hwb+ A legacy & Lessons learned by professor Stephen Heppell

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LP+ is a trademark of Learning Possibilities Limited HWB is a trademark of the Welsh Government.