Engagement with the Hwb virtual learning environment during Covid-19 school closures

Front page of Data Insight by Alexandra Sandu and Jennifer May HamptonA new Data Insight from Dr Alexandra Sandu and Dr Jennifer May Hampton from the WISERD Education Data Lab and produced by the ADR Wales education research team is now available: Engagement with the Hwb virtual learning environment during Covid-19 school closures.

This report outlines preliminary findings on engagement with the Hwb virtual learning environment by pupils in primary, secondary and special school sectors during the academic year 2019/2020.

“Although initially perceived as a legitimate measure to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, national school closures have triggered concerns about digital exclusion and the exacerbation of existing educational inequalities, through the loss of learning opportunities.

“Administrative data on logins via the Hwb website allows for the analysis and identification of trends and patterns in this type of remote learning in Wales. Although only a partial indication of Hwb usage and overall online learning, these data can help understand the challenges some schools may have in encouraging their pupils to use these resources.

“In turn, this analysis may help prevent further escalation of existing educational disparities, with mitigation through targeted responses and actions at national, regional, and/or school level.”

Read the full Data Insight.


The WISERD Education Data Lab is an ESRC/Welsh Government funded initiative that is supported by and works in collaboration with ADR Wales.

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