Start date:
June 2020

Wales is unique in having a national digital platform for online teaching and learning – Hwb ( This means that all children in maintained schools in Wales login to and use Hwb to access learning materials provided to them by schools and teachers. This project will have unique access to data collected via Hwb that can provide invaluable insights into the use of digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will attempt to answer four main questions:

  • How have patterns of digital learning by school type and geography changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What inequalities in digital learning have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What can Hwb data tell us about learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How can Hwb Platform data be used to provide ‘live’ updates to the Welsh Government as they develop their continuity of learning plan?

Research team
Rhys Davies
WISERD Co-Director, Associate Director of ADR-Wales
Cardiff University
Jennifer May Hampton
Research Associate
Cardiff University

Themes: Data & Methods