Hwb 10 timeline

We've reflected on the past decade, celebrating how Hwb has evolved and advanced since its initial launch ten years ago.





Launch of the creative learning zone in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales.

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  • We launched Hwb Zones to support online safety, foundation phase learning and the national networks for excellence in mathematics and science & technology.

  • Introduction of the Hwb community, providing collaborative opportunities for teachers in Wales.


  • On Safer Internet Day, the new online safety zone goes live providing comprehensive guidance, resources and training to support schools to stay safe online.

  • A more personalised experience comes to Hwb, allowing users to tailor content and subscriptions.


  • Online personalised assessments become available through Hwb to replace paper-based national reading and numeracy tests.

  • Following the closure of Learning Wales, Hwb becomes the home of the curriculum and the central point for education in Wales.

  • A new partnership with Google sees G Suite for Education made available through Hwb.

  • Your Hwb account becomes the key to a range of online education services through single sign-on (SSO).


  • Wales becomes the first country in the world to fund Microsoft classroom software for all maintained schools, giving Hwb users access to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus on up to five personal devices.

  • Minecraft: Education Edition becomes the latest addition to the Hwb family.

  • We welcome a brand-new area in support of the launch of Curriculum for Wales.


  • The blended learning area is created to support the continuity of learning at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Hwb reaches a landmark of 10.6 million page views in March 2020, a huge increase from the previous monthly average.

  • Introduction of the new resources area and re-branding of the online safety zone, now known as keeping safe online.

  • Official partnership with Adobe begins allowing users access to Adobe Creative Cloud Express through Hwb.

  • Launch of 360 digi Cymru to help schools evaluate and plan their digital learning.

  • The ‘Hwb Heroes’ campaign sees children and young people sharing thousands of messages with older and more vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.


Hwb becomes the first government member of the Internet Watch Foundation, further strengthening the Hwb platform and demonstrating our commitment to ending child abuse.

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Hwb has officially been online for 10 years! It continues to grow and offer new tools and services to its 500,000 users.

Introduction of multi-factor authentication (MFA) to keep Hwb and its users secure.

2023…where will it take us next?