Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

Learning Platform

To access the Heathwood Learning Platform:  https://bedfordshire.itslearning.com 

What is a Learning Platform?

A Learning Platform (LP) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a means of bringing together all the ICT skills and resources of a school to enable more effective ways of working within and outside the classroom.  Every school in the country now has networked, broadband access and the Government's expectation is that, by 2010, every school should have its own integrated learning and management systems.  Each school can choose to operate its LP in its own way but, as a minimum, it will allow learners to:

  • access learning material outside the classroom
  • submit homework and projects for marking and assessment
  • store work and notes in their own personal learning space
  • contact other pupils and teachers

 As a parent, the biggest benefit is the opportunity to play a greater role in assisting your child's learning.


Heathwood now has its own learning platform which some of the children, particularly in KS2, have already accessed.  Over the next 12 months, the content and scope of our platform will continue to expand and diversify.  It is a learning process for us all, teachers and pupils alike, but the result will be a comprehensive and integrated resource, capable of supporting the individual educational needs of our children.  We appreciate that not everyone currently has access to the internet at home but provision will be made for that.  We will keep you informed as to the progress of the LP but please feel free to contact the school if you have specific questions or issues.  In the meantime, for a visual summary of the workings of a LP then please follow the link below to find a short (4½ minute) video.  It is based on a secondary school, but the principles for our school remain the same: