Firefly Learning

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Firefly Learning LLP
Limited liability partnership
Industry Educational Software
Founded London 2005
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people
Joe Mathewson
Founding Partner

Simon Hay
Founding Partner
Products Firefly
Student Planner
Teacher Planner
Parent Portal
Slogan "The learning platform trusted by leading schools."
Website Firefly Learning

Firefly Learning is a learning platform based in London, England with offices in Sydney, Australia that provides virtual learning platforms to hundreds of schools around the world. Firefly allows teachers, students and parents to publish and access information from anywhere with an internet connection.[1]


In 2000, Firefly Learning was started by two 15-year-old students at St. Paul’s School after they became frustrated with the school’s antiquated intranet system.[2] AS students Joe Mathewson and Simon Hay developed the new easy-to-use system during school holidays.[3] Soon after Forest School expressed interest in the new system and Firefly Learning was born.[4] In 2010 students at Wellington College stranded due to ash cloud grounding thousands of flights were able to continue with lessons via an e-learning platform provided by Firefly Learning.[5] In 2012 BETT nominated Firefly for an Innovation in ICT award for its development of the Student Planner iPad app that automatically updates students' planners with assignments assigned by the teacher.[6] Firefly has been named a BETT finalists every year since, and in 2014 won an innovation award in London.[7]


  1. ^ "Transforming Education Through Technology". Bloomberg TV. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Cole, George (11 January 2011). "Web whiz-kids". Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Dann, Kitty (13 December 2013). "Small business in the spotlight ... Firefly". Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "After St. Paul's". St. Paul's School. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Woolcock, Nicola (April 20, 2010). "No ‘volcanic ash holiday’ as schools set exiled pupils work online". The Times. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "BETT 2013 Finalists". BETT. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sparkle like Firefly, and sound like Music House". Hammersmith and Fulham. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 

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