Case studies

The nimbl mobile learning format has potentially huge possibilities for us. It will help colleagues in schools to access our support in a way that is in keeping with how people now work.

Head of Data and Self-Evaluation, SSAT

Oxford University Press

English Language apps from Oxford

Oxford University Press (OUP) was exploring technology platforms to deliver its products and chose to try our platform nimbl. Our team worked closely with its English Language Teaching (ELT) division and wrote special code to accelerate the conversion of their content. Three major English language learning texts are now accessible as digital courses, optimised for mobile devices. The courses are available through in-app purchases and are used world-wide. Flexible licensing models mean that both individuals and institutions are catered for. The incorporation of video, audio, voice recording, quizzes and other activities make the titles particularly effective for language learning and testing, and keep the learner engaged and involved.


Ministry of Justice sponsored degree

In 2014 we began working with the charity Unitas to develop courses for Youth Justice professionals. These are delivered through the Unitas Academy branded app we created. These have proved so successful that Unitas is now delivering a Foundation Degree in Youth Justice for prison officers, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice and accredited by the University of Suffolk. Extra modules are now being added to enable candidates to upgrade to a full BA Hons in Youth Justice and Social Policy. Our adaptable learner management and reporting system has helped Unitas staff to set up cohorts of learners, review progress and provide detailed reports to the Ministry of Justice and others. Anspear's editorial and design teams work very closely with Unitas to ensure that each element of the courses is attractive, accessible and effective. This has been evidenced by the outstanding completion rates (85%+) achieved.

The United Nations

Training professionals internationally

Through working with us and using our platform, our partners Albany Associates have been able to provide two agencies of the United Nations with mobile training courses and information that needed to be delivered quickly around the world. Albany Associates' rich training content formed the basis of media training courses for Unicef staff, as well as courses in English and French provided by UNDP to professionals tackling violent extremism across Africa. With mobile training courses, Albany Associates can offer clients a faster and more cost-effective alternative to face-to-face training that ensures even users in remote areas without a reliable internet connection can receive high-quality training and guidance.

Juniper Education

Replatforming a range of products

Juniper Education has a wide range of practical guides for those working in and around schools. It was looking to revitalise these resources, deliver them in a way that was sympathetic to its customers' busy schedules and tight budgets, and make them more scalable across wider markets. Working closely with Juniper Education we were able to convert their material into very accessible mobile guides for school staff, including a bespoke self-evaluation tool to enable school leaders to judge their own institution’s effectiveness. The high level of interest in this tool for has led to the creation of a Mandarin version for the Chinese market.

The great success of this partnership has resulted in our joint application winning a 2018 Education Investor Award for Education Business Services.

Working in partnership with Anspear has added another dimension to the services offered by Juniper Education, enabling us to platform some of our content in a new and dynamic way

Keren Prior, Operations Director, Juniper Education

Education trusts

A trust-wide approach

Multi-academy trusts and other groups of schools around the UK are working with Anspear to deliver flexible, inclusive continuing professional development (CPD) courses to thousands of staff and governors. The Challenger Multi-Academy Trust has found Anspear's resources to be a highly cost-effective addition to their development provision. This dynamic trust has academies spread across Bedfordshire and Essex and has over 500 licences for teachers, teaching assistants and other members of staff. Senior leaders continue to be impressed by the quality and range of the courses, and the ability to tailor programmes of learning for groups of staff, even individuals. With budgets becoming ever more stretched, the Trust sees use of the system as an opportunity to improve provision, save money and increase consistency of approach, despite its geographical spread. Having their own branded app is also helping to demonstrate the value the Trust is adding.

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Supporting children in care

Easily accessible education resources

Since the launch of our platform nimbl and our mobile learning products to support curriculum delivery in 2014, we have worked with over 100 local authorities in the UK to provide carefully tailored sets of resources to over 5000 children in care and other vulnerable young people. By building appropriate programmes of learning, cognitive gaps caused by long absences from school can be addressed and those not in school, including asylum seeking children, can be given educational opportunities swiftly and inexpensively. We are now also working with local authorities to provide relevant, accessible and convenient courses for the adults supporting the children. This includes support and guidance for Foster Carers and Designated Teachers for looked after children.

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