The Teaching Assistant Development Programme aims to identify each TA's development needs and aspirations and then recommend the best CPD courses from Anspear's CPD Library to help address them.

There are two main stages in the programme:

  • Your participants (teaching assistants) will use an online tool called Open Survey to complete a specially-developed survey about their perceived competencies.
  • They will then receive logins to Anspear's mobile learning platform, nimbl, to access their own, personalised programme of CPD courses. These are available both online and via a mobile app.

Leaders and participants have access to a summary of their responses and mobile learning progress data.

The survey

1. After joining, you will receive a welcome email with:

  • The URL to access the survey
  • An administrator login
  • A demo login for evaluation/demonstration

2. All of your participants will use the same, universal login to access the survey. This is found in the .csv file that's available on the administrator page. If you are part of a MAT, you may have one login per school.

3. Share this login with all of your participants and direct them to the survey URL, where they can fill out their responses.

4. The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete. Use a computer, not a mobile device, and remember that each survey must be done in one sitting.

5. You can keep track of who has started/finished the survey by redownloading the .csv file from the administrator page.

6. Once all your participants have completed the survey, please email jacquie@anspear.com to move onto the next stage.

Survey results

Shortly after your request, you will receive an email containing:

  • A PDF report analysing survey responses across all of your participants – this will help you understand how your participants feel as a group
  • A report for each individual participant, which shows them their programme of recommended CPD courses – the programme has been generated based on their responses
  • An individual mobile learning login for each participant
  • A leaflet that explains to each participant how to log in to their mobile learning

CPD courses

Distribute the individual reports, an individual login and a leaflet to each participant.

To begin learning all they need to do is is log in to the URL provided or into the corresponding mobile app, which they can download for Android or Apple mobile devices.

Unless your organisation has its own app as part of this program or another program, this will be the Anspear app:

Their learning programme is ready for them as soon as they log in.


After completing a CPD course, participants are entitled to a completion certificate. All new completion certificates can be sent to the school programme leader on a weekly, monthly or termly basis.

Keeping track of CPD progress


As a leader/manager you will also receive a mobile learning login. Log in to the web URL for the learning programme and you will be able to see which courses your participants are engaging with and how far they have got towards completion.

Summary reports

You can also request PDF or Excel overviews of of your participants' learning activity. Please email jacquie@anspear.com to request these.


We trust that the programme will run smoothly, but for any technical support, queries or advice, please email support@anspear.com or call 01223 350555.


The survey asks every participant to enter an email address. This address will be used as their unique username for their mobile learning account and it will allow them to reset their password in future.

Email addresses will not be used for any other purpose. We take our obligations under the GDPR legislation seriously. All personal information will be processed in accordance with our Privacy Policy.