During COVID-19 being able to set work remotely has been hugely helpful. The analysis features of how the students are doing are easy to check. And being able to create one’s own resources if nothing already existed came into its own, as teachers did have more time to create work.
I believe the top 5 features and benefits of SAM Learning to be; students are engaged, it makes a difference to book work; the “scoreboard” brings in competitivity which gets students learning; indexing system allows easy finding of relevant material to set; being able to isolate out subgroups for targeted interventions and support from SAM to help get the best out of the system.
SAM Learning has effectively assisted in minimising the challenges we have faced. We are a small AP and students are very averse to book homework, but more engaged with SAM. We also use it for cover lessons, isolation sessions, revision sessions or to do computer-based learning in a normal lesson – it’s not just a homework tool.
As an AP, our academic results are not on the normal scale, so we need to demonstrate to Ofsted in other ways that our pupils are progressing. Using SAM data to show progression at completing homework is a useful tool