28th January 2013

SAM Learning, is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for an Education Resources Awards. This is the first time SAM Learning has entered the awards since the product underwent a major revision in 2011. It has been shortlisted in the category of Secondary Resource or Equipment – including ICT.

SAM Learning, is a global online study platform which is used by many schools across the UK to help with homework and exam revision. The company has recently released independent research which shows that pupils can improve their GCSE results by at least one grade in up to two GCSE subjects. And, for pupils on free school meals, the improvements can be even greater. SAM’s “Impact of eLearning: Independent Research”, led by Dr Mike Treadaway from the Fischer Family Trust, monitored 258,599 Year 11 students over two years. It found that SAM Learning helped improve grades by more than twice the national average.

According to the report, the students with the most to gain using SAM Learning are those in the bottom 20 per cent at Key Stage 2. If they use the online study platform for 10 or more hours their GCSE results can be at least one grade higher than predicted in four subjects (including maths, English and science). Meanwhile, those in the middle 20 per cent at key stage 2 showed an 11 per cent improvement in their predicted 5A*-C GCSE passes by Key Stage 4. For those on free school meals the result is gains of around 1 grade higher in 2.5 subjects.
The key gains shown in the report for students using SAM Learning for 10 or more hours are:

  • ·On average students achieved 12.3 capped points scores greater than expected – that’s one grade higher in two subjects
  • ·For students entitled to free school meals the improvement in capped points scores was on average +12.7, equivalent to around one grade higher in 2.5 subjects

And what’s more pupils really enjoy using SAM Learning. In a recent poll 83 % of pupils said they ‘like’ revising with SAM Learning, that’s a massive thumbs-up from the 30,000 + students who responded to the survey.

Justin Baron MD of SAM Learning said, ‘being shortlisted for an ERA is a great accolade. We are delighted to be recognised by our peers and key thinkers in education. We know we have a great product that is having a huge impact on the lives of many students and it’s great to have that recognised.’


For further information contact Fiona McLean, 07748 520983, fiona@watergaw.co.uk