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What is SAM Learning?

SAM Learning is the only online learning platform used by British schools worldwide, providing access to thousands of ready-made learning activities across all major GCSE and KS3 subjects.

Engineered by A.I functionality, the SAM Learning platform suggests weekly challenges for students which is important as students achieve two GCSE grades better with 30 minutes activity a week, as independently proven by both the EEF and FFT.

Our mobile-friendly platform allows student access on any device with internet access and the A.I. automatically fills individual students’ learning gaps, dramatically reducing teacher workload.

The Weekly Challenges A.I. provides adaptive activities for both KS3 and KS4 in areas where students typically drop marks in GCSE exams as well as topics that are imperative building blocks to prepare KS3 students for their GCSEs. For every activity completed by a student on SAM Learning, the adaptive A.I. will either suggest the student to improve their score or provide extension activities to extend their knowledge. In fact, with 11 different activity types, including multiple choice quizzes, tests, exam papers, real world, improve, exam essentials and diagnostic assessments, all adapted, as well as the ability for teachers to add videos, audio and images, SAM Learning is accessible for all learning types and abilities.

Teachers also have the ability to set work to individuals, groups and whole classes, however as SAM Learning’s adaptive A.I does this for them, they really don’t have to! Students will never get bored studying on SAM Learning either, due to the adaptive platforms for KS3 and KS4 available as they grow and mature. Students can travel SAM World, climb the leaderboard, customise their own unique avatars, compete with buddies in their year group and download and share, socially, their achievement certificates.

For teachers, the platform has a detailed reporting suite that provides a real time insight into whole-school, class or intervention group and individual learner achievement. Our ‘Question Level Analysis’ allows teachers to easily identify knowledge gaps, helping schools to drive data-driven targeted intervention and adaptive teaching. In addition to our 24/7 online support articles and CPD videos, we provide every school with their very own School Success Manager, all former educational Senior Leaders, for departmental training sessions and unlimited strategic advice. They also support data set up, where we provide effective and efficient data provisioning between each school's MIS and SAM Learning. Our partnership with Groupcall provides each school with increased efficiency, security, data accuracy and improved customer experience.

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Independently Proven-to-Improve Grades

Frequent independent studies commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation and conducted by the Family Fisher Trust from 2002 to 2020 continue to report SAM Learning significantly improves students GCSE grades with as little as 10+ hours of usage.

Educational Impact

build student knowledge
86%
reduce teacher workload
85%
improve attainment
81%
reduce attainment gap
73%

Case Studies

Apr 2021

Darwin Aldridge Community Academy uses SAM Learning to close the gap between Pupil Premium students and their peers.

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Sep 2019

SAM Learning’s GCSE Study and Revision Tool accelerates progress of Year 11 Science Group at Aldworth School, Basingstoke

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Jun 2020

Evaluation of the impact of the SAM Learning e-learning platform on attainment at GCSE

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Feb 2023

Pendle Vale College - using A.I. driven approaches to teaching and learning to protect staff workload and drive results.

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CompanyBusiness Name: SAM Learning
HQ Location: United Kingdom
Founded: 1993
Website:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/samlearning
Phone: 0845 130 4160
Age Range11-13, 14-16
FeaturesRevisionHomeworkInterventionReporting SuitePre-made Activities Personalised Learning Artificial IntelligenceAdaptive LearningQuestion Level AnalysisAdaptive Teaching Adaptive Learning
LanguagesEnglish
AccessibilityFew to no features
PoliciesTerms of ServicePrivacy PolicyGDPR
RequirementsInternet - Low BandwidthInternet - High BandwidthDesktop - MacDesktop - WindowsDesktop - ChromebookDesktop - LinuxMobile - iPhoneMobile - iPadMobile - WindowsMobile - Android

Launch and setup is supported by our technical team - we work with school Network Admin.

Set Up

48 hours

TrainingLive OnlineDocumentationVideos
SupportEmailFAQs/ForumPhone Support
Home Learning

School must create the account.

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SAM Learning pricing starts from £2 / per-pupil
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4.45 out of 5

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SAM Learning has collected 23 reviews in the past 6 months

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Ms Duque Mora

Teacher

Used SAM Learning monthly for 4-6 months

Aug 2023

I like it a lot. Good exercises, the way I can received the marking and reminders

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the positive feedback Ms Duque Mora!
Ms Duque Mora found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    I don't need to mark it and gives me statistics
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Students have a doubt and go and practice in there
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Students seem more confident
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    They are identifying special terminology
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Janine Lammin

Deputy Principal

Nottingham Academy, England

Used SAM Learning daily for 3-4 years

Jun 2023

Ease of use, cost effective and accessible for all. The improvements keep getting better.

Janine Lammin found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    New AI is supporting adaptive teaching and ensuring students have tasks appropriate for them.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Accessible for our SEND students to reduce the gap.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Improvement in P8
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Students frequently use the tasks to close gaps identified by their teachers via the QLA
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Tarik Reghif

Computing Teacher

Lytchett Minster School, England

Used SAM Learning weekly for 5 years+

Jun 2023

It's sometimes slightly clunky, and doesn't always perform well on mobile devices, but it allows streamline homework setting with automatic marking and instant feedback.

Tarik Reghif found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    A library of homeworks makes setting and recording marks a breeze.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
  • Slightly improves attainment
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    Allows all the material to be covered comprehensively.
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Ben Clarke

Head of Science

Used SAM Learning weekly for 5 years+

Jun 2023

Works well although the cost is prohibitive

Ben Clarke found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Homeworks set at the start of the year - reports given to staff about completion
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Lower performing students tend to engage in it well
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Some students spend many hours completing activities although it is hard to quantify the ipact this has
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    Recall questions are dealt with really well
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Mr Dale

Teacher of Chemistry

Used SAM Learning monthly for 5 years+

Jun 2023

User friendly

Mr Dale found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Due to the content heavy curriculum and the need for retrieval practice this can be balanced out.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    You can tailor what students need to know so you reduce the attainment gap saving you time and effort.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Reduce gaps in knowledge
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Better recall and greater confidence exhibited by student.
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Emma Whitehall

Assistant Headteacher

Used SAM Learning monthly for 5 years+

Jun 2023

I would definitely recommend Sam Learning as a very useful tool for teachers and students. It reduces teacher workload, is easily accessible and enables students to receive immediate feedback on their work.

Emma Whitehall found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Reduces marking load for teachers by immediate marking of student work.
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Sam learning is available for all students to use whenever they want, both in school and outside of it. Students can easily access it on any device. Where needed tasks can be adapted for specific students.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Mastering memory is really important for students to optimise their progress and Sam learning makes it easy for students to recap not just the learning that they have just done, but also to review previous topics.
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    Sam learning can identify gaps in student knowledge across a class. The teacher can then review these aspects.
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Camila

Teacher

Lytchett Minster School, England

Used SAM Learning monthly for 5 years+

Jun 2023

It’s excellent, but building my own activities could be more user-friendly

Camila found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Setting homework is easy
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
  • Moderately improves attainment
    With lots of practice
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    Good for consolidation
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Tanya Russell

Head of English

Used SAM Learning weekly for 0–3 months

Jun 2023

It is an excellent resource to support in class learning and to help structure revision style activities with little extra input from the teaching staff, who can then focus instead on lesson delivery

Tanya Russell found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Reduction of time setting homework tasks and marking them
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Good for PP pupils and pupils with poor attendance as it allows them to study what they may have missed at home and structure revision tasks
  • Moderately improves attainment
    Pupils are able to revise at home which can increase their ability to build their recall and retention capacity
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    Particularly the learning of key quotations and their meaning
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Adam Tettenborn

Head of IT

Used SAM Learning weekly for 5 years+

Jun 2023

Excellent stuff

Adam Tettenborn found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    we set as homework for KS3, saves loads of time
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Fills gaps for students who are absent
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Useful for revision of students therefore improve marks in assessments
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Good set of questions for students to learn from
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Hett

DHOH

Used SAM Learning occasionally for 1-2 years

Jun 2023

good use for maths and english

Hett found SAM Learning:
  • Does not reduce teacher workload
    Art doesnt have many options so not alot
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    neautral
  • Does not significantly improve attainment
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    worded examples help
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Binny Aji

Academic Improvement - Team Leader

The Westminster School, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Used SAM Learning weekly for 7–12 months

May 2023

Adaptive nature/ illustrations/ challenge level personalises student learning.

Binny Aji found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Readymade assessment aligned to the respective Examination board expectations. Develops the content in a very adaptive way, which motivates students to use it quite often.
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Students enjoy these assessments as they are more interactive, and the illustrations also make the concepts more interesting.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Students enjoy these assessments as they are more interactive, and the illustrations also make the concepts more interesting.
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    the illustrations and the adaptive nature personalises student learning.
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Laura Butler

Head of Department

Used SAM Learning weekly for 7–12 months

May 2023

To make sure homework is set consistently in a department.

Laura Butler found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    No production of questions needed
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Only if you have regularity of the assignments and make sure students are completing and completing well.
  • Moderately improves attainment
    Exposure to key terminology
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    AO1 - recall facts
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Glenn Pilley

SENCO

Used SAM Learning weekly for 5 years+

May 2023

It is great software and can help students recap and relearn topics independently. As a SENCO, I know I can get more out of the software but this would probably require some more dedicated time to get things set up.

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the feedback Glenn! We are delighted to hear of the positive impact SAM Learning is having in Marshalls Park Academy. If you would like some speedy support from your School Success Manager so that you can get even more value without having to take up additional time, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Glenn Pilley found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    It makes organising interventions for SEND students faster and easier for them to access.
  • Does not significantly reduce attainment gap
    It really helps as long as the student is engaged. It does rely on students being motivated to complete the tasks properly and get the most out of them
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Similar to my previous response, it is dependent on the students will and engagement. For students who struggle to go in to class, it provides a way for them to continue their learning
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    The knowledge based for subjects like Science is excellent. It allows students to quickly recap topics and improve their knowledge base.
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Adeola

Teacher

Used SAM Learning weekly for 3-4 years

May 2023

Overall I love to use the platform and my students find it easy to use also.

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the feedback Adeola! We are delighted to hear of the positive impact SAM Learning is having in University Academy of Engineering South Bank.
Adeola found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    I love to use it for my starter activity and it reduces the time I spend planning things like homeworks.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    the weekly reports
  • Significantly improves attainment
    the way the questions are structure with some visuals and also challenging questions.
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    They enjoy using the platform and often get so competitive amongst their peers.
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Bryn Lloyd

Head of Science

Used SAM Learning weekly for 5 years+

May 2023

Its an excellent platform for testing. Its not suitable for all students and all assessment types but for low level knowledge based questions its excellent.

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the feedback Bryn! We are delighted to hear of the positive impact SAM Learning is having in The Gregg School. Please contact your School Success Manager if you need any support with the range of activity types available.
Bryn Lloyd found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Self marking revision activities
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Less secure students improving their knowledge
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Students improving their scores from 1st attempt to 2nd attempt
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Repetitive 'drag/drop' and 'fill in the blank' tasks help to reinforce existing knowledge
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Aoife Mansour

Science teacher

Used SAM Learning weekly for 3-4 years

May 2023

sometimes there are errors on answers and also some KS3 topics are not covered

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the feedback Aoife. I am sorry to hear you feel there are errors on answers and KS3 topics not covered, though all of our resources are quality checked therefore please contact your School Success Manager if there is anything you are unsure of or if you would like to suggest any areas for development. We would be delighted to take on board any suggestions you have.
Aoife Mansour found SAM Learning:
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    less marking of homework tasks
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    not yet
  • Slightly improves attainment
    have not examined it closely
  • Slightly builds student knowledge
    great help with revision
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Camila

Teacher

Used SAM Learning monthly for 3-4 years

May 2023

Good range of activities and very easy to use.

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the feedback Camila! We are delighted to hear of the positive impact SAM Learning is having in Lytchett Minster School.
Camila found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Ready made activities save a lot of time
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
  • Moderately improves attainment
    You can see the difference in the students who have been practising
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    Good retention of vocabulary
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Mr D Dale

Teacher of Science

Used SAM Learning weekly for 5 years+

May 2023

Up to date resource user friendly amongst students easy to navigate and use easy to set-up and administer tasks

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the feedback Mr Dale! We are delighted to hear of the positive impact SAM Learning is having in Wood Green Academy!
Mr D Dale found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Less marking Tailored work and assessment Diagrammatic questions
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Bridge the gap between easy and difficult topics Repetition of subject knowledge
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Focus on the subject knowledge kids need to know
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Variety of questions All in one place Focuses on key areas
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Gavin Clark

Assistant Headteacher

Used SAM Learning daily for 1-2 years

Apr 2023

It has certainly filled a gap in terms of provision for effective homework, in supporting students off-site and in its general benefit of helping students increase their knowledge in an engaging way

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the review Gavin! We are delighted to hear of the positive impact SAM Learning is having in Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College.
Gavin Clark found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    enables homework to be set centrally - and it is, of course, self-marking
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Students who use it often clearly see the benefit for plugging gaps in knowledge
  • Significantly improves attainment
    we await the outcome of exam season but some students are clearly feeling more confident
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
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Hashim Ahmed

Teacher of Science

Used SAM Learning weekly for 7–12 months

Apr 2023

It is very useful for managing workload and building/assessing student knowledge. It could be improved by updating completed homework by students faster, as there is currently a 24 hour delay.

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the review Hashim! We are delighted to hear of the positive impact SAM Learning is having in Pendle Vale College. There should not be a 24 hour delay when homework is completed as this is updated immediately. Please double check and get in touch with the SAM Learning support team if you need help with this.
Hashim Ahmed found SAM Learning:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Saves time assessing and uploading QLA data
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Too soon to say.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    To soon to say.
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Comprehension tasks help pupils build on their knowledge of a topic. This is especially helpful for students who have missed lessons, as they can access the information they need before answering questions instead of trying to find it elsewhere.
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Jordan

Teaching Assistant

Cleethorpes Academy, England

Used SAM Learning daily for 4-6 months

Apr 2023

Fantastic interface. Easy to use

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the review Jordan! We are delighted to hear of the positive impact SAM Learning is having in Cleethorpes Academy.
Jordan found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Makes setting homework simple
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Makes it easier
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Makes it simple
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Easy set up and use
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Chris Cottam

Second in Science

Westwood College, England

Used SAM Learning weekly for 3-4 years

Apr 2023

Its mostly good and in principle consolidates classwork whilst giving students immediate feedback on a universally accessible resource. However, somethings could be improved eg tasks vary in quality greatly and urgently need updating with more options for differentiation. Monitoring usage could also be improved - I just want to know how much each student has done in my subject over a given time period for each class. Free options, such as Isaac Physics, are frankly better at this.

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the feedback Chris. I am sorry to hear you need more support with using the reporting and tasks suite to fulfil your needs. Please use our online CPD centre or your free of charge training from your School Success Manager to guide you through how to see student usage and suite of high quality tasks more clearly.
Chris Cottam found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Alternative to marking homework
  • Slightly reduces attainment gap
    Its difficult to assess when there are so many other variables
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Difficult to assess with so many other variables
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    Consolidation of classwork
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Daniel Lynch

Head of business at Redhill

Used SAM Learning weekly for 1-2 years

Apr 2023

Although a very useful tool, some students were unhappy with the interface and stated that it looked a bit dated.

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the review Daniel. We hope the students of Redhill School are as delighted as us with the brand new interface for 2023.
Daniel Lynch found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Reduced the need for creative ideas for homework tasks and marking
  • Moderately reduces attainment gap
    Focus on lower achieving boys and pupils affected by attendance issues to fill knowledge gaps
  • Moderately improves attainment
    Stretch the higher ability students with relevant additional tasks
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Any gaps in knowledge addressed through homework tasks.
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Shuhena Bilkis

Teacher of English

Used SAM Learning monthly for 3-4 years

Mar 2023

I like using SAM Learning

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the review Shuena! We are delighted to hear of the positive impact SAM Learning is having in London Enterprise Academy.
Shuhena Bilkis found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Closing gap in learning
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    students understanding work better
  • Significantly improves attainment
    better assessment results
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    context, scene by scene or themes
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Neelam Parmar

Digital Learning

The Parker E-ACT, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Used SAM Learning weekly for 3-4 years

Mar 2023

Its a dependable learning platform that can produce results.

Reply from SAM Learning:Thank you for the review Neelam! We are delighted to hear your positive feedback on SAM Learning!
Neelam Parmar found SAM Learning:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Provides ready-made learning activities to close gaps and increase understanding in subject area.
  • Significantly reduces attainment gap
    Visible increase in pupil progress through attainment data
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Significant intervention improvement in maths
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Through videos, examples, quizzes, games, students have a variety of approaches to understand subject matter.
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