We have been using SAM since October 2017 and this system has helped us to improve and manage absences effectively across our three Schools. SAM has improved our return to work process for Mangers through the production of informative reports, including the overview of absence, and the financial costings of absence through the use of visual reports. SAM offers an excellent and efficient support service, which has enabled us to tailor the system to our requirements. We are very much looking forward to continuing our development of this system, and enhancing our knowledge and understanding of SAM in the future.
We recently purchased SAM as a tool to help us maintain an overview of and manage our school absences. We were attracted to the software both by its ability to provide an overview of absences both at a whole school and individual level. The reports available within the system have made reporting to SLT and Governors a lot easier, more relevant and reduced the preparation time.
The SAM system enables our Multi Academy Trust to manage sickness absence proactively. It provides the Central Team with an overview of all staff who have hit triggers or are on monitoring rounds. The system has been designed to allow our Schools to record tag’s against open cases which demonstrates our schools are compliant with the sickness absence policy. It also provides comprehensive case notes on individuals at the push of a button. The reporting suite is very powerful and enables the Trust to run regular reports showing the cost of the absence in days and £’s at both individual school level and across all schools in the Trust. These reports are shared with our schools, our staff and our Board on a regular basis. Without the SAM system, the Trust would not know the true cost of sickness absence within our schools or be able to support school’s with individual cases.
We were so impressed with the SAM software from the moment we saw it. The reporting suite gives you the information you need as a leadership team to make informed decisions, all at the touch of a button. Staff absence in special schools is high due to the emotional demand and physical requirements of the job. Supporting staff wellbeing whilst reducing absence ensures we are providing the best support we can for our pupils.
SAM has helped me get a real grip on my absence management in school. The dashboard shows me the information I need to know at the touch of a button and it produces tangible reports that my Governors can easily understand. The customer service is excellent and there is always somebody to help and listen to ideas for upgrades.
We are a special school and started using SAM in April 2017. SAM has been a blessing in disguise, it has already revolutionised how we manage staff attendance, saving us valuable time, we now find it much easier to track and monitor attendance in line with our policy. It’s still early days but we are already seeing the impact of SAM….. I would highly recommend SAM to any special school that needs a bespoke educational absence software tool to monitor triggers hit, manage absence cases and provide quick and easy reports for Trustees and Governors.
SAM has completely revolutionised our sickness monitoring procedures. Our ability to track individuals at every stage through our sickness policy at the click of a button and produce detailed notes and reports professional presented is already reaping real benefits for our school.
We are delighted with how SAM has helped us reduce absence. In the first year, we have increased staff attendance by 49% and saved 279 days of absence. This has saved the school time and money and has helped us to maintain the consistency of teaching standards across the school. We would highly recommend SAM to any school.
Before we started using SAM, the process of dealing with staff absence was old fashioned, impersonal and confidentiality couldn’t always be assured. The whole issue of staff absence was quite scary and not a lot of people wanted to take it on. Since we started working with SAM, the whole process of dealing with staff absence has become much easier. It is more personal to the individual we are dealing with and from my point of view it’s a lot less time consuming and what we record is a lot more accurate. The best thing about SAM is its simplicity. It’s easy to use and easy to follow. Uploading from SIMS is straightforward. The reporting options mean I can pull a report for my business manager at the touch of a button and all the information for that employee is there. The support we have received has also made things so much easier right from the beginning. I just love SAM, it’s my new best friend.
Using SAM has not only saved us time it has also saved us money. At the end of the first year we found that we had saved 712 days of absence overall across teaching and support staff. This will have helped to reduce supply costs across the school and increase attendance of key members of our teaching staff which is so important to us and our pupils. We would recommend that all schools consider using SAM to help manage absence.
I have recently started using SAM for managing staff absence and it really does make the whole process much simpler. Instead of having to rely on memory, SAM flags up staff who reach an absence trigger point, which alerts the user to take action. Judgement can then be used to determine how to proceed, in line with our own policies. I particularly value the ability to see individual absence calendars for staff, which enables absence patterns to be identified quickly and easily. The various reports can be used to provide comparisons termly, annually or by absence type, and are extremely useful in providing school leaders with an overview. I would definitely recommend SAM to other schools.
We’ve now been using SAM for over a year and it has been a valuable asset to the school. We have managed to reduce our recorded absence for both teachers and support staff. This is of great benefit to the school and pupils. We find using SAM helpful and insightful and look forward to continuing to use SAM.
To efficiently monitor staff absences, we believe that SAM is a must have for every school or business… SAM is a great way to visualise individual absences, the graphs are very clear to understand and you can easily recognise any persistent absences. We say “Keep calm and use SAM