Parent Portal and SAM Learning
Dear Parents and Carers,
Please may we advise about two areas: the Parent Portal, and SAM Learning.
Due to ongoing improvements to our internet connection, the Parent Portal is not currently fully operational. We are waiting for BT to install a new cable. The Parent Portal will be available again as soon as possible, and we will email you, and post messages on our website and through our social media channels when it is.
If you have already requested a password for the service but have not received it, you do not need to request it again – we will contact you with it once the service is up and running.
If you already have a password for the service, please retain it as it will still work when the service returns.
If you have not yet, but wish to request a password, please do so once we have contacted you after everything is back up and running.
Apologies for the interruption in service, and thank you for your patience.
Introducing the SAM Learning Service
At school we are always looking for ways to extend our students’ learning. Part of our improvement programme involves the use of SAM Learning, a unique online service that offers multiple subjects. Studies show that students achieve 2 GCSE grades on average better than expected with as little as 10 hours or more use of SAM Learning. All students are able to access assignments via their personal homepage and view homework tasks in the ‘My Homework’ tab. This tab shows when the homework is due to be completed, if it is has not been completed and also if it is overdue.
All completed homework is either computer or self-marked, depending on the type of work set. There is instant feedback, and scores can be viewed by students, parents or teachers in the ‘My Progress’ tab for the Last Homework Set (LHS). All staff receive a report on the homework that is completed by each student. Students are also able to re-visit homework activities if they wish to improve on their last score.
Students are able to access the service at anytime and anywhere. Whether students are at school, but also at home, in the library, the Gateway and in one of the ICT suites open every lunchtime at Neatherd. All they need to do is visit the website and enter their unique login details. Older students will likely already have logged in and changed their passwords. If they have forgotten it, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org for it to be reset.
Website address: www.samlearning.com
Date of birth followed by two initials: first name then last name.
Example: 010800DJ is the User ID for David Jones born 1st Aug 2000.
Initially same as the User ID, Learners are encouraged to change this to something difficult to guess.
It is advised that students keep a record of the access details in their planners.
How to Get Involved
All students will be taught to use the service and you might wish to ask them how it works. You can of course help them log on this weekend at home.
We hope that your child is able to take full advantage of SAM Learning and thank you in advance for supporting the initiative.
Assistant head teacher
Dereham Neatherd High School