SAM – Staff Absence Management Software for Schools

Education-tailored online software helping you manage and monitor staff attendance, reducing admin time and supply costs

In this climate School Business Managers face difficult decisions about finances and how best to effectively use the budget. Our MD, Kathryn Birch previously worked as a School Business Manager and experienced first-hand how hard it is to keep track and manage staff absence in schools. So, Kathy used her experience to develop SAM, an online software system specifically designed for education.

Tailored to your school or MAT, SAM automatically tells you which employees have hit triggers, when tasks are due, centralises all documents and quickly provides reports for your leadership team and governors within seconds.

Overall SAM helps to reduce absence and supply costs by getting staff back to work quicker, supporting staff better and delivering extensive information that would otherwise take hours to compile.

Our clients have seen on average a 40% reduction in absent days by applying effective management and SAM has helped one school reduce absence costs by £47,000. You can find out more on our website We also have an online calculator that you can use to work out how much absence is costing your school or Multi-Academy Trust.

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. Rachel Bain - Lawnswood Campus

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. Jane Rawson - High Park School

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. Simon Bulmer - Hugh Gaitskell Primary School

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. Tracey Fallon - Chief Operations Officer, Inspire Partnership Multi-Academy Trust

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