SIMS & ICT Support

Current ICT support for your school

All current and relevant information regarding ICT in schools can be accessed here. You are advised to check this page on on a regular basis.

If you have any queries regarding the information please contact Connect2ICT Education at: Connect2ICTEducation or Telephone on 0151 233 8600.

SIMS ICT Support

School Census

The next school census is the Autumn census due on Thursday 5th October 2017.
 
Schools need to ensure that they are on the latest version of SIMS Summer 2017 (see SOLUS tab).

The SIMS Summer 2017 Census Guidance and Preparation are now available below. 
 
Each school will need to access the SIMS Preparation guide and the Producing Census guide for your school type as well as the Errors and Resolutions Guide.
 
All schools are required to import the latest Census Fileset prior to running the School Census.  (See Preparation notes for details of how to download and import Filesets)
 

SOLUS

The SIMS and FMS Summer 2017 release (SIMS v7.176) and (FMS v6.176) has now been released by Capita.
 
This upgrade is required to carry out your Autumn 2017 Census on 5th October 2017.  See the School Census tab where full census guidance will be published nearer to this date.
 
SOLUS 3 is configured to run your upgrade overnight. Schools will be emailed in advance to advise when your upgrade will run.
 
A detailed list of what’s new in this upgrade can be viewed within your SIMS Document Centre once the Summer Upgrade is complete.

If you have any queries regarding the SIMS Summer upgrade please log a call with ICT Service Desk on 233 8600 or email [email protected].
 

SIMS Helpsheets

Creating the New Academic Year and End of Year Processes.

SIMS guidance notes for creating the New Academic Year and all End of Year Processes are now available below.

These processes should be started as early as possible and must be completed before the start of the new academic year.
SIMS Tidy and Merging Addresses
 
Schools should be using the SIMS Housekeeping Routines and included in this is the Address Tidy and Merge Routines.  This is particularly required as part of schools moving towards using the SIMS Address Validation Service 
This routine should be run on a regular basis to keep addresses tidy  
SIMS - Address Validation 
 
These guidance notes should be used once SIMS Address Validation has been activated at your school. They include the process for adding and validating any new addresses added to your SIMS System
SIMS Interventions

SIMS interventions is a new module available to all schools within your SIMS system. See the quick reference sheet below for a overview of how to set up and use.  Full documentation is available from within your SIMS Document centre
 

School Workforce Census

The next Annual SIMS School Workforce Census (SWC) will take place on Thursday 2nd November 2017.
 
SIMS guidance notes for Preparing and Producing the Census as well as an Errors and Resolutions document to assist with any validation queries are available below.

 
 If you have any queries please contact Andy Rigby on 0151 233 0486 or e-mail [email protected]

SIMS Courses for School Office Users

SIMS Essentials

SIMS Essentials is aimed at new users of SIMS.

The course covers the navigation of the system and the main procedures for updating and maintaining student information.  

By the end of the course delegates will be able to navigate the system, personalise the SIMS Homepage, search for and amend student records, use 'Quick Letter' function for sending letters home, use routines to update student data in bulk, run reports pre-defined within SIMS and deal with leavers and arrivals using CTF.

Delegates attending this course do not require any previous knowledge or experience of SIMS.

SIMS Essentials Extended

SIMS Essentials Extended course is aimed at existing SIMS users and builds on the knowledge and skills of the Essentials course. 

The course covers a wider range of functionality and advanced routines to tailor SIMS to your schools requirements.  

By the end of the course delegates will be able to personalise the SIMS Homepage, maintain the School Diary, record student behaviours, achievements and exclusions, create user defined groups and fields, perform housekeeping routines and record pupil absences. 

Delegates attending this course should have attended SIMS Essentials course or have previous experience of the system. 

SIMS Attendance 7

SIMS Attendance 7 course is aimed at SIMS users with responsibility for the day to day recording and management of school attendance. 

The course covers procedures for recording and editing attendance marks, producing attendance letters to send home and reporting on a variety of attendance codes.  

By the end of the course delegates will be able to enter and edit attendance marks, utilise functions for recording comments, minutes late and links such as class photo, record attendance marks over a period of time, create templates for use with mail merge attendance letters, create user defined groups for attendance and run a variety of attendance reports. 

Delegates attending this course do not require previous experience of SIMS but should be familiar with attendance policies of their school.

Personnel 7 including School Workforce Census

SIMS Personnel 7 is aimed at SIMS users with responsibility for recording and maintaining personnel information within SIMS and/or producing the School Workforce Census return. 

The course covers procedures for new appointments and leavers and adjustments to data with a focus on the information collected by SWC.  

By the end of the course delegates will be able to view, add and amend staff records, maintain staff training and absence information, create service terms and maintain contract information, run pre-defined personnel reports and identify data to be collect by SWC. 

Delegates attending this course do not require any previous experience of SIMS.

SIMS Special Educational Needs

SIMS Special Educational Needs is aimed at SIMS users with responsibility for overseeing special needs including administrative staff who are involved in maintaining SEN information. 

The course covers procedures to record SEN information within pupil records, reporting on the information and managing records for Professionals involved with SEN pupils. 

It may be useful for both SENCo and Admin Officer to attend the course together. 

By the end of the course delegates will be able to navigate the SEN functions within SIMS, record and maintain SEN records including information on reviews, provision and statements, create records for professionals and agencies working with pupils, produce pre-defined SEN reports and utilise messaging and reminder functions. 

Delegates attending this course do not require any previous experience of SIMS. 

SIMS Dinner Money 

SIMS Dinner Money course is aimed at new users of Dinner Money 7. 

The course covers system set ups required for Dinner Money, links to attendance and procedures for recording and reporting on cash and cheques payments. 

By the end of the course delegates will be able to set up default meal patterns and dietary requirements, record cash and cheques paid for pupil meals, generate reports for dinner monies and set up and generate letters in SIMS for creditors and debtors. 

Delegates attending this course do not require previous experience of SIMS.

SIMS Preparing for a New Academic Year

SIMS Preparing for a New Academic Year is a half day course aimed at SIMS users with responsibility for preparing the school pastoral arrangements for the coming year. 

The course covers procedures for creating new academic years within SIMS, pupil intake and associated activities and school leavers. 

By the end of the course delegates will be able to create a new academic year, implement pastoral structure adjustments including pastoral promotion and perform routines for new intakes including ATF & CTF, process leavers and print registration groups.  

Delegates attending this course do not required previous experience of SIMS.

SIMS Courses for Statutory Returns

SIMS Key Stage Entry

SIMS Key Stage Entry is a half day course aimed at SIMS users with responsibility for recording statutory Key Stage results.

The course covers recording results within SIMS using Key Stage wizards, creating reports for parents and exporting results to the relevant agency for KS 1 - 3 and Early Years Foundation Stage.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to import Key Stage wizards, set up the wizards with appropriate pupils, use marksheets to record teacher assessments, produce key stage reports and export the results and save into SIMS.

Delegates attending this course do not required previous experience of SIMS.

School Census

SIMS School Census is a half day course aimed at SIMS users with responsibility for producing the School Census return.

The course covers preparation for the School Census return and the procedure for creating and correcting errors.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to ensure school details are correct, create and validate a return, resolve any validation errors, authorise a return and print detailed and summary reports of the return.

Delegates attending this course do not require previous experience of SIMS.

School Workforce Census

SIMS SWC is a half day course aimed at SIMS users with responsibility for producing the School Workforce Census return.

The course covers procedures for system configuration and preparation for the return, producing the return and resolving data issues.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to perform the system set up required for SWC, review and edit staff data required for SWC, produce the SWC and rectify validation errors and queries.

Delegates attending this course do not require previous experience of SIMS.

SIMS Courses for Secondary Schools

SIMS Lesson Monitor

SIMS Lesson Monitor course is aimed at SIMS users with responsibility for the day to day recording and management of school attendance.

The course covers procedures for recording and editing attendance marks, producing attendance letters to send home and reporting on a variety of attendance codes.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to enter and edit attendance marks, utilise functions for recording comments, minutes late and links such as class photo, utilise routines for recording attendance marks over a period of time, create templates for use with mail merge attendance letters, create user defined groups for attendance and run a variety of attendance reports.

Delegates attending this course do not require previous experience of SIMS but should be familiar with attendance policies of their school.

SIMS Cover 7

SIMS Cover 7 is aimed at SIMS users with responsibility for managing classroom staff absence and room changes.

The course covers the links between Cover 7 and other areas of SIMS and procedures for recording staff absence and assigning cover and dealing appropriately with the booking of supply staff and their personnel records.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to understand the links between Cover 7 and Personnel, record classroom staff absence, assign cover to a class and implement room changes if required, create and amend reasons for absence and room closure, maintain optional class cover rotas, record and manage supply cover, manage room closures due to exams, print cover arrangements and produce statistics on the impact of absences and closures on classes and individual students.

Delegates attending this course require a basic knowledge of SIMS and an understanding of cover polices within their school.

SIMS Course Manager & Post 16 Learning Aims

SIMS Course Manager and Post 16 Learning Aims is suitable for Academic Administrators, Exam Officers and staff responsible for the Post 16 Learning Aims return.

This course explores how the functionalities of course manager links to areas such as Nova-T6, academic management and examinations organiser, the process of how to effectively prepare your data for the census return and generating the return itself.

Delegates attending this course should be familiar with SIMS and the academic processes within their school.
 

SIMS Courses for Senior Leaders

An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls aims to bring about an improved understanding of how to manage an inspection.

The course explores how SIMS can be used effectively to prepare for an inspection and to provide information efficiently during the inspection.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to understand the OFSTED process, run pre-defined reports for SEF statistics, understand how assessment in SIMS can be used to analyse pupil progress and support self-evaluation, create user defined fields to capture information specific to the school and gain a wider knowledge of behaviour management within SIMS.

Delegates attending this course do not require previous experience of SIMS.

SIMS and the Senior Leader

SIMS & the Senior Leader is aimed at Senior Leaders who wish to effectively use the data held within SIMS to inform decision making.

The course uses a number of different scenarios to explore how SIMS can support the work and management of Senior Leaders.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to personalise the Homepage for senior leaders, utilise the pupil/teacher view and links menu, gain a wider knowledge of behaviour, management within SIMS, analyse pupil progress and create marksheets for the recording of assessments and run pre-defined reports within SIMS from both pupil and personnel records.

Delegates attending this course require a basic knowledge of SIMS.

SIMS Behaviour Management

SIMS Behaviour Management course is for School staff with pastoral and/or administrative responsibility for student behaviour and achievement monitoring.

The course covers how to record, monitor and manage its pupil's behaviour and achievements, including detentions and the use of report cards.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to set up and configure the Behaviour Management area in SIMS, edit relevant lookup tables to meet the needs of and terminology used in your school, use the behaviour and achievement recording routines for both individuals and groups of pupils, set up and administer individual and scheduled detentions including letters to parents, create report cards to enable the monitoring of session/lesson behaviour and generate pre-defined reports on the data held in this area.

Delegates attending this course require a basic knowledge of SIMS and an understanding of how behaviour and achievements are currently recorded, reported and analysed in their school and the school's future ambitions in this area.

 

SIMS Courses for Assessment

SIMS Tracking Pupil Progress

SIMS Tracking Pupil Progress is aimed at SIMS users in primary schools with responsibility for assessment co-ordination and administration.

The course covers procedures to import and create all elements of marksheets and tracking grids so that data can be used to analyse pupil progress.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to understand what tracking resources are available and how to import them, understand marksheets and column headings, understand how to set up marksheets and enter formulae to perform calculations, use analysis functions within marksheets and create pupil tracking grids.

Delegates attending this course do not require previous experience of SIMS but should be familiar with their school assessment policy.

SIMS Assessment Essentials

SIMS Assessment Essentials course aimed at SIMS users in primary and secondary schools with responsibility for assessment co-ordination and administration.

The course covers procedures to customise tracking resources to a schools assessment policy. By the end of the course delegates will be able to create, clone and customise tracking marksheets templates and tracking grid templates, create user defined tracking grid & marksheets templates and import results from Excel spreadsheets.

Delegates attending this course should be familiar with their school assessment policy.

SIMS Courses for Reporting

SIMS Reporting Essesntials

SIMS Reporting Essentials  course is aimed at any SIMS user who wishes to view or report upon data held within SIMS.

The course covers extracting information held within SIMS using both reports contained within SIMS and creating reports specific to the requires of the school.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to run reports pre-defined within SIMS, amend pre-defined reports within SIMS, utilise the Report Design Function, create user defined reports, choose formats for report presentation and perform analysis on data from SIMS.

Delegates attending this course do not require any previous experience of SIMS.

SIMS Reporting Extended

SIMS Reporting Extended course is aimed at any SIMS user who wishes to extend their knowledge of reporting functions within SIMS.

The course covers advanced features of reporting, designing of templates and extending the use of RTF formats.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to produce mail merged documents, modify templates to change the appearance of reports, utilise RFT as an output for reports, incorporate headed paper into reports, create reports containing information from different modules of SIMS and produce charts in Excel related reports.

Delegates attending this course should have attended SIMS Reporting Essentials course and have previous experience of the system.

SIMS Reporting on Attendance

SIMS Reporting on Attendance is a half day course for staff responsible for organising and monitoring of statutory attendance.

This course takes delegates through the reporting capabilities of SIMS Attendance to enable the software to be used as efficiently and effectively as possible in school.

By the end of the course you'll be able to generate pre-defined SIMS attendance reports, create and generate attendance letters in SIMS and save these in a pupils linked documents and set up and analyse attendance and real-time data on the SIMS Homepage.

Delegates attending this course require a basic knowledge of SIMS and need to be familiar with attendance procedures in their school.

SIMS Reporting on SEN

SIMS Reporting on SEN is a half day course for staff from schools that are already recording SEN data in SIMS.

During the course you'll learn how to make the most effective use of SEN information stored in SIMS.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to generate pre-defined SEN reports, customise the SEN Review letter, create analysis reports based on SEN information, produce personalised letters for parents of SEN pupils, produce simple reports with a filter relevant to SEN pupils and modify the SIMS Homepage to receive information about SEN pupils.

Delegates attending this course require a basic knowledge of SIMS and need to be familiar with SEN procedures in their school.

SIMS Reporting from Personnel

SIMS Reporting from Personnel is a half day course for staff who would like to report on the personnel data held with SIMS.

By the end of course delegates will be able to run and preview existing reports, design and run their own reports, edit existing reports, create new reports from existing ones and manage their reports.

Delegates attending this course require a working knowledge of SIMS and need to be familiar with the personnel area of SIMS.

SIMS Reporting on Behaviour & Achievement

SIMS Reporting on Behaviour & Achievement is a half day course for staff with pastoral responsibilities who are already recording data in SIMS Behaviour Management.

This course is tailored to help delegates understand how to make the best use of behaviour and achievement data collected in SIMS.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to run pre-defined achievement and behaviour reports, create analysis reports based on behaviour and achievement data, produce personalised letters based on a behaviour or achievement event, design and filter reports relevant to behaviour or achievement and modify the SIMS Homepage to receive information about behaviour and achievement events.

Delegates attending this course require a working knowledge of SIMS.
 

SIMS Training Tailored to Your School

Learning & Development are now able to offer an onsite training package for schools.

The onsite package enables up to 6 staff to attend SIMS training at a time and date convenient to the school.

All of the SIMS courses listed above are available as part of this package. We are also able to design and deliver onsite courses combining different elements of SIMS, for a bespoke package tailored to the requirements of individual schools.

All resources required for the training are provided by Learning & Development.

Onsite packages can be booked during term time and school holidays and are available as full day @ £525 or as half day @ £385.

For further information, please email [email protected] 
 

Booking Information

All courses are a full day unless otherwise stated; full day courses cost £150 per delegate and half day courses are £100 per delegate.
  • Full day courses start at 9.30am and end at 4.00pm with registration from 9.15am.
  • Half day courses start at 9.30am and end at 12.30pm with registration from 9.15am.
Venue details will be confirmed 7 days prior to the training. Lunch and refreshments are not provided.

To book a place on any SIMS training course: Email [email protected] stating the name and date of the course.

Your booking will be confirmed via return of email within 48 hours.

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel a booking for SIMS training the following charges will apply:
 
  • Within 1 week of the course date or failure to attend - 100% of the course cost
  • Within 2 weeks of the course date - 75% of the course costs
  • Within 4 weeks of the course date - 50% of the course costs
All Cancellations must be confirmed via email to l[email protected] We reserve the right to cancel a course due to insufficient numbers up to 7 days prior to the course start date