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SIMS User Group Meeting – Thursday 28th June 2018

Written by Sims On Friday, 27 April 2018 15:10

SIMS User Group Meeting

Date:    Thursday 28th June 2018

Time:    2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Venue: John Locke Academy, Bader Way, Uxbridge UB10 0FW (Tel: 01895 717701)

The SimsforSchools team would like to invite you to join us for our next user group meeting where we will give an update on new and planned developments in SIMS. We would also welcome any SIMS related topics that you would like us to cover during the session.  Please forward any suggestions to the SimsforSchool team.

We look forward to seeing you at this terms session.

Refreshments will be provided.

**If you are planning to attend this meeting, can you please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as confirmation**

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Summer 2018 School Census - 17th May 2018

Written by Sims On Wednesday, 25 April 2018 14:49

 

Please login and go to the School Census Category to download the relevant preparation / production notes for your school.

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Known Issue - Software crash on address data entry/amendment

Written by Sims On Monday, 23 April 2018 14:08

 

Software crash on address data entry/amendment

Since the installation of the latest SIMS Spring upgrade users may experience problems where the software crashes when address details are entered or amended anywhere on the database. This is due to out of date system files on your workstation. Every workstation should be running on Dot Net framework 4.5 or the latest version. This should have been installed via routine Windows updates. Therefore, you are advised to check with your IT support company to ensure your machine is running on an up to date version of the software.

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Y Code to be used for Snow Day in Sims Attendance

Written by Sims On Thursday, 01 March 2018 13:08

Y Code to be used for Snow Day in Sims Attendance

 

Please note that if your school is closed to students due to inclement weather conditions such as snow, you will need to add a Y code to the whole school in Attendance.

This can be done in Sims via:-

Focus | Attendance | Exceptional Circumstances

Click on 'New'

Enter the From and To Dates

Under Group Type choose 'Whole School'

Click on 'Search'

At the bottom of the screen choose Code 'Y Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances'

Under 'Description' type in 'School closed due to snow'

Click on 'Apply'

You should then see a message that the marks have been applied.

*It is also possible to enter the Y code for individual students, classes or year groups by selecting the relevant Group Type.

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GDPR and Capita SIMS

Written by Sims On Friday, 09 February 2018 10:41

The DfE have suggested questions that schools should ask of their MIS Suppliers and Capita have responded to these in the linked document.

It is advisable for all schools to refer to these answers.

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Children Missing in Education

Written by Sims On Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:36

 

Please log in and go to the SIMS General category to access a PowerPoint presentation explaining the routine in Sims for providing CTF information to the local authority in relation to CME - Joiners or Leavers.

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School Census Collection Dates - Academic Year 2017/2018

Written by Sims On Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:09

School Census collection dates for the academic year 2017/2018 are:

Autumn Term:   Thursday 5th October 2017

Spring Term:     Thursday 18th January 2018

Summer Term:  Thursday 17th May 2018

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New Interventions Module

Written by Sims On Monday, 08 May 2017 11:38

Please log in and go to the SIMS General category to access a PowerPoint presentation giving details of the new Interventions module which has been created to assist schools in setting up, running and monitoring interventions for those pupils/students not achieving as expected.

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New Academic Year Option on Home Page

Written by Sims On Monday, 05 December 2016 10:33

As part of the SIMS Autumn upgrade a new feature has been added to enable users to select the current Academic Year by clicking on the hyperlink at the top of their Home Page. Each user will be required to make this selection on their individual machine.

This ensures that leavers from previous academic years can successfully be selected for CTF exports when selecting option 'Leavers previous academic year' as well as providing a quicker route for setting the academic year. 

No other areas in SIMS are affected by changes made to this field.

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Proficiency in English Report

Written by Sims On Monday, 26 September 2016 10:24

To assist you with recording the new Proficiency in English assessments needed for the Autumn School Census, we have designed a report which has been imported into your SIMS system.

The report can be found in  Reports | Run Report.  Choose Focus and then Student then Proficiency in English (Primary or Secondary).

This will display the names of all pupils whose first language is not English with their Date of Assessment and Proficiency Level - by registration group.

This should assist you in checking which students you have already assessed and which you need to assess.

If you are unable to see this report please contact the SIMS helpdesk - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Welcome to SIMS For Schools

Support and guidance in the use of SIMS software (and related issues) is provided by our team of professional, dedicated staff who all have experience of working in the school environment. Advice is provided for the production of DFE and LA statutory returns and how to maximise the effectiveness of school data and thus reduce administrative burdens. Specialist training courses are provided in a dedicated training room and a number of training sessions are included in the support package free each year. The SIMS helpdesk is available between the hours of 8am - 5pm during term time and from 10am - 4pm during school holidays.Support and guidance in the use of SIMS software (and related issues) is provided by our team of professional, dedicated staff who all have experience of working in the school environment. Advice is provided for the production of DFE and LA statutory returns and how to maximise the effectiveness of school data and thus reduce administrative burdens. Specialist training courses are provided in a dedicated training room and a number of training sessions are included in the support package free each year.

The SIMS helpdesk is available between the hours of 8am - 5pm during term time and from 10am - 4pm during school holidays.

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    SIMS User Group Meeting – Thursday 28th June 2018

    SIMS User Group Meeting

    Date:    Thursday 28th June 2018

    Time:    2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

    Venue: John Locke Academy, Bader Way, Uxbridge UB10 0FW (Tel: 01895 717701)

    The SimsforSchools team would like to invite you to join us for our next user group meeting where we will give an update on new and planned developments in SIMS. We would also welcome any SIMS related topics that you would like us to cover during the session.  Please forward any suggestions to the SimsforSchool team.

    We look forward to seeing you at this terms session.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    **If you are planning to attend this meeting, can you please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as confirmation**

    Summer 2018 School Census - 17th May 2018

     

    Please login and go to the School Census Category to download the relevant preparation / production notes for your school.

    Known Issue - Software crash on address data entry/amendment

     

    Software crash on address data entry/amendment

    Since the installation of the latest SIMS Spring upgrade users may experience problems where the software crashes when address details are entered or amended anywhere on the database. This is due to out of date system files on your workstation. Every workstation should be running on Dot Net framework 4.5 or the latest version. This should have been installed via routine Windows updates. Therefore, you are advised to check with your IT support company to ensure your machine is running on an up to date version of the software.

    Y Code to be used for Snow Day in Sims Attendance

    Y Code to be used for Snow Day in Sims Attendance

     

    Please note that if your school is closed to students due to inclement weather conditions such as snow, you will need to add a Y code to the whole school in Attendance.

    This can be done in Sims via:-

    Focus | Attendance | Exceptional Circumstances

    Click on 'New'

    Enter the From and To Dates

    Under Group Type choose 'Whole School'

    Click on 'Search'

    At the bottom of the screen choose Code 'Y Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances'

    Under 'Description' type in 'School closed due to snow'

    Click on 'Apply'

    You should then see a message that the marks have been applied.

    *It is also possible to enter the Y code for individual students, classes or year groups by selecting the relevant Group Type.

    GDPR and Capita SIMS

    The DfE have suggested questions that schools should ask of their MIS Suppliers and Capita have responded to these in the linked document.

    It is advisable for all schools to refer to these answers.

    Children Missing in Education

     

    Please log in and go to the SIMS General category to access a PowerPoint presentation explaining the routine in Sims for providing CTF information to the local authority in relation to CME - Joiners or Leavers.

    School Census Collection Dates - Academic Year 2017/2018

    School Census collection dates for the academic year 2017/2018 are:

    Autumn Term:   Thursday 5th October 2017

    Spring Term:     Thursday 18th January 2018

    Summer Term:  Thursday 17th May 2018

    New Interventions Module

    Please log in and go to the SIMS General category to access a PowerPoint presentation giving details of the new Interventions module which has been created to assist schools in setting up, running and monitoring interventions for those pupils/students not achieving as expected.

    New Academic Year Option on Home Page

    As part of the SIMS Autumn upgrade a new feature has been added to enable users to select the current Academic Year by clicking on the hyperlink at the top of their Home Page. Each user will be required to make this selection on their individual machine.

    This ensures that leavers from previous academic years can successfully be selected for CTF exports when selecting option 'Leavers previous academic year' as well as providing a quicker route for setting the academic year. 

    No other areas in SIMS are affected by changes made to this field.

    Proficiency in English Report

    To assist you with recording the new Proficiency in English assessments needed for the Autumn School Census, we have designed a report which has been imported into your SIMS system.

    The report can be found in  Reports | Run Report.  Choose Focus and then Student then Proficiency in English (Primary or Secondary).

    This will display the names of all pupils whose first language is not English with their Date of Assessment and Proficiency Level - by registration group.

    This should assist you in checking which students you have already assessed and which you need to assess.

    If you are unable to see this report please contact the SIMS helpdesk - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

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