Latest News & Information

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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Spring 2018 School Census - Known Issues

Written by Sims On Thursday, 18 January 2018 08:38

 

TABLES 15 & 16

The DfE have confirmed that Tables 15 and 16 on the Summary report are reporting incorrect figures - last year's dates have been applied so the wrong age children are being included.  An Attendance summary report is available from the Detail Reports section for schools to check their attendance data.

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Spring 2018 School Census - Selected Time for Class Information

Written by Sims On Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:15

Selected Time for Class Information

Details are required of all classes running at the selected time on census day (18 January 2018).

The ‘selected time’ is based on the last digit of a school’s departmental establishment number as follows:

Last Digit of DfE Number Selected Time
4, 7, 8 or 9 One hour/period after the start of afternoon school
0, 1 or 5 One hour/period after the start of morning school
2, 3 or 6 One hour/period before the end of morning school

Where the selected time is not appropriate to the school timetable. i.e. where the selected time is when the whole school or a large proportion of the school is in an assembly with the head teacher, schools can choose an hour / period that reflects a ‘normal’ class situation that applies at the selected time each Thursday of the term.

Do not record unusual situations (such as class amalgamation or school closure) which may have occurred on census day due, for example, to staff training or absence, severe weather conditions or religious observances.

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SIMS User Group Meeting – Thursday 22nd March 2018

Written by Sims On Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:14

 

SIMS User Group Meeting

Date:    Thursday 22nd March 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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SIMS Newsletter - December 2017

Written by Sims On Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:11

Please click here to access the December 2017 issue of the SIMS Newsletter containing information regarding the latest upgrade as well as other news.

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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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Spring 2018 School Census - 18th January 2018

Written by Sims On Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:05

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

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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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Y Code to be used for Snow Day in Sims Attendance

Written by Sims On Monday, 11 December 2017 15:01

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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Autumn 2017 School Workforce Census - 2nd November 2017

Written by Sims On Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:52

Please login and go to the School Workforce Census category to download the preparation notes and producing notes for this return.

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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.

  • Latest News

    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.

    Spring 2018 School Census - Known Issues

     

    TABLES 15 & 16

    The DfE have confirmed that Tables 15 and 16 on the Summary report are reporting incorrect figures - last year's dates have been applied so the wrong age children are being included.  An Attendance summary report is available from the Detail Reports section for schools to check their attendance data.

    Spring 2018 School Census - Selected Time for Class Information

    Selected Time for Class Information

    Details are required of all classes running at the selected time on census day (18 January 2018).

    The ‘selected time’ is based on the last digit of a school’s departmental establishment number as follows:

    Last Digit of DfE Number Selected Time
    4, 7, 8 or 9 One hour/period after the start of afternoon school
    0, 1 or 5 One hour/period after the start of morning school
    2, 3 or 6 One hour/period before the end of morning school

    Where the selected time is not appropriate to the school timetable. i.e. where the selected time is when the whole school or a large proportion of the school is in an assembly with the head teacher, schools can choose an hour / period that reflects a ‘normal’ class situation that applies at the selected time each Thursday of the term.

    Do not record unusual situations (such as class amalgamation or school closure) which may have occurred on census day due, for example, to staff training or absence, severe weather conditions or religious observances.

    SIMS User Group Meeting – Thursday 22nd March 2018

     

    SIMS User Group Meeting

    Date:    Thursday 22nd March 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**

    SIMS Newsletter - December 2017

    Please click here to access the December 2017 issue of the SIMS Newsletter containing information regarding the latest upgrade as well as other news.

    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.

    Spring 2018 School Census - 18th January 2018

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

    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

    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.

    Autumn 2017 School Workforce Census - 2nd November 2017

    Please login and go to the School Workforce Census category to download the preparation notes and producing notes for this return.

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