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Chromebook Review

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Mini Bett Resource

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Connect-Up Support Services introduce their new Mini Bett Resource e-book.

Did you know SIMS Can Support you to Track your pupil premium children?

  • You are able to identify the barriers to learning for pupil premium children in your school
  • Alert you when pupil premium children meet the barriers and as pupils make progress in overcoming them
  • Track the impact of the support strategies implemented

Video Link below;

Watch the Capita on-line video to see how

SIMS School Census Summer 2015 Page


Please find the user guides below which provides information on preparing and producing the summer 2015 census return.

Preparing Guides for Schools 

Preparing The School Census Summer 2015 Return (Primary Schools, Special and PRU)

Preparing The School Census Summer 2015 Return (Secondary Schools)

Producing Guides for Schools

Producing The School Census Summer 2015 Return (Primary Schools)

Producing The School Census Summer 2015 Return (Special Schools) 

Producing The School Census Summer 2015 Return (Secondary Schools) 

Producing The School Census Summer 2015 Return (PRU Schools)  

Error & Resolutions Booklet

School Census Academic year 2014/2015 Validation Errors and Resolutions


Known Error Codes

* 2935 – will show as a failure code but this is still under investigation due to this being a new panel for ‘childcare places’ on the school census return.

* 2940 – will show as a failure code but this is still under investigation due to this being a new panel for ‘childcare places’ on the school census return.

CAPITA Spring 2015 Release Notes

This page contains important information regarding the SIMS & FMS Update information.

  • Once SIMS is updated this will be on version 7.162
  • Once FMS has been updated this will be on version 6.162

SIMS_Spring_2015_Combined_Release_Note SIMS_Spring_2015_English_Secondary_Release_Note


SIMS Year End 2015 Information Page

With schools now preparing for their year end within the SIMS software it’s important for pupils to be recorded in the correct classes, year groups and structures. The information contained below has a number of useful guides and quick reference sheets which you may find useful for completing your year end.


We also offer interactive courses on the year end process along with how to deal with admissions and CTF’s, these can be booked via our SIMS Crowd Booking Page.

Adding School Academic Year Dates 2015-2016





Dealing With CTF’s

QRS- Admissions

QRS – House_Keeping_Routines

QRS- Managing_Common_Transfer_Files

Date Of Birth Chart for 2015 Year


FMS Year End Information for Schools

With schools now preparing for their end of year for finance, we have put together a list of the Leeds City Council Documents to which you may find of use.

Also enclosed on this page is the FMS User Manual Version 6.140 which is a user guide on using the different areas within the FMS software.

Year End Documentation for Schools:

FMS Version (6.140) FMS User Manual

Closedown 2014-15 School OSL&OSD Form

Closedown 2014-15 schools SIMS_FMS


Highlights of the SIMS Autumn release 7.161

Nick Finnemore the Head Of Product Management explains about some of the new features within SIMS… logo


With the new school year now in full swing, schools across the country are dealing with an array of changes to the new curriculum. SIMS is constantly evolving to help schools manage these changes effectively, which is why the Autumn release has a range of new enhancements and features that will make life easier for school leaders, teachers, technical and admin staff. Here are some of my top highlights:

1. New School Report

Reports | School Report

One of the big news items for SIMS this autumn is the new School Report. This feature provides an instant overview of your school, based on the latest data held in SIMS. This will give school management teams an insight into their current pupil numbers, attendance, achievement and behaviour information as well as some Assessment data for Key Stage 2 and 4, for which you will need to complete the assessment mapping first. There’s the option to view either a long or short version of the report and you can export it into pdf or excel so that you can share it with key stakeholders in your school.

2. Responding to the national curriculum changes

The removal of levels in the new national curriculum is one of the biggest challenges currently facing schools. We’re confident that SIMS can provide a solution for your school, whichever approach you choose to take. We have already made some notable enhancements to the New Curriculum Progress Grids for the Autumn release. These include:

  • A replacement for the original DfE-aligned outcomes of pupils being ‘at expected’, ‘above expected’, or ‘below expected’. The language used within the Early Years Foundation Stage has been extended into KS1 and KS2 so that attainment can be recorded against knowledge descriptors as either ‘Emerging’, ‘Developing’, ‘Secure’ or ‘Mastered’.
  • Foundation subjects have been split so that each subject now has its own separate tab.
  • An ‘overall assessment’ has been introduced so that teachers can apply a judgement to each subject and record what stage of the National Curriculum a pupil is working within.
  • Values have been introduced to individual statements of knowledge to allow for the reporting and analysis of information.

With these changes to the Progress Grids teachers can now record achievement against all of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study (PoS) in a simple traffic light display, whether a pupil is ‘emerging’ and just starting  to learn a new skill, ‘developing’ showing an increased understanding in that area, or ‘secure’ when they  have achieved expectations. Teachers can also go on to indicate if a child has ‘mastered’ a skill upon  gathering further evidence of deeper understanding being shown.

Any attainment data recorded through the progress grids in Autumn will feed into the completely new assessment without levels solution being introduced in Spring. This includes a new screen for more efficient recording of achievement against the entire National Curriculum PoS and will be linked to instant analysis and individual reports.

3. Support for Universal Infant Free School Meals

With schools being paid funding for each meal taken by newly universal infant free school meal pupils, you need peace of mind that all pupils are being charged correctly. SIMS Dinner Money reports can now identify Universal Infant Free School Meal numbers separately from paid and Free School Meals, ensuring that all school records are accurate and reflect changes in government policy.

4. Enhanced Quick Search

The SIMS quick search facility helps you save time when you need to find pupil details, a birthday, a car registration or a particular home or email address.

SIMS now has enhanced the quick search to make it even quicker and easier to find information. For example, currently the hashtag search relies on knowing search terms such as #B for a birthday list or #A for an email or part of an address, where you don’t know the full information.  We’ve adjusted this to use plain English for search terms instead of hashtags, for example you can now search for ‘Year 7 Boys’ instead of ‘#Y 7 #M’.

The search has also been extended to include user defined fields, wildcard search (Sm?th), age search, finding a sibling and setting up shortcuts for frequently used searches. All of these adjustments have been made to save valuable time for schools and I hope will encourage many of you to try out quick search when you next need to find something!

Prize Draw: Winner

Firstly I would like to thank all those who took the time to complete our customer surveys and you were very kind with your feedback.

Following the compilation of all 4 surveys results, placed in chronological order and then drawn by a representative onsite at Holy Family Catholic Primary, I can announce the winner as Sue Green at Burley Park Children’s Centre. Sue will receive her £25 M&S vouchers shortly.

Following the success of this exercise we have scheduled another survey in November which will be another prize draw.

If I could ask for suggestions of the prize for the draw be sent to myself via email:

Darren Rose

MIS Consultant

0113 2105008


Anti Virus Update

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The Latest Technology Working For You

Exploit Blocker: A powerful defence against threats avoiding detection. Stops attacks on  browsers, document readers and email clients.

Advanced Memory Scanner: Gives you extra protection from heavily-encrypted malware. Scans for threats directly in the system‘s memory.

Lighter, Faster build: Extremely small updates and ESET‘s cloud-powered scanning delivers faster scans.


Good browsing practices can take you pretty far. If you aren’t browsing non-approved sites, downloading files from suspicious sources, and clicking links from people you don’t know, you’ll put yourself at less risk for viruses. But you can still get infected

Many people think that you can only get malware by downloading suspicious files, running unpatched software, visiting the wrong websites, and doing other irresponsible things, but this isn’t the only way malware can spread.

There are “zero-day” exploits – vulnerabilities that the bad guys find first. Ones we don’t know about, which we can’t protect ourselves from. These flaws are corrected as soon as they’re found, but new ones inevitably pop up.

In other words, your computer could be infected just from you visiting a website. Even if you only visit websites you trust, the website itself could be compromised – something that happens with alarming frequency these days.