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Series 1300 Filesets for SIMS Summer Release 2019

15 Jul 14:45 SIMS Newsfeed – Series 1300 Filesets for SIMS Summer Release 2019

 

Updated 15/07/2019 at 14.45 – Fileset 1302

Fileset 1302 is available from SOLUS 3 and as a download from Here.  It includes the following changes compared to Fileset 1300, which was included with the SIMS 7 Summer Release 2019.

 

School Census Autumn 2019 (State Schools in England)

Updated 01/08/2019 at 11:55 – Fileset 1302

Fileset 1302 is available from SOLUS 3 and as a download from My Account. It includes the following changes compared to Fileset 1300.

School Census Autumn 2019 (State Schools in England)

Beta version of the DfE validation (Beta of the DfE summary report is not included)

School Workforce Census 2019 (State School in England)

No change.

Other

Deals with the problem caused to the Exams PI report by Fileset 1301.

 

School Census Autumn 2019 (State Schools in England)

No change

School Workforce Census 2019 (State School in England)

No change.

Other

Deals with the problem caused to the Exams PI report by Fileset 1301.

Updated 17/07/2019 at 14:50 – Fileset 1301

*** Withdrawn ***

We have received a report that importing Fileset 1301 breaks the PI Report, which will be used by many secondary schools.  We are withdrawing the fileset while we investigate.  Such a problem with Fileset 1301 could be solved by the import of a replacement fileset (1302).

Fileset 1301 is available from SOLUS 3. It includes the following changes compared to Fileset 1300, which was included with the SIMS 7 Summer Release 2019.

School Census Autumn 2019 (State Schools in England)

Beta version of the DfE validation and summary report.

School Workforce Census 2019 (State School in England)

No change.

 

CTF 18 (England and Wales) and CME files (England only)

Items related to the CTF import contact issue are excluded from the newsfeed, as specific information for that area is available from our CTF 17/18 Contact Issue newsfeed.

 

IMPORTANT: 2019 Spring Release awareness regarding CTF imports

28/06/2019

Date 02/07/2019 13:00

Following our previous note regarding CTF imports for SIMS Spring 2019, we can confirm that a patch to address this will be available by Friday 5th July.

The patch will be included in the SIMS Summer 2019 release and will not affect those that have already applied the patch to the SIMS Spring 2019 release. The SIMS Summer 2019 release will be delayed until next week (w/c 8th June) as a result.

 

28/06/2019

We have identified a specific scenario which has affected CTF imports for a handful of schools who have taken the SIMS Spring 2019 release.

The specific scenario arises when a contact exists in SIMS and an imported CTF contains this existing SIMS contact (e.g. sibling) and a new contact with the same surname, forename and gender.  Following the CTF import the new contacts telephone number and email address are appended to the existing contact held in SIMS. The pupil associated with the new contact (in the CTF file) is also incorrectly linked to the existing contact held in SIMS.

A database patch which addresses this scenario has been developed and is currently being tested.  Testing will continue over the weekend and we will provide a further update on Monday 1 July.  Our advice is not to use the CTF mechanism to import pupil and contact details from other schools until this database patch is available and applied to SIMS.

Capita ESS apologises for any impact to our customers that may be affected.  We will keep you informed as information becomes available. 

 

Update 04/04/2019

IMPORTANT: SIMS 2019 Spring Release – CTF Incident (Update on 08 April 2019)

 

IMPORTANT: SIMS 2019 Spring Release – CTF Incident (Update on 08 April 2019)

SIMS Spring 2019 Database Patch 24836 is available via Solus and addresses a CTF issue identified with the SIMS 7 Spring 2019 Release 7.186 which has been raised by one school. Once the SIMS Spring 2019 Release is applied please also apply Patch 24836 to prevent this potential CTF issue.  For Capita Hosted SIMS 7 customers, the Spring 2019 Release was applied on 29th March and Patch 24836 is scheduled to be deployed overnight on 8th April.

If you are on the SIMS Spring 2019 Release and have since imported a CTF which included contact addresses, then please contact your usual support provider for more information.

 

IMPORTANT: 2019 Spring Release – CTF Incident (Update on 04 April 2019)

Our investigation is now complete following our communication yesterday (03 April 2019) about the CTF incident.  A patch will be available early next week for schools who have taken the Spring 2019 Release.

Once the SIMS Spring update is taken please apply this patch to ensure the potential CTF issue is addressed.  For Capita Hosted SIMS customers, the Spring release was applied on 29th March and the patch will be applied as soon as it is available.

Once again Capita ESS apologises for any concern or impact to our schools and their support partners that may have arisen from this incident.

Please see My Account if you would like specific further details on the incident or contact your local support unit.

IMPORTANT: 2019 Spring Release – When this unique CTF Incident occurs (Update on 04 April 2019)

 

If a school imports a CTF into the SIMS Spring 2019 release that contains a person with an incomplete address that is missing all of the following:

  • house name or number
  • apartment number
  • Postcode

The incomplete address details will be inserted into any learner contacts being added by the CTF file who have no address record.  In other words, incorrect partial data would be inserted into all blank addresses against new contact records.

Also incomplete address details will be inserted into SIMS where a learner contact already exists in SIMS and the same learner contact is present in the CTF, and neither have an address record.  In other words, incorrect partial data would be inserted into a blank address against an existing contact record.

“Street Name”, “Locality”, “Town” and “Region” information (i.e. partial address) would be transferred in both instances.

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29/03/2019 at 13:00 – LA boundary changes

As you probably know, our SIMS 7 Spring Release 2019 put in place the revised list of LAs, which includes 838 (Dorset) and 839 (Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole). From the 01/04/2019 the DfE expects these new LA numbers to be used for CTF imports and exports. In a few cases a new establishment number has also been allocated.

14/02/2019 at 12:25 – CTF versions supported

01/08/2018 to 31/07/2019 (inclusive)
File version 17

Import only

File version 18

Import and export

Updated 20/09/2018 at 10:45 – Service child concerns (England only) – Patches Available

The Summer release added a grid for Service Children Concerns to the Addition Information panel of Pupil Details to allow schools to record concerns that the current school or previous school had regarding a child with a parent serving in the Armed Forces. The Concerns are held completely separately to the Service Children in Education flag, as it is quite possible for a pupil to have been a service child in the past but for them to no longer be a service child. If a record exists indicating a concern for an earlier date, it might be sensible for a school to add a record for a later date to indicate ‘no concerns’ on that date. It might also be sensible to enter a ‘no concern record’ when a pupil is currently a service child. However, it is not advisable to add ‘no concerns’ records for pupils who are not currently and have not previously been a service child, as this might be taken to indicate that they were previous a service child with a concern.

CTF 18 was updated to include the export and import of the Service Children Concerns but unfortunately there is an issue with our CTF 18 Export routine that results in ‘no concern’ records being added to the file when the Service Children Concerns table is blank. On import these become ‘no concern’ records for pupils who may never have been service children.  Two patches are available to support units on SOLUS 3 to deal with this issue.

  1. Patch 24298 corrects the coding mistake in CTF 18 Export so that ‘no concern’ is only included in the CTF file when ‘no concern’ has been entered by the exporting school.  This patch does not change CTF 18 Import, as there is no way for the software to distinguish between ‘no concerns’ included because of our mistake and the inclusion of legitimate ‘no concerns’.
  2. Patch 24313 removes any ‘no concerns’ records that are found in SIMS where a record does not also exist indicating an actual ‘concern’.

The Service Children Concerns are not included in information sent to the DfE in the School & Pupil Census returns.

Added 04/09/2018 at 12:40 – CME files for leavers (England only)

Some schools are concerned that they forgot to use CTF functionality to provide CME (Children Missing Education) files to their LA for pupils who left the school at the end of the academic year.  Although this may well be an issue for some of the schools in this position, it is also possible that this is not an issue.  There are two possible reasons why this may not be an issue.

  1. The government legislation for CME only insists on information being provided outside of normal phase transfers and many of the pupils who left the school at the end of the year may will have been for a normal phase transfer, e.g. leaving a primary school at the end of year 6 to join a secondary school for the start of year 7.  However, some LAs will always ask for the CME leavers information as end of phase transfer can be difficult to define, e.g. LAs with tradition independent schools may have pupils transferring from prep school to pupil schools at age 14.
  2. The government legislation for CME only insist on the information being provided and CTF is just one of several ways in which such information can be provided, e.g. some LAs provide a website for entering the necessary information.

Added 03/09/2018 at 17:15 – ULN and URN

On the 1st August the CTF version moved on by one year as normal. This means that CTF Export will provide CTF 18 format files, rather than CTF 17 format files, and CTF Import will accept CTF 17 and 18 format files, rather than CTF 16 and 17 format files. The main impact of introducing the CTF 18 format files is that the school’s URN (Unique Reference Number) is mandatory, in addition to the school’s Establishment Number (LA number + school number).

We understand that the CTF files provided via S2S for adding ULN (Unique Learner Number) for learners is still in CTF 16 format, that is no longer supported for CTF Import. The DfE will be dealing with this matter shortly, but for the moment we must caution against making manual changes to the file names and content of CTF files to ‘trick’ CTF Import into accepting them, as the formats for CTF 16 and CTF 18 are not compatible.

Added 02/08/2018 at 18:00 – The CTF 17 newsfeed will be maintained beyond it normal closure date of 1st  August

As you know, for all schools that have upgraded to the SIMS 7 Summer Release 2018, CTF Export will use the format for CTF 18 instead of CTF 17 from the 1st August.  My normal procedure would be to reflect this in the My Account notification area by making the newsfeed for CTF 17 unavailable.  However, this year I will leave the newsfeed for CTF 17 available so that all items related to our problem with CTF import of contact data is kept available from a single newsfeed.

I have added a link from this newsfeed to the CTF 17 newsfeed and I have also added a link from the CTF 17 newsfeed to this newsfeed.

Added 23/03/2018 at 12:10 – Change Requests 

After the Easter break my colleagues and I will be going through the change requests logged by customers to help decide what improvements would should be making in the future.  With that in mind I recommend you view existing change requests for CTF and add votes and new items to ensure that your wishes are taking into account.  I have outlined below some the methods I have found helpful for viewing and updating the change request for CTF.

Viewing CTF Change Requests

  1. Go to the My Account home page and click on Customer Services | View Change Requests.
  2. Select ‘CTF (Excluding NI)’ as the Product and add further filters as necessary before clicking on Search.
  3. Browse the existing change request and click on any where you want to Agree or Disagree.

Adding CTF Change Requests

  1. Either click the Change Request button in View Change Requests or go the My Account home page and click on Customer Services | Log a Change Request
  2. Make sure that you select ‘CTF (Excluding NI)’ as the Product and fill in the remaining fields as necessary.
  3. If you have any particular opinion as to whether your request should be looked at for SIMS 7 only or SIMS Primary only, you should ensure that you mention this in the description of the request.  If you don’t specify SIMS 7 or SIMS Primary we will take it that you are requesting for both.

Added 22/03/2018 at 09:00 – Overview Presentation

Please note that version 1.0 of the CTF 18 Overview presentation is available as a ZIP from My Account.  Most of the content of this presentation will be relevant to England only, as the WG has decided that the new items will not apply to school in Wales.

 

Assessments - Frequently Asked Questions & Common Errors

Guidance on determining which pupils to include in the assessment cohort – EYFS, Phonics, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Contents:

  1. New Starters guidance Recent arrivals on roll - New pupils from overseas or with English as an additional language
  2. Pupils with English as an additional language
  3. Pupils arriving and leaving during test periods/test weeks guidance
  4. Pupils Out of year

SECTION ONE - NEW STARTERS - EYFS, Phonics, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Includes recent arrivals on roll, pupils from overseas, and pupils arriving or leaving during the spring or summer terms

Recent arrivals on roll

KS2
All pupils who sit the KS2 tests at your school must have teacher assessments submitted.
All pupils working below (B) the standard of the tests must have teacher assessments submitted, using the Pre-key Stage Framework.

Pupils whose performance cannot be established because they have just arrived in school

Schools may not have enough time before the tests to determine a pupil’s abilities or whether they are working at the overall standard of the tests. Where this is the case, the pupil must be registered in the ‘Pupil Registration’ section of NCA tools but should not take the test. They should be marked as ‘J’ (just arrived) on the attendance register.

Examples of pupils who may fit this category include:
• pupils who have arrived in school during the weeks immediately before the tests • pupils who have recently come from a different education system

(If a test is administered to a pupil who has just arrived in school, the pupil should be marked as ‘present’ and their test script must be returned for marking.)

Schools will be able to apply to then remove these newly arrived pupils during the KS2 Tables Checking exercise in September. The DfE will check each request and advise the school of the outcome.

Relevant criteria (from 2018 Tables Checking Guidance)

  • If a pupil joined the school on or since the first day of summer term (for most areas this will be 16 April 2018, but may vary ), then you may apply for them to be removed from our calculations – this may happen automatically if the school they have left has asked to include them in their own figures.
  • If you have recorded the status of a pupil as just arrived on the attendance register and you want to remove the pupil record from your school accountability measures, you must provide details of when the pupil arrived at the school.

KS1
All pupils who sit the KS1 tests at your school must have teacher assessments submitted.

If a pupil is working below the standard of the tests and KS1 Teacher Assessment Frameworks, they must be teacher assessed using the Pre-key Stage Standards.

Phonics

All pupils who sit the Phonics Screening Check at your school must have their score submitted.

EYFS

All pupils who are on roll up to the start of the late May half term should have their EYFS assessments submitted.
Pupils who arrive AFTER 31st May do not need to be submitted in the EYFS assessments. If the pupil has moved from another school, the previous school would have submitted the data.

If a child is going to remain in the EYFS the following year, you would not submit EYFS Profile judgements for them. You only submit Profile judgements if the child is moving into KS1.

New pupils with English as an additional language – general information

KS2

Pupils with EAL must be registered for the KS2 tests even if there is a valid reason why they will not take them.

Schools will be able to apply to then remove these pupils with English as an additional language if they meet the relevant criteria, during the KS2 Tables Checking exercise in September. The DfE will check each request and advise the school of the outcome.

Relevant criteria (from 2018 Tables Checking Guidance)

  • they were admitted to an English school for the first time on, or after, the start of the 2016 to 2017 academic year; and
  • they arrived from overseas prior to their admission; and
  • English is not an official language of the country they came from; and
  • English is not their first language

KS1

Teachers may not be able to provide a full TA judgement for some pupils, for example, if they have recently arrived from overseas or because of long periods of absence. Schools will still need to report a relevant TA code for these pupils when they submit their TA data.

There is no facility to apply to remove these pupils from school data for KS1 – they must be included in the assessment data.

Phonics

Pupils should not take the Phonics check if they have recently moved to the country and are unable to understand letters and sounds in English

EYFS

Teachers may not be able to provide a TA judgement for some pupils, for example, if they have recently arrived from overseas or because of long periods of absence. Schools will need to report TA code ‘A’ for these pupils when they submit their TA data.

There is no facility to apply to remove these pupils from school data for EYFS – they must be included in the assessment data.

SECTION TWO - Pupils with English as an additional language

KS2 - English tests & assessments

If pupils cannot communicate in English, they will be working below the overall standard of the English tests and should not take them. In order to make a TA judgement, these pupils should be assessed using the pre-key stage standards if they are working below the lowest standard in the relevant framework

KS2 - Mathematics tests & assessments

To establish a pupil’s abilities in mathematics, teachers and language support staff should work together to translate national curriculum work into the pupil’s preferred language.
If a pupil is working at the standard of the mathematics tests, the school should consider using access arrangements to enable the pupil to take the tests. Care should be taken to ensure that any translation does not provide additional support or understanding of mathematical terms.
Pupils working below the overall standard of the mathematics tests should not take them. They should be marked as ‘B’ on the attendance register. These pupils should be assessed using the pre-key stage standards

KS1 - English tests & assessments

If pupils cannot communicate in English, they will be working below the overall standard of the English tests and should not take them. In order to make a TA judgement, these pupils should be assessed using the pre-key stage standards

KS1 - Mathematics tests & assessments

To establish a pupil’s abilities in mathematics, teachers and language support staff should work together to translate national curriculum work into the pupil’s preferred language.
If a pupil is working at the standard of the mathematics tests, the school should consider using access arrangements to enable the pupil to take the tests. Care should be taken to ensure that any translation does not provide additional support or understanding of mathematical terms.
Pupils working below the overall standard of the mathematics tests should not take them. These pupils should be assessed using the pre-key stage standards

Phonics tests

Pupils should not take the Phonics check if they have recently moved to the country and are unable to understand letters and sounds in English
Schools must submit data for all pupils including those that should not take the check. Pupils who do not take the check should be marked as ‘D’ (headteacher decided it was inappropriate for the pupil to take the check).

EYFS assessments

Practitioners need to find out as much as they can about a child’s prior language experience and any education they have received elsewhere.

Within the EYFS profile, the ELGs for communication and language, and for literacy, must be assessed in relation to the child’s competency in English. The remaining ELGs may be assessed in the context of any language – including their home language and English.

SECTION THREE - PUPILS WHO LEAVE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE TEST WEEK/TEST PERIOD – EYFS, PHONICS, KEY STAGE 1 AND KEY STAGE2

Key Stage 2 (unchanged from 2018)
If a pupil sits the Key Stage 2 TESTS at your school, then your school must submit the Teacher Assessments (TA) for that pupil

Examples:

Change of school before KS2 test week
If a pupil changes school before the test week, the receiving school must submit TA data for the pupil.
Change of school during the KS2 test week
If a pupil changes school during the KS2 test week, the school where the pupil was registered at the beginning of the test week must submit TA data for the pupil.
(So, if a pupil joins your school AFTER the tests, you do NOT need to submit the TA for that pupil – the losing school should be submitting the TA for that pupil
Change of school after the KS2 test week
If a pupil changes school after the KS2 test week, the school where the pupil was registered during the KS2 test week must submit TA data for the pupil.

Key Stage 1

If a pupil sits the Key Stage 1 TESTS at your school, then your school must submit the Teacher Assessments (TA) for that pupil

Examples:
Change of school before KS1 test period (updated for 2019)
If a pupil changes school before Tuesday 1st May, or a pupil who has not been as a previous school joins during the test period the receiving school must administer the KS1 tests to the pupil and submit TA data for them.
Change of school during KS1 test period
If a pupil changes school during the KS1 test period in May 2019, the receiving school must find out which tests have already been administered to the pupil and administer any remaining tests. The school where the pupil was registered (on-roll) for the greater number of school days in May should submit TA data for that pupil to the LA.
Change of school after the KS1 test period

  1. If a pupil changes school after Thursday 31st May, the school where the pupil was registered during the KS1 test period must submit TA data.
  2. If a pupil leaves your school BEFORE 31st May 2019 (start of half-term), but has no expectation of starting at the new school until AFTER half-term (e.g. due to house-move, etc), you should still submit assessments for that pupil

Phonics

If a pupil sits the Phonics test at your school, then your school must submit the Phonics results for that pupil.

Examples:

Pupil leaves your school straight after the Phonics test

If a pupil leaves your school straight after the Phonics test, you still need to submit the Phonics test results for that pupil, even though the submission deadline is 3-4 weeks later

Pupil arrives at your school during test week

If a pupil joins your school straight after the Phonics tests, you need to verify with the old school if they sat the Phonics test:

  • If they did sit the test at their old school, then you do NOT need to submit the Phonics test results for that pupil – the losing school should be submitting the results for that pupil
  • If they did NOT sit the test at their old school, then you should administer the Phonics test (but before 21st June), and submit the Phonics test results for that pupil

Last Update: 07/02/2019

EYFS (unchanged from 2018)
If a pupil transfers schools before the summer half-term holiday, the new school/setting must report the pupil results to its LA.
If a pupil transfers schools during the second half of the summer term then the previous school is responsible for reporting to the LA.

Last Update: 07/02/2019

SECTION FOUR - PUPILS OUT OF YEAR

Pupils out of Year - EYFS, Phonics, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

There are specific rules about what to do with pupils who are Out-of-Year – i.e. pupils who are not in the Year Group of their date of birth. Generally, you submit assessments based on the year they are TAUGHT in.

Terminology:
Chronological Year – the Year Group based on the pupil’s date of birth
Year Taught – the Year Group the pupil is actually taught in (regardless of the date of birth)
Held Back – a pupil who is going to repeat a year is described as being Held Back – so NOT

going on to the next Key Stage yet

General Guidelines:

  • You must be sure that the pupil will be held back – you must not miss submitting assessments for them:
  • A pupil must not have two lots of assessments submitted – BUT you must not miss entering a pupil’s assessment. (but see below about Phonics)

Note: If there is a late decision to hold the pupil back for next year, and the assessments have already been submitted – contact the Data Team to discuss if the assessments submitted can be nulled. If they can – then the pupil can be assessed next year. If they can’t be removed – then the pupil can repeat the year next year – but you can NOT submit another set of assessments for them.

Submitting assessments principles

If a pupil is to be held back/is to repeat a year:
• At the end of the year – do NOT submit assessments for the pupil
• At the end of the year held back* – DO submit assessments for the pupil

*If a pupil is going to repeat a year for a third-year contact the LA Data Team for advice
If the pupil was held back - and assessments were submitted in the previous year – do NOT submit assessments again If a pupil IS going to move to the next year, but you are unable to assess them, you can use A – for Absent / unable to Assess (D for Phonics)

Change the MIS

If a pupil is to be held back/is to repeat a year:
Change the year group to the year the pupil is TAUGHT IN (and not their Chronological Year Group This will ensure the pupil shows up in any pupil lists produced by the MIS

Submitting the Assessment Data

Check if the pupil’s assessments are included in the school assessment data:

    • If it has been agreed that the assessments are NOT to be submitted – then you must check

that the pupil’s data is NOT included in your school assessment data file

    • If it has been agreed that the child was to be held back last year (and assessments not

submitted) and is now being assessed in this current year - then you must check that the

pupil’s data IS included in your school assessment data file for this year
The LA provides provisional School Summary Reports for you to check – do check to ensure the right number of pupils have been included in your data file.

Example scenarios:

EYFS (KS1 and KS2 are similar)
A child in Reception year who would be expected to move on to Year 1 (start of KS1) at the end of the year has development issues. The teacher, headteacher and parents agree that the child should stay in Reception year for a further year:

    • This year - do NOT submit EYFS assessments for the child this year – do NOT include the pupil in your assessment data file.
    • Next year – after the pupil has repeated EYFS again, submit the EYFS assessments. (Each year check your School Summary Report to ensure you have the correct number of pupils in your report)

Last Update: 07/02/2019

Phonics

A child in Year 1, who would be expected to move on to Year 2 at the end of the year, has development issues. The teacher, head teacher and parents agree that the child should stay in Year 1 for a further year:

  • This year - do NOT submit a Phonics score for the child this year – do NOT include the pupil in your assessment data file. Next year – after the pupil has repeated Year 1 again, submit the Phonics scores
  • The year after (Year 2) - if the child did not reach the standard at Phonics, then re-test and submit their Phonics score
  • If the Phonics score was submitted in Year 1 (and didn’t reach the standard), and the pupil is then Held Back in Year 1, do NOT submit a Year 2 Phonics re-test score - wait until the pupil is Taught in Year 2 – and then submit the Phonics re-test score. (Do not submit a third Phonics score.) (But be careful of pupils who might “jump” from Taught in Year 1 straight to Year 3 – they will need to be re-tested)

Last Update: 07/02/2019

“End of Year Academic Year Information.”

End of Year Academic Year Information 2019/20

Primary School End of Year Procedures Summary

Primary School End of Year Procedures Detailed.

Secondary School End of Year Procedures Summary

Secondary School End of Year Procedures Detailed

Preparing for 2019/2020 Using Nova-T6 and Options Online to Prepare the Timetable

Independent Junior/Preparatory School End of Year Procedures

Independent Senior School End of Year Procedures

 

School Census Summer 2019

Census date 16-05-2019

Preparing for the Census Primary, PRU, Special, Nursery Schools.

Preparing for the Census Secondary Schools.

Producing the Census for Nursery

Producing the Census for Primary Schools.

Producing the Census for Secondary

Producing the Census for PRU.

Producing the Census for AllThrough Schools.

Census Validation Errors Resolutions.

Updated 09/05/2019 at 13:30 – Fileset 1203

This fileset provides the following changes compared to Fileset 1202.  I am pleased to report that our testing was completed more quickly than expected and this fileset is now available via SOLUS 3 and as a download from Fileset_1203

Attendance Collection 2019 (Maintained Schools in Wales

No change.

NDC 2019 (Maintained Schools in Wales)

No change.

School Census Summer 2019 (State Schools in England)

Final version of the DfE validation and summary report.  This final version (1.1) joins the baseline version (1.0) as being suitable for providing the submission to the DfE.

Updated 09/05/2019 at 13:50 – Final version of the DfE validation and summary report files

Fileset 1203 includes the final version of the DfE validation and summer report files.  I am pleased to report that our testing was completed more quickly than expected and this fileset is now available via SOLUS 3 and as a download from Fileset_1203

Schools can continue to use the baseline version (fileset 1202) for their submission to the DfE, but use of the final version (fileset 1203) will have the following benefits.

  1. Correction to the coding of validation rule 1852 so that it deals with four year-olds correctly.
  2. Correction to the message provided by rule 1861.
  3. Removal of the word ‘Beta’ from the summary report heading.

Added 07/05/2019 at 11:55 – Dry runs

Given that census day is the 16/05/2019, it is important for schools to carry out a dry run if they haven’t already done so.

Updated 25/04/2019 at 16:25 – Baseline version of the DfE validation and summary report files

Fileset 1202 includes the baseline version of the DfE validation and summer report files and is now available via SOLUS 3 and as a download from Fileset_1202

The DfE are planning to provide suppliers with a further update to these files at the end of April to deal with issues.  The issues dealt with will include the following.

  1. Correction to the coding of validation rule 1852 so that it deals with four year-olds correctly.
  2. Correction to the message provided by rule 1861.
  3. Removal of the word ‘Beta’ from the summary report heading.

Added 25/04/2019 at 11:05 – Funded hours for nursery children

For financial year 2019/20, which started on the 1st April 2019, all children will be capped at 15 hours for the universal entitlement.  This census takes place in May 2019, so the DfE will expect this ‘cap’ to be reflected in this census.

Updated 25/04/2019 at 10:50 – Baseline version of the DfE validation and summary report files

Fileset_1202 includes the baseline version of the DfE validation and summer report files and  will be installed via  SOLUS 3 and as a download from here Fileset_1202.

Updated 02/04/2019 at 13:05 – DfE validation and summary report files

Fileset 1201 includes the beta for the DfE validation and summary report files.  Please see the fileset newsfeed on My Account for further details.  You should note that we are aware of the following issues with this beta of the DfE validation.

  1. Validation error 2400 is being triggered for all 4 year olds (DOB 01/09/2013 to 31/08/2014 inclusive) when it should not be.
  2. Validation error 2500 is being triggered for students taught in year 12 when it should not be.

Updated 22/02/2019 at 09:00 – Late changes to the DfE specification (2nd Correction)

Please note that we believe that the DfE’s correction to its mistake regarding the allocation of the new LA codes was also incorrect and that the new LA code for Dorset is 838 and not 383 as stated in the DfE official correction document.

We understand that the DfE is likely to make the following changes to its specification for School Census Summer 2019.

  • SEN Need Type of ‘Visual Impairment’ to become ‘Vision Impairment’
  • Validation rule 1530 to accept UPNs assigned with the new LA codes of 838 (Dorset) and 839 (Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole).
  • Take account of Early Years Funded Hours being capped at 15 hours from 01/04/2019 onwards.

Added 25/01/2019 at 11:30 – Relevant dates

All date ranges are inclusive.

Census reference date

16/05/2019

DfE notional autumn term 2018

From 22/04/2019 to 31/07/2019

DfE notional spring term 2019

From 01/01/2019 to 21/04/2019

DfE notional summer term 2019

From 22/04/2019 to 31/07/2019

Attendance

Collection from 01/01/2019 to 21/04/2019

Exclusions

Collected from 01/09/2018 to 31/12/2018

Eligibility for FSM

Collected from 18/01/2019 to 16/05/2019

Learning Support

Collected from 01/08/2018 to 16/05/2019

SIMS FMS Spring (6.186) 2019 CFR 2018/2019

We have been made aware of a an issue relating to CFR 2018/2019 and balances appearing against B06 Community Focused School Revenue Balances since the upgrade to FMS Spring (6.186) 2019

04/04/2019

Update 4th April 2019

What is the issue?
Since the spring release of FMS6, we have been made aware that customers are experiencing an issue with the figures appearing on Tab 5 Balances against B06 Community Focused School Revenue Balances incorrectly.

How are we fixing this?

We have a solution which has completed testing and is now available on SOLUS. The solution will be able to be applied to the financial year 2018/2019 in any state being Open, Preliminary Closed or Finalised,  Note – we are assuming that a school will not be submitting a CFR file if they have an error within B06.

What is the SOLUS3 Patch Name?
Patch 24825 CFR formula patch

School Census Autumn 2019

Census reference date 3rd October 2019

Updated 13/03/2019 14:05 Expected changes compared to 2018

Exclusions

Items collected for 2018 will also be collected for 2019, but will be collected for one and two terms previous rather than just two terms previous.  From the spring census onwards this data will be collected for just one term previous.

Lunch time exclusions will no longer be collected.

The DfE will expect the following data items to be stored by schools from the start of academic year 2019/2020 onwards, but this CANNOT be collected in School Census Autumn 2019 as this will collect exclusion data for the last two terms of academic year 2018/19 which is subject to CBDS for 2018/19 where this data was not specified.

Exclusion review date

Exclusion review result

Exclusion reinstatement date

Exclusion review SEN expert

Post 16 Planned Hours

Items collected for 2018 will also be collected for 2019.

The following items will be collected in addition to those collected for 2018

Planned learning hours (qualification hours) previous year [to enable corrections to be reported]

Planned employability, enrichment and pastoral hours (non-qualification hours) previous year [to enable corrections to be reported]

Post 16 Prior Attainment

Items collected for 2018 will also be collected for 2019.

The following items will be collected in addition to those collected for 2018

Maths GCSE highest prior attainment previous year [to enable corrections to be reported]

English GCSE highest prior attainment previous year [to enable corrections to be reported]

Updated 25/01/2019 11:10 Relevant dates

All date ranges are inclusive.

Census reference date

03/10/2019

DfE notional spring term 2019

From 01/01/2019 to 21/04/2019

DfE notional summer term 2019

From 22/04/2019 to 31/07/2019

DfE notional autumn term 2019

From 01/08/2019 to 31/12/2019

Attendance

Collection from 22/04/2019 to 31/07/2019

Exclusions

Collected from 01/01/2019 to 31/08/2019

Eligibility for FSM

Collected from 17/05/2019 to 03/10/2019

Post-16 Learning Aims

Collected from 01/08/2018 to 03/10/2019

6 Tips To Avoid Phishing Attacks – Don’t Click On Strange Links!

1. Asking for Personal Information is a Red Flag

Few (if any) websites, banks or businesses will ask you for confidential personal information, or financial information, in an e-mail. If you receive an e-mail requesting you to supply this information, you should treat the request with suspicion.

2. Check the Sender’s E-Mail Address

The first phishing giveaway is often the sender’s e-mail address. Even if the e-mail itself looks legitimate, that address often stands out as being questionable. For example, if you receive an e-mail from Apple AAPL +0.32% and the sender’s address is AppleSupport765@hotmail.com, this is clearly not really from Apple.

3. Watch for Links and Attachments

The objective of a phishing attack is usually to get you to download an attachment or to click on a link. Use extreme caution with attachments –they can be disguised malware that will infect your PC. Don’t click links within an e-mail that you are at all suspicious of. What looks like a legitimate hyperlink can be a disguised link to a criminal website. When in doubt, hover your mouse over the text of the hyperlink (you should see the full URL, which will help to show whether it leads to a legitimate website) or better yet, open a browser window and manually type in the hyperlink yourself to prevent it being re-directed.

If you receive an e-mail from someone you know, with apparent nonsensical or out of character text, don’t click on anything. In all likelihood, their e-mail account has been hacked and all of their contacts are now targets of a spear phishing attack.

4. Typos are a Red Flag

For some reason, cyber-criminals seem reluctant to invest in copy editing. One of the easiest ways to spot an e-mail sent as part of a phishing attack is typos. Most that I receive are full of spelling errors, poor grammar and syntax, and ugly text layout.

5. When In Doubt, Contact the Supposed Sender

Sometimes the bad guys pull things together and manage to generate a spear-phishing campaign that’s really difficult to detect. The e-mail appears to come from a legitimate source, it references something that could be legitimate (like a recent purchase you made) and it’s polished and official looking. If you’re not expecting this e-mail, pick up the phone and call the originating company’s customer service, or send an e-mail directly to their customer service to verify they sent it.

6. Install Security Software and Be Smart About Passwords

As an added layer of defence, security software is never a bad idea. Some Internet security packages have a feature that automatically detects and blocks fake websites, adding a failsafe in case you accidentally click on link you shouldn’t. And it goes without saying that you should be using a unique password for each website where you are required to log in. If you’re a phishing victim, this can help to contain the damage.

If you follow these steps, you will minimize your risk of becoming a spear phishing victim. For further information on protecting yourself against phishing and spear phishing attacks, check out the NCSC’s website. And finally, here’s a shot of a phishing e-mail I received yesterday morning. I’ve circled the many giveaways and below the image is a list of why they stood out.

If however you do find yourself victim to an attack please RESET your email password.

Regards,

Connect-Up Support Team.

Common Transfer File (CTF)

Common Transfer File (CTF)

 

Added 27/02/2019 at 08:45 – Migration related fields removed for CTF 19

The following three fields have been removed from the DfE specification for CTF transfer, but schools can continue to collect and store this data in their MIS if they have an acceptable reason for doing so.  School Census is no longer an acceptable reason for collecting and storing this data, as School Census no longer includes this data.

  • Nationality
  • Country of Birth
  • Proficiency in English

Added 15/02/2019 at 12:30 – CTF versions supported

01/08/2018 to 31/07/2019 (inclusive)

File version 17

Import only

File version 18

Import and export

01/08/2019 to 31/07/2020 (inclusive)

File version 18

Import only

File version 19

Import and export

Pupil Premium for FYr 2019/20 (England)

Pupil Premium for FYr 2019/20 (England)

Added 15/02/2019 at 14:50 – PPG (Pupil Premium Grant) per-pupil for financial year 2019/20

Adopted from Care Premium: £2,300 per year

Deprivation Premium – Reception to Year 6: £1,320 per year

Deprivation Premium – Year 7 to 11: £935 per year

Early Years Premium: 53p per hour up to a maximum of £302.10 per year (53p up to a maximum of 570 hours per year)

LAC (Looked After Children) Premium: £2,300 per year

Service Child Premium: £300 per year

Added 14/02/2019 at 10:50 – Types of pupil premium for financial year 2019/20

The following information is based on the DfE specification for the financial year 2019/20 CSV download.

Deprivation pupil premium

This is reported in the DfE CSV download.

This is allocated to pupils on roll in the January 2019 school census or alternative provision census that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) on any pupil level census since summer 2013 (known as ‘FSM Ever 6’).

Service child pupil premium

This is reported in the DfE CSV download.

This is allocated to those pupils on roll in the January 2019 school census or alternative provision census who have been either:

  • recorded as a service child in either January 2014, January 2015, January 2016, January 2017 or January 2018; or
  • in receipt of a War Pension Scheme (WPS) or Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) pension from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as a result of injury, illness or death caused by service

Adopted from care pupil premium (also referred to as Post LAC pupil premium)

This is reported in the general DfE CSV downloads, but is not reported via the CSV files generated by the DfE search facility, as this pupil data is not intended to be passed between schools.

This allocated to pupils on roll in the January 2019 school census or alternative provision census who are recorded in January 2019 as either adopted from care or ceased to be looked after through a child arrangement order, special guardianship order or residence order.

Looked after children pupil premium

This is reported in the DfE CSV download where the pupil would have attracted one or more of the other pupil premiums.  It can be more accurately reported in the second general download than the first.

This allocated to children who have been recorded on the local authority SSDA903 return as looked after for 1 day or more between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019. This excludes children whose only episode(s) of care during the year was as a result of respite, or were on remand/committed for trial or sentence and accommodated by the local authority.

Due to the FSM and service child ever aspects used to allocate elements of the pupil premium, it is possible that some schools and local authorities may not know the identity of all the children for which they are being funded. For this reason the download was introduced to help schools and local authorities identify which of their pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding.

Further information on the pupil premium is available here (a link to a GOV.UK page).

Early years pupil premium (EYPP)

This is NOT reported in the DfE CSV download.

The early years pupil premium (EYPP) was introduced in April 2015 to allocate extra funding to providers of early years education to support disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-olds.

EYPP participation data is collected from early years providers via the school census, early years census and alternative provision census to allocate the EYPP. However as the funding is allocated directly to local authorities based on the data returned via the January census (meaning providers will be able to identify all of their eligible pupils from the data they have provided to the department), and as the eligibility, payment and distribution methodology is different from the school-age pupil premium, we will not be including details of children eligible for the EYPP in the pupil premium download.

Further information on the early years pupil premium is available here (a link to a GOV.UK page).

Added 13/02/2019 at 11:05 – Report definition files

Two versions of the report definition file for DfE FSM Ever 6 at Spring Census 2019 are available from My Account.  Please select the one(s) suitable for your school phase.

The file should be extracted from the ZIP before being imported via Reports | Import.