Windows Server 2003 support ended on July 14, 2015! Act now!


What does this mean for you and your school? Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003.

If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your school(s) you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration/upgrade strategy to protect your infrastructure. Don’t let this happen to you or your school…

If you or your school are interested in discussing upgrading your server, or how Server 2012 could benefit your school, please contact one of our lovely ICT staff for a chat on 0845 300 8179, email or visit our shiny new website or tweet us @SBS_ICT!

Pupil Premium Information

Financial Year 2015-16 Calculation Spreadsheet – this file allows you to copy and paste the DfE CSV file and this will then calculate the amounts of Pupil Premium for the school. Download the file, unzip and save. You will then need to download the latest PPI CSV file from the DfE and copy and paste […]


Address Validation Error – resolved

Capita have solved the issue of the Address Validation not working and this was due to the move of their hosted services.


Address Validation Error

We have discovered that a number of schools are being affected by the following “Address Validation Service is unavailable and has been disabled for this session”. This has been tested by ourselves and we can state that this is a Capita hosting problem. This issue is currently being worked on by the Capita Hosted Team, […]


July Budget, Coasting Schools and Teachers Pay

As another school year draws to a close, we consider the announcements made by the new government and how they might impact on schools and academies next year. July Budget There were no new announcements in the budget solely related to schools and academies, other than funds to expand cadet units in state schools. Other […]


SIMS 7.164 upgrade reporting error

If this is your first visit to the SIMS blog, welcome! This is where all of the latest news, tips and guidance on school data will be posted. SIMS 7.164 Upgrade Error With the new SIMS upgrade there is already an issue that can happen when you run various reports. This error will occur after you […]


SBS Online Webinar 8th July 2015

We held our first SBS Online webinar on Wednesday 8th July. It gave users a tour of the features of the new release. Missed it? No problem. Here’s a recording of the webinar so that you can watch it at your leisure. Stay tuned to this blog for future webinars covering new SBS Online content.


New Teacher Scales for September 2015

Following the announcement of the new pay scales for teachers from September 2015, we have created two new tables for you to choose between and apply in your budget settings: Teacher Scales – Sept 2015 (A) Teacher Scales – Sept 2015 (B) The reason we have created two tables is because the new scales offer […]


One Stop For Latest Finance News

A new place for the latest news. Regular readers of the SBS Finance Blog will have noticed that the blog is now available within the main School Business Services website. We will continue to provide the same summary of news from the education sector as it affects your finances. However, why not look at the […]


Welcome and new SBS Online update

Thanks for visiting the new SBS Online blog. This is where all of the latest news, tips and guidance will be posted. You can also read all of the previous ‘Latest news’ items from the SBS Online dashboard further down this page. Notifications will continue to appear on the dashboard, but for full details this […]


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