Posted on June 30, 2016 by Leyla Tovey in SIMS.
If your school is fully or partially closed due to the proposed teacher strike on Tuesday 5th July 2016, the Y code should be used.
Code Y: Unable to Attend due to Exceptional Circumstances
If a school has to close for some or all pupils on a strike day, the Y code should be used for pupils who are not required to attend. Pupils who are required to attend should be marked down in the usual way. The Y code does not count towards the pupil or school’s absence record. Where a pupil is required to be in school on a strike day but does not attend, the pupil should be recorded as absent.
Excerpt from ‘Handling Strike Action in Schools‘ - DfE, October 2014
Creating an Exceptional Circumstance in SIMS
- Select Focus | Attendance (or Lesson Monitor) | Exceptional Circumstances
- Click the New button to display the Create an Exceptional Circumstance page
- Enter the dates e.g. from 05/07/2016 AM to 05/07/2016 PM
- By default the Group Type is displayed as Whole School. If a different group is required, select this from the drop down list and then click on Search to refresh the display.
- Select the required Attendance code from the drop down list i.e. Y
- Enter the reason in the Description field e.g. Teachers Strike Day
- Highlight the pupils/students e.g. Whole School
- Click the Apply button; you will see a message confirming that the marks have been applied.
If you require any assistance with this process please call us on 0345 222 1551 • Option 3 or email the SIMS Service Desk.
Posted on June 28, 2016 by Leyla Tovey in SIMS.
As you might imagine, we have a very busy Service Desk here at SBS, and this is particularly true at peak times of year such as now. When you call us, it is essential that we take down some key items of information (even if we resolve the issue straight away) because we need to […]
Posted on June 23, 2016 by Leyla Tovey in SIMS.
Following our recent blog post about the new Autumn Census data items we have created a new Data Collection Sheet for import into SIMS which includes the new fields for Pupil Nationality and Country of Birth. This will enable schools to start collecting the information in readiness for the Autumn. The third new data field, Proficiency […]
Posted on June 22, 2016 by Leyla Tovey in SIMS.
Earlier this month, the DfE released the tables to convert Key Stage 1 raw scores into scaled scores. The tables showed that raw scores of 0, 1 or 2 convert to a scaled score of ‘N’. However, this was contrary to what had been expected and therefore the existing Key Stage 1 wizard in SIMS […]
Posted on June 17, 2016 by Leyla Tovey in SIMS.
The DfE have introduced 3 new data items to be collected in the Autumn 2016 Census, they are: 1. Pupil Nationality To be recorded for: all pupils on roll and pupils that have left since the start of the 2016/2017 academic year. It should be the nationality of the pupil, as stated by the parent/guardian and/or […]
Posted on June 16, 2016 by Leyla Tovey in SIMS.
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Posted on June 15, 2016 by Stephen Dolman in Finance.
Euro 2016 has started. Up and down the land adults and school children will be making assessments of the chances of their country in winning (at least one match), and thinking about mitigating the risks of an early exit. With this in mind – this week’s blog considers risk management and the effectiveness of internal […]
Posted on June 9, 2016 by Viv Reed in SIMS.
Capita have produced a new SIMS Assessment video, which we believe would be of interest to our schools. The assessment landscape is ever-changing and, as schools adjust to the changes, they need to ensure the assessment system they have in place is right for them. Capita’s new video explains how SIMS Assessment offers schools the flexibility […]
Posted on June 8, 2016 by admin in ICT.
Shortly, Windows Server 2016 will change the current Windows Server licensing model. Developed with Windows 10, Microsoft Server 2016 is an upcoming server operating system that has enhanced security, an advanced data centre and is cloud-ready to facilitate the move when the time is right for your school. Background on licensing Windows Server has historically been […]
Posted on June 7, 2016 by Viv Reed in SIMS.
With the busy exam season now upon us analysing your final exam results begins to rank highly on the list of priorities. This year the emphasis on exam outcomes is somewhat greater with new performance measures in the form of Attainment/Progress 8. Some sixth forms and universities are also requesting Attainment 8 scores as part […]