Your SIMS Spring 2019 Release

Your SIMS Spring 2019 Release

Your SIMS Spring 2019 release is going to be available from Friday 22nd March

Along with the usual fixes and making the Summer Census available there have been a few upgrades to the system. See below for some of the highlights or you can download the whole release notes below.

2019 Primary release notes ➝ 2019 Secondary release notes ➝


As usual we will be contacting schools we support to arrange a date to carry out this update outside of school hours, but if you haven’t been contacted and need this doing for you, please contact the Service Desk on the details below.

Anonymising Staff Data in FMS

Tools | Setups | School Options

To assist schools in being GDPR compliant and to retain the integrity of the salary related financial data held in FMS, where Personnel Links are in use and the option to exclude staff leavers from the salary extract has been selected in SIMS, excluded staff data will be substituted for anonymised data in FMS

Enhancements to the Delete Staff Routine

Routines | Staff | Delete Staff

The Delete Staff routine was originally intended as a means of deleting a member of staff from SIMS who had been recorded in error and therefore had no links to other areas of SIMS.

To assist schools in being GDPR compliant, the rules that determine whether a member of staff can be deleted have been relaxed

It is now possible to delete a member of staff where the data recorded against them in SIMS is restricted to one or more of the following areas:

  • Curriculum
  • Curriculum & Lesson Planner
  • Staff details:
    • detention supervisor
    • vehicle owner
    • any email
    • any group supervisor
    • telephone
    • current address.
  • Employment history

Please note: Unused user logins in SIMS System Manager can be deleted via Focus | System Manager | Manage Users.

If a member of staff has data recorded about them in any other area(s) of SIMS, it will continue to be impossible to delete the member of staff.

Viewing the Status of a Behaviour Incident

Focus | Behaviour Management | Maintain Behaviour Incidents

It is now possible to review changes made to the status of a behaviour incident by clicking the Change Log button in the Details panel of the Behaviour Incident Details page.


If you need any help or would like to arrange your upgrade, please call us on 0345 222 1551 • Opt 3 or email MISservicedesk@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk


New NJC Pay Scales

New NJC Pay Scales

In April 2019 the NJC Pay Scales are changing and will need to be updated in your SIMS system.

See our blog to find out more.

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SIMS Agora has a new name… SIMS Pay

SIMS Agora has a new name… SIMS Pay

Capita have decided that they are changing the name of their payment system from SIMS Agora to SIMS Pay.

This is to help them align their service with expectations so that they can “equip schools with delivering cutting edge payment technology to their parents and employees”.

Please see our recent blog for further information.

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National Insurance Rates 2019/2020 for SIMS .net

National Insurance Rates 2019/2020 for SIMS .net

As usual, we’ll be applying this patch to all our schools where we apply your upgrade. This will be applied at the same time as your Spring Update.

Please see our recent blog for further information on how we can assist you with this update.

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Important Message for All Teacher App Customers

Important Message for All Teacher App Customers – action required on 28th Feb 2019

The information outlined in our recent blog post needs to be reviewed by the member of staff responsible for the maintenance of SIMS at your school.

Please see our recent blog for further info and see how we can help.

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Handling a School Closure in SIMS – Snow!

Handling a School Closure in SIMS – Snow!

With snow starting to fall, and whilst it’s lovely to look at from the comfort of your home, it can cause havoc for schools and it might be necessary to close your school.

Read our blog for more details about ‘Creating an Exceptional Circumstance’ in SIMS.

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CTF issue message appearing following the Autumn Upgrade

CTF issue message appearing following the Autumn Upgrade

Please view our recent blog to see a message issued by Jim Hayward from Capita

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There is an issue relating to the Spring School Census

There is an issue relating to the Spring School Census

It has been brought to our attention that there is an issue relating to the Early Years, Top-up Funding and Post Looked After Arrangements within the Spring School Census.

Please view our recent blog for further details on how we can help.

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Migrate your Secure Access account to DfE Sign-in

Migrate your Secure Access account to DfE Sign-in

It has been brought to our attention that number of schools are having issues with logging in to DfE secure access.

Please view our recent blog for further details on how to migrate your Secure Access account.

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School census 2018 to 2019

School census 2018 to 2019

Please note: This is a repeat blog

The DfE has decided that there is no longer a requirement to collect three items in future census’s.

Please view our recent blog for further details of these new requirements.

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