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National Insurance rates 2020-2021

National Insurance Rates 2020-2021

There is a new set of National Insurance rates tables which will need to be entered into your SIMS system for 2020-2021.

Download the new NI tables here →

If you don’t feel like adding these in manually, there is a patch available that will update these for you automatically.

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.

For those of you that we don’t support, the patch number to ask for is Patch 25705.


If you need any assistance with the National Insurance rates 2020-2021 please feel free to call us on 0345 222 1551 • Opt 3 or email MISservicedesk@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk


Further support for your team from SBS – Remote School Back Office

As an alternative to onsite support, we are adept in providing support for our schools in the following methods:

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Our offsite school support services include:

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Beware of coronavirus email scams

Beware of coronavirus email scams

Families who receive Free School Meals have been targeted by a coronavirus email scam asking them to pass over their bank details. The government has issued a warning urging people not to fall for it.

See our latest ICT blog for details.

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SIMS ID Lite and additional resources for SIMS users

Using SIMS ID Lite to aid learning while school sites are closed.

SIMS ID Lite is available to SIMS customers at no extra charge. In addition to providing single sign-in for applications such as SIMS Parent and Options it also links to the virtual classroom functionality from Microsoft Office 365 and Google Classroom.

See our latest MIS blog for details. This blog also contains information for SIMS Customer Success Resources.

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Weduc Home School Learning Essentials for Free!

Weduc Home School Learning Essentials for Free!

SBS are working in partnership with Weduc, the next generation in smart communications, who are helping to support schools and families by offering their Weduc Essentials App for FREE!

See our latest MIS blog for details.

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Reporting on staff and student absences due to the Coronavirus

Reporting on staff and student absences due to the Coronavirus

Here at SBS we have designed two reports to help you analyse your absences/attendance data.

See our latest MIS blog for details.

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Keyworkers information on School Closures

Keyworkers information on School Closures

Here’s a list of keyworkers for schools during School Closures for prioritised sectors.

See our latest blog for details and to find out how SBS can support you.

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Home School Resources

Home School Resources

Due to the School Closures that are coming into force from today, Friday 20th March, we have combined a list of websites that are offering free resources to parents and children to use from home.

Read our latest blog for details.

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Are you preparing for your staff and students to work from home?

Are you preparing for your staff and students to work from home?

In these unprecedented times we are all faced with new challenges. In light of the Coronavirus, schools are faced with a very complicated and challenging situation; to keep staff and students safe whilst continuing to provide teaching and learning.

With this in mind, I want to make you aware of two platforms which provide continuity for both teaching and admin operations to schools and are free for education.

Read our latest blog for more details.

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Y Code – Exceptional Circumstances for COVID-19

Y CODE – Exceptional Circumstances for COVID-19 – Self-Isolating Pupils

For advice and instructions on Self-Isolating Pupils within SIMS please read our recent blog.

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Upcoming changes in the Capita SIMS 2020 Spring Release

Upcoming changes in the Capita SIMS 2020 Spring Release

Capita has outlined what’s new in the upcoming SIMS 2020 Spring Release.

See our latest blog for details and to find out how SBS can support you.

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