SIMS Summer Census guidance

Posted  28th April 2017

The SIMS Summer Census will be on Thursday 18th May 2017

Our phase-specific documentation will take you step by step through the preparation and production of the Census return.

Preparing for the Summer Census

Primary, Special & Nursery Schools notes

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Producing the Summer Census

Important dates in the Summer collection

Attendance Collection: 01.01.2017 - 16.04.2017 Exclusion Collection: 01.09.2016 - 31.12.2016 FSM Eligibility Collection: 20.01.2017 - 18.05.2017 Learner Support Collection: 01.08.2016 - 18.05.2017 Should you require an onsite consultancy visit to help you with the running of the school census or wish to book our Census Remote Service then please call us on 0345 222 1551 • Option 3 or email the SIMS Service Desk.

Downloading and Applying a Fileset

Please note: a new Fileset 602 has been released by Capita ready for your School Census. This new fileset solves a variety of validation errors and contains the latest DfE information. Please check that you have had your SIMS upgrade and are on SIMS version 7.174 and then carry out the instructions below to import the latest file. Download the fileset now! →

  1. Save the ZIP file to an available folder; it doesn’t matter what folder is chosen as the ZIP does not contain any sensitive data.
  2. Extract (unzip) the .mfs file to an available folder, it is fine to use the same folder as that where you downloaded the ZIP.
  3. Open SIMS and select Tools | Setups | Import Fileset.
  4. You can use the browse to select the .mfs file.
  5. A rectangle outlining the content of the Fileset will appear. If you are happy with the content you should click ‘Import Fileset’ button.
  6. A message will appear in the rectangle to indicate that the Fileset is being imported.
  7. When the import is complete a message will pop up reminding you that you should restart SIMS.
  8. After you have restarted SIMS you will see the new Fileset number displayed in the Statutory Returns applications.

Should you wish us to import the fileset for you please contact our SIMS Service Desk on 0345 222 1551 • Option 3 or email