SIMS Summer Release

SIMS Summer Release

The SIMS Summer Release is due for release on Friday 30th June 2017 and includes several enhancements and new areas of functionality

New features and updates include the introduction of EYFS in the Programme of Study area in Assessment Manager, updates to the Performance Indicator Reports for Exams Analysis plus changes to support the statutory returns for the Autumn (School Census and School Workforce Census).

Provision of Early Years Foundation Stage Resources in PoS

The EYFS Development Matters statements are now available for use in Programme of Study. Schools can now record achievement for pupils in years N1, N2, E1, E2 and Reception, all within the same framework. This information can be viewed in reports for the Early Years year groups and individual reports.

Improvements to the KS4 PI Reports

The reformed 9-1 grades for English and Maths have been incorporated into the Performance Indicator reports in England for the Summer exams season of 2017. Only reformed qualifications for English and Maths count in the Performance Measures regardless of any early entries. A number of other amendments have been made to the KS4 PI reports to support these changes.

Once SIMS has been upgraded in your school you can check out all the changes and new features in detail by clicking the Documentation button on the Home page then selecting Latest Release information.

If you know when you would like the upgrade run for your school, for example, during the Summer holidays, please contact our MIS Service Desk on 0345 222 1551 • Option 3 as soon as possible so that we can book it in.

Please note: Secondary Schools are advised to have the upgrade applied before Exams download day.

If you prefer, you can email us at misservicedesk@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk with details of your preferred date(s).


Is your school going to be used as a polling station?

Is your school going to be used as a polling station?

If so, you will need to add the school closure as an Exceptional Circumstance in SIMS using the ‘#’ code.

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School Workforce Census 2016

The School Workforce Census is on Thursday 3rd November 2016 but it is never too early to start preparing. Our documentation to assist you is now available to download via the links below. You might also find it useful to take a look at the Capita presentation on what has changed since last year. Preparing […]

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New and updated KS4 Resources available

New KS4 Inspection Dashboard Report Capita have released a new report which presents this year’s current data against previous years. Schools will be familiar with the Inspection Dashboard provided to schools in RAISE which presents school figures for 2015 and the previous two years. Schools have expressed an interest in presenting their own data in a […]

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SIMS Autumn Census information

Autumn Census date is Thursday 6th October 2016 As always, it’s important to prepare to ensure that you meet the deadline. Our documentation will take you through the whole process step-by-step. Please download the documents applicable to your school phase. Preparing for the Autumn Census Primary, Special & Nursery Schools notes Download now! → Secondary Download now! […]

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Welcome to the new year

Another new academic year is upon us and we know that you have already been very busy in your schools preparing for the arrival of the new and returning pupils. Despite the summer holidays only just drawing to a close, our Service Desk has been busier than ever, proving what we all knew already; there is […]

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How to add a School Closure 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 […]

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Helping us to help you

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 […]

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SIMS and FMS End of Year Procedures

As the summer term rolls on, schools will already be preparing for their new intake in September, the changes to classes next year and also the end of term leavers. When it comes to the procedures in SIMS and FMS, it is never too early to start preparations. Via the links below you will find detailed guidance for all […]

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The SIMS Web Address file has been updated

The SIMS Web Address Validation (WAV) Service allows schools to validate addresses in SIMS by accessing a Capita maintained database over the Internet. The database, which contains the details of approximately 30 million UK addresses, has just been updated with the latest Ordnance Survey data. Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRN) Although the database has always contained […]

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