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Next Generation SIMS – what we know so far

I was lucky enough to be invited again to  the recent SIMS Annual Conference. The focus of the conference was on SIMS Primary, the next generation SIMS product. In my next post I’ll talk about the specific changes for assessment in next generation SIMS, but first let’s look at the bigger picture for the whole of SIMS. Background to Next Generation SIMS The next version of SIMS will be entirely cloud based. There will be no...

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August 2017 Updates to the KS4 Resources

As of the 11th August 2017 there’s a new version of the KS4 resources available for download. The new download incorporates the new average Ebacc and standard pass measures. Here’s the details from the KS4 resources newsfeed: To try to keep up to date with all of the changes made by the DfE we have updated some of the KS4 resources.  These can be found here along with the latest versions of all of the resources.  These...

SIMS Questionnaire 2017

Please would you could complete this short questionnaire? It asks 5 questions about yourself and the skills you need to do your job. I’ll share the results when all the replies are in! powered by Typeform

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Graphing GLD EYFS Data in SIMS Discover

In an earlier post I described how you can install the latest EYFS marksheets and use them to calculate the GLD (good level of development) measure. I’ve also blogged about running the special SIMS report that creates an Excel spreadsheet to analyse that data. In this post I’ll show you how to generate a set of useful graphs using SIMS Discover. What is SIMS Discover? Discover has been around for a few years now, but...

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Calculating KS1 to KS2 Progress Measures UPDATED

You can now use SIMS to calculate the value added for your 2016 and 2017 cohort of Y6 pupils. This article shows how to do, but first, a little background: Primary School Accountability 2016 In September 2016 the DfE outlined how they would measure pupil progress for the pupils who did KS2 tests in 2016. We already knew how attainment would be measured – a scaled score – but the performance measure was new. It...

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Analysing GLD EYFS results in SIMS 2017

If you’ve followed the instruction in my previous blog post and calculated the good level of development measure for your EYFS pupils you be delighted to know that, if you are interested in analysing GLD EYFS results, SIMS now allows you to create a very deep analysis of your EYFS data. Here’s an screenshot and a video walk through: The report analyses the number and percentage of pupils achieving the GLD in each of the...

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SIMS assessment pros and cons

Last week someone asked me to summarise what SIMS assessment does well and what it doesn’t. I’m aware that SIMS can be a bit like marmite for many people – they love it or hate it. Here’s an honest review of SIMS pros and cons (with thanks to Gary Skelton who added to my original list of seven with an extra six excellent reasons of his own. Gary’s suggestions are in italics). Sims assessment pros: Flexibility. SIMS...

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KS4 resources ‘shadow data’

At the end of March the DfE published the estimates for Attainment 8, English, Maths, Ebacc and Open for last year’s (2016) cohort, but recalculating them using this year’s conversion values (a C is worth 4 in 2017 but was worth 5 in 2016). For most schools this ‘shadow data’ will have the effect of raising school P8 scores by about 0.5. Confusingly, the DfE have only released 2016 estimates for some, not all, subjects (no...

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Calculating EYFS Good Level of Development

Capita have release a set of EYFS marksheets that will be very useful for primary schools that want to identify the pupils who attained a Good Level of Development. Here’s a sample: A good level of development (GLD) at the end of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) is a key measure of primary school effectiveness. A child is deemed to have attained a good level of development if they attained at least the expected level of...

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Next Generation SIMS

SIMS 8 is nearly here! These days I spend rather too much time apologising for SIMS. Not for what it can do, but for how it looks. SIMS is an old battle-axe of a system: it does what is says on the tin, it’s tough as old boots but it won’t win any awards for the good looks. Younger and newer pupil databases often look much better but often lack the functional depth of SIMS....