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SIMS Primary, where are you?

Introduction At BETT in January 2018, Capita launched SIMS Primary – the new version of SIMS for primary schools. Promoted as the replacement for SIMS 7, it offered a re-designed interface, web browser compatibility and a re-designed assessment system. It looked good, and people keep asking me when it will be available. But, I suspect all is not running to schedule with SIMS Primary. Why? Not much to see here The number of schools using...

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School expectations for programmes of study – new functionality in SIMS make life easier

Hidden away in the summer 2018 release of Capita SIMS was an extra feature that will make the programme of study marksheets much more useful. Since they were introduced in 2015 (as a response to the removal of levels from the curriculum) the programme of study (PoS) marksheets have been the best way of recording formative assessments for from EYFS to KS3. Each PoS marksheet displays all the relevant statements from the National Curriculum and...

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Progress 8 is being gamed – how to spot if your school is gaming progress 8

Emma Ing has just published a new article about the techniques certain schools use to enhance their progress 8 score by promoting ‘easy’ subjects in the Open bucket. There’s a good definition of gaming: Gaming happens when the decisions made about the curriculum favour the league tables, rather than the individual needs of pupils. Of course, no senior management team would ever admit to making decisions on this basis, but data managers in many schools...

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KS4 Resources Update October 2017

Capita have just released a new update to their KS4 Resources. If you use the resources you will want to download this update asap. The update includes the latest progress estimates, plus an update to allow combined science to recorded. New scatter graphs are also included. Note that if you want to use combined science aspect included in the release, you will have to wait till you get the autumn term SIMS update (in the...

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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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KS4 resource tips: using 2016 points not 2017

If you are a data manager in a secondary school you’ll be aware that in 2016 the DfE provided us with a table to help us translate from old the A*-G grades to the new 9-1 grades. In 2017 those values have changed (see table below) making it difficult for schools to compare different cohorts. A few schools have asked if its possible to use the 2017 KS4 resource templates (CAS KS4 Overview 2017…) with...

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RAISE inspection dashboard update

Earlier this month Capita SIMS released the latest update to their KS4 Resources. The updates include a new report (the RAISE inspection dashboard) that mirrors some of the latest reports in RAISE online. You’ll find some screenshots below. The reports allow very deep analysis of your schools P8 and A8 statistics. To run the report, you’ll need to install the KS4 Resources. You can find the KS4 resource on the myAccount assessment newsfeed. If you need...

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New KS4 Resources Part 2: KS2 Fine Level and Grade

Introduction In my previous post I showed you how to install the new templates and map your assessment data into the standard aspects provided by Capita. In this post I want to emphasise the importance of getting your data just right. In part 3 we’ll look at the analysis provided by the marksheets, the excel report and by SIMS Discover. Getting Your Data Sorted You’ve probably already read the latest P8 Technical Guidance document from the...

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Formative Assessment using SIMS

Why everything I thought I knew about assessment was wrong. Perhaps without noticing, the last few months have seen a massive shift in the assessment paradigm that held sway in most schools until the introduction of the new curriculum in 2014. With the new curriculum came the removal of the previous levels-based system. It has been replaced with nothing and schools are free to develop their own systems. I now realise that I was addicted to...