Category: Beginner


SIMS Primary Update October 2018

Introduction Last week I met with Graham Cooper and Ben Jones from Capita to talk about progress with SIMS Primary. A few weeks ago I blogged about how quiet progress seemed to be, since the official launch back in January and Graham was keen to update me on recent progress. Current Status As of September 2018 there are 30 pilot schools and one school which has full adopted the SIMS Primary. Capita are planning to...


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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Using SIMS Interventions

Earlier this year Capita release a new module for SIMS. Called SIMS Interventions it helps schools to record the interventions that schools put in place for their pupils. It also helps schools to record the associated costs and link those costs directly to pupil premium pupils. It’s easy to set up, quick to maintain and gives access to a wide range of useful reports. To help you implement it in your school I’ve put together...


Create a SIMS mobility report

When you are analysing your assessment data it can be useful to know how many pupils joined and left a particular year group as the cohort progresses through school. This report will list every pupil who was ever in the cohort, regardless of how long they stayed with the group. This report is based on all pupils ever recorded in SIMS (not just pupils currently on roll) and identifies pupils only by their date of birth. So...


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...


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...


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...


How to set up your own programme of study grades

The programme of study marksheets are SIMS version of assessment without levels. Each statement from the national curriculum is available for teachers to assign a grade. Until the autumn 2016 release of SIMS schools have only been able to record their assessment as ’emerging’, ‘developing’, ‘secure’ and ‘mastered’. The autumn 2016 update to SIMS allows flexibility within the programme of study marksheets and schools can now ‘override’ the default grades with their own programme of...


SIMS Programme of Study Course: use the new Assessment without Levels marksheets

I was busy over Easter creating this SIMS Programme of Study Course to showcase how schools can use the new ‘programme of study’ marksheets. You can access the course from this website: (For a small number of schools your web filter might block access – you should be able to get the site unblocked via your usual tech support team)  


The new SIMS ‘assessment without levels’ solution is available for schools

At the end of  March 2015, Capita SIMS released their new ‘programme of study’ marksheets – a formative assessment system that links into SIMS assessment manager. Over the next few weeks I’ll be publishing new articles to suggest ways that you can amend and adapt the core system to suit your school. Your school should be getting the update within the next few weeks (you’ll need version 7.162 – also known as the ‘spring 2015...