Category: Intermediate

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Using SIMS to Convert to New GCSE Grades 1-8

Over the summer months I’m sure many SIMS Assessment Manager users in secondary schools will be grappling with the new GCSE grades and also with the new Progress 8 measure. The immediate problem for many schools will be ‘how do we move from the old A*-G grades to the new GCSE grades 1-8. Luckily SIMS Assessment Manager provides us with the flexibility and configurability to cope. I’ve blogged previously about using grade sets to convert grades...


Attainment 8: Calculating the New Measure

Back in October 2013 (pdf), updated in January 2014 (pdf) and again in March 2014 (pdf), the government published the details for the new Attainment 8 measure. Although we still don’t know exactly how the related Performance 8 measure will be calculated, we do know that it will be based on difference between your school’s Attainment 8 and the national average Attainment 8 measure. Reading the DfE’s documents above makes the calculation sound complex and confusing, but it...


Creating a Group Analysis to Show APS Progress

Group Analyses are one of assessment manager’s ‘hidden gems’ – many school never use them and miss out on a very powerful analysis tool. An APS grid will quickly calculate the average point score (APS) of a group of pupils, showing progress term by term. The groups are commonly year groups, but can be pupil premium pupils, SEN or almost any potentially vulnerable group. Here’s an example of an APS group analysis: These grids are...

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Recent Trends in Target Setting at KS2

Over the last term I’ve seen a important change in the way many schools measure progress, perhaps as a result of the new emphasis from OFSTED. Most schools measure progress since the previous key stage. For example senior managers in many schools now expect their pupils to make at least 12 points of progress between KS1 and KS2. We typically set targets for each year (and frequently for each term) based on the pupils’ KS1...


An Easy Way to Calculate a Pupil’s Levels of Progress from KS2 to KS4 with SIMS

With OFSTED now focusing on the progress pupils make between KS2 and KS4 it’s more important than ever that schools have a very clear idea exactly how much progress both individual pupils and the various groups within school are making. Currently, Ofsted are using levels of progress from KS2 to KS4 as the main metric for judging the progress made by secondary school pupils. Over the last 12 months I’ve been in several secondary schools where...


Six Ways to Measure Pupil Progress in Primary Schools

With Ofsted putting more emphasis on the progress pupils make between key stages it’s more import than ever that schools have easy access to raw progress data. In this article we’ll have a look at the different definitions of progress and I’ll demonstrate some marksheets that help you calculate this data. 1) Progress Between KS1 and KS2 The DfE minimum target for schools is that pupil should make 2 whole levels of progress between KS1...


Video: the new pupil teacher view in SIMS

Another new feature of the Spring 2013 release is the pupil teacher screen. Better use of the screen and the new attendance interventions graph are the stand-out features. By the way, the intervention graphs can also plot behaviour and attainment points, as well as attendance percentages – though not (yet) national curriculum points.


Video: New SIMS Discover Configuration Utility

Here’s a quick demo of the new Discover Administration utility (you might want to expand it to full screen). The re-vamped ‘configuration utility’ (as it was originally called) is more user friendly and adopts a step-by-step wizard approach to creating Discover graphs. A further refinement, allowing the bulk creation of graphs, it is slated for the summer release.


Analysing Data for KS1 to KS3

Although you can create a lot of useful data analysis just using a simple marksheet, SIMS Assessment Manager also provides a range of analysis and tracking tools to create even more powerful analyses. Here’s a useful analysis (with my comments in red): The grid shows the progress made by our year 5 pupils term-by-term since key stage 1. the Attainment column shows us the APS of the group, term by term the Target column shows...


Calculating Key Performance Indicators for Secondary Schools

Many schools have a marksheet like the one above – a marksheet that takes all the assessments in a single term across all the subjects offered by school. Once you have a marksheet like this, SIMS Assessment Manager makes it easy to generate various key performance indicates (KPIs) such as: Total GCSE Points Score Capped GCSE Points Score Number of A*-C grades Number of A*-C grades including English and Maths In this article, I’ll show...