Category: Primary

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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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Two new features for SIMS assessment for autumn 2018

If you are a true SIMS geek you’ll love the first of these new features… New feature 1: Add new columns directly above an existing column Previously, new columns always used to add themselves to the bottom of the template. So if you wanted the new column to appear higher up the template (and hence further leftwards in the final marksheet) you had to click the Up and Up 5 buttons multiple times to move...

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Calculating KS1 to KS2 Progress Measures 2018

You can now use SIMS to calculate the KS2 value added for your Y6 pupils. This article shows how to do it in simple steps. First, here’s a video to show you how to set up and use the resources: Primary School Accountability 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...

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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...

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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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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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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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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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Announcement: Summer School 2016

I’m very excited to let you know that I’m planning a 2016 Summer School for SIMS Assessment. The summer school is aimed at anyone in the primary or secondary sector who has the responsibility to develop their assessment system over the summer months, but who needs a little bit of extra support. You might be an existing user of SIMS Assessment Manager who needs a little bit of extra help, or you might be completely...