Category: Secondary

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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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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...

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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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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 KS4 Targets from KS2 Scaled Scores using SIMS

Calculating KS4 targets from KS2 scaled scores is something many schools are starting to consider since the new format KS2 results were published in July. Here’s a video demonstration showing how you can use SIMS Assessment to calculate a KS4 target from a KS2 scaled score. The example is based on the blog post by Peter Atherton in his DataEducator blog. Read the post first, and remember that the targets Peter sets in the post are tailored for...

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Making sense of progress 8

Over the last few months many schools have been obsessing about progress 8 scores and I’ve watched a few schools get worked-up if the value of progress 8 was one decimal point above or below a specific value. That’s why it was reassuring to see advice from David Blow in Schoolsweek, Leading Learner and from Data Educator that any calculation of P8 was inherently flawed: all calculations are currently based on the 2015 attainment 8 estimates. The clue...

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Exam Results Analysis: Top Tips

With GCSE Results Day 2016 fast approaching I thought it’s a good time to look at how assessment manager experts like us can get the most out of exam results analysis on the big day itself and during the following few days. I don’t count myself an expert when it comes to Exams, and I’m definitely not a Exam Organiser ninja but, over the years, I have been able to help many schools integrate Exam Organiser and Assessment Manager...

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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...

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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...