Category: Training

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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...

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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...


SIMS Assessment Manager Training Online

Over the years I’ve often been asked to provide on-line SIMS assessment training. These days, the expense of traditional training, plus the need to provide cover for staff, means that many staff just can’t access traditional courses. I’ve noticed international schools needing a SIMS training option and I’m also seeing more and more private individuals approaching me to provide SIMS training, as SIMS skills are increasingly seen as advantageous for potential new members of staff....


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)  

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Another Easy Way to Calculate Levels of Progress in SIMS

My previous blog article on how to calculate levels of progress using SIMS is one of the most visited pages on this entire site, so it’s clearly a very common task for data managers in secondary schools. As with many SIMS tasks, there is more than one way to accomplish the same task so I thought I would share an alternative technique. Check your KS2 and KS4 Data Identify the aspect and result set combination...


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...


New Course: School Improvement with SIMS

Photo Credit: Kristina Alexanderson via Compfight I’ve always felt that senior school leaders need an overview of  SIMS to demonstrate exactly what is possible for a school that really pushes SIMS to its limits. So here’s a new course aimed at senior leaders within a school. It assumes no prior knowledge of SIMS and mixes some hands on exercises with demonstrations from the front. It starts with a simple but impressive hands-on demo of the...