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EduLink One from Titus Learning

Last month I met with Titus Learning. They have partnered with Overnet Data to offer Edulink One – a mobile app which gives teachers, students and parents a single interface to share SIMS reports, documents and information. The app is clean and well designed. It doesn’t do everything that Sims can do – it’s not intended to – but it can be used to complete registers, view catering information, record behaviour and achievement, view timetables...

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KS4 resource tips: using 2016 points not 2017

If you are a data manager in a secondary school you’ll be aware that in 2016 the DfE provided us with a table to help us translate from old the A*-G grades to the new 9-1 grades. In 2017 those values have changed (see table below) making it difficult for schools to compare different cohorts. A few schools have asked if its possible to use the 2017 KS4 resource templates (CAS KS4 Overview 2017…) with...

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RAISE inspection dashboard update

Earlier this month Capita SIMS released the latest update to their KS4 Resources. The updates include a new report (the RAISE inspection dashboard) that mirrors some of the latest reports in RAISE online. You’ll find some screenshots below. The reports allow very deep analysis of your schools P8 and A8 statistics. To run the report, you’ll need to install the KS4 Resources. You can find the KS4 resource on the myAccount assessment newsfeed. If you need...

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An Overview of Capita SIMS at BETT 2017

Last month I was at the the BETT 2017 exhibition at the Excel Centre in London. The big Capita SIMS stand was one of the busiest, as usual. These were my highlights: SIMS Interventions SIMS Interventions allows schools to set up and then allocate pupils to costed interventions. The effectiveness of interventions can be measured using objectives defined by the school and although hard-edged assessment data can be used, so can more subjective and ‘softer’...

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Updated RAISE Inspection Dashboards

This announcement was posted to Capita SIMS MyAccount on the 6th February 2017.  Anyone using the KS4 resources updated as of 23rd January can import the revised report and start using it immediately. If you don’t have the 23rd January update, the link is within the announcement (below): We were originally proposing not to release a new version of this report until the validated RAISE Inspection Dashboards were released to schools, but it seems that this...

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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...

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Importing Data from Excel into SIMS Assessment

One of my most frequently asked questions is ‘how do I import grades from an Excel spreadsheet into SIMS Assessment Manager. Here’s how: Step 1: Clean the Excel File Ready for Import Open your Excel file and check that the columns you want to import contains the forename and surname of each pupil, preferably in two separate columns. Ideally the spreadsheet should also contain the pupil UPN numbers too, though this is not essential, it will...

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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...