It always amazes me how many school jobs require SIMS experience. But if you want a job in a school you need SIMS experience, but to get SIMS experience you need a job in a school! It’s a Catch-22 situation, made all the harder because as a priviate individual, SIMS can’t be purchased, so there’s no way to get hands-on experience of the software used by over 75% of schools.
That’s probably why I get so many emails from people asking how to get SIMS experience. A few years ago I launched a new course aimed at people who are new to SIMS. Over the year’s I’ve had some wonderful feedback on the course and it’s one of the most popular courses that I offer.
You can take the course before you go for interview, or after you start your new roll. While the course doesn’t offer a free copy of SIMS (you’d be suprised how many people don’t realise that SIMS isn’t the sort of software that you can just download and install) it does offer the ‘next best thing’ – lots and lots of videos and screenshots. Once you’ve finished the course you can claim a certificate of completion. If you want to see the feedback, read the course contents or ask questions, zoom over to the course homepage using the link below.
Dear Mr Pott
I think this is the best suited online course for me, but could you kindly confirm a few things:
Is this the correct course for a secretary with no SIMS experience wanting to get a job in a primary or secondary school?
Is there a certificate of some form at the end of the course?
As soon as you have answered these questions, If yes to both of these questions, then I will sign up.
Yes the course is designed for people with no experience of Sims, who need experience to get their first job in a school. The course doesn’t give you access to Sims ( that’s impossible) but it is the next best thing.
You can claim a certificate after you finish the course.
Hi, could I just ask, once the course is completed do you have to pay for the certificate?
The certificate is free. Email me when you finish the course.
How much is the on-line SIMS course, please?
The course costs £96 or you can split the payments into three monthly payments of £32. David.
Dear Mr Pott
I would just like some information regarding this Sims course. I am very interested in having an insight into the Sims database but not sure if this is the correct course for me or do any more courses. I have just become a Teaching Assistant and do not have any knowledge of the Sims database.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Hi Raz, if your school uses SIMS you should find this course useful. It focuses on the administration and registration processes but has plenty of content for staffin the classroom. Remember that schools are often willing to pay the course costs and there is a 30 day moneyback guarantee. Best wishes, David.
Thankyou for getting back to me, I will see if my school will help with any funding.
Hi is there any exams for this course? Also how long is the course for? Thanks in advance
Hi Samina, there’s no exam. The course can be completed in half a day, but most people split it up into 3 or 4 days. You can take as long as you like – there’s no expiry date. You get a certificate of completion at the end.
I want to work as school manager. Is it good course for me as UK needs Sims compulsory to work for schools.? And can I submit my certificate to employers?
There are no official SIMS qualifications in the UK, and it’s not compulsory for job applicant to have SIMS experience or a SIMS qualification, but it can certainly be an advantage when applying for jobs. The course does provide a certificate of completion. Previous students on the course have left feedback saying that the course helped them to get a job.