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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...

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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...

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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...

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New attainment 8 estimates for 2016 published

Anyone wanting to calculate their school's A8 and P8 figures will want to use the latest A8 estimates which have been published today. Here's the file: [gview file="https://davidpott.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/P8Keyfigures.pdf"]

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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...

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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...

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Setting up marksheets for the new academic year

Many assessment systems have grown 'like topsy' over the years, often containing thousands and thousands of marksheets that can make finding the right marksheet very difficult. Here's how to set up your marksheets for the new academic year so that your teachers just...

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Coming soon: SIMS interventions

Interventions make a difference - prove it! As well as working with school assessment systems, I'm a school governor for a medium-sized primary school in a deprived area near Manchester. Not surprisingly I'm keen that our school uses SIMS to best effect and was...

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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...

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New SIMS KS4 resources are a ‘must have’ for schools

At the recent SIMS Annual Conference I was talked to lots of Capita people about the exciting things happening in SIMS over the next few years. I'll be blogging about the New SIMS Interventions module later but, for now, I want to blog about the new SIMS KS4...

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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...

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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...

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New KS4 Resources: Part 1

Introduction to the new SIMS KS4 Resources In the Spring 2016 release of SIMS, secondary schools will get access to a powerful set of new KS4 resources. The resources are in three parts: Templates and marksheets to calculate A8/P8 and analyse other useful metrics like...

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4 Ways to Set a Baseline in Assessment Without Levels

Why Summative Baselines Matter When I go into primary schools to create an assessment system one of the main discussion areas is usually progress: how to measure it and, crucially, what baseline to measure it from. With the old sub levels, the starting point for...

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9 Reasons Why SIMS is Ready for Assessment Without Levels

The last 12 months has seen a huge shift in the way schools use their assessment systems and for most of this time it's fair to say that SIMS has been catching up with the latest assessment thinking. November 2015 will see the release of the final key elements of...

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Assessment Without Levels Analysis in SIMS

In the spring Capita released their new programme of study marksheets as their 'assessment without levels' solution. In the summer release they included a new set of analysis and reporting routines. Schools who have already adopted the new marksheets, or who are...

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New SIMS KS4 Assessment Resources for Secondary Schools

Good new for secondary schools as Capita announce a set of pre-programmed resources for KS4. This is from Capita: From Autumn 2015 SIMS assessment are supporting schools with new resources for internal assessment analysis at KS4 using both old and new style GCSE...

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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...

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KS3 ‘Programme of Study’ Marksheets Now Available

Capita have released a patch that enables the new KS3 Assessment resources - good news for secondary schools who want to test drive the new 'programme of study' marksheets before September.  If you don't apply the patch you'll need to wait till the Autumn release to...

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Progress 8 Breakdowns Now Available

Last week the DfE release a breakdown of the seperate parts of progress 8. For the first time we have a breakdown that maps the KS2 fine decimal level to the English, Maths, Ebacc, Open and non-GCSE slots. Thanks to Mark Maher at Blacon High for bringing it to my...

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KS3 Programme of Study Marksheets for Secondary Schools

Yesterday I was at a meeting of local secondary schools with one of Capita's consultants, Matt Sharman. Secondary schools were keen to discuss Capita's approach to 'assessment without levels' and Capita are always keen to talk to schools. The focus of the meeting was...

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SIMS and Chris Quigley Assessment

Several people have asked about SIMS and Chris Quigley assessment milestones. Well, here's a system I developed for a school last week. As with most systems, the school wanted a few tweeks and changes to fit in with it's existing system, but the flexibility of SIMS...

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