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SIMS Primary, where are you?

Introduction At BETT in January 2018, Capita launched SIMS Primary - the new version of SIMS for primary schools. Promoted as the replacement for SIMS 7, it offered a re-designed interface, web browser compatibility and a re-designed assessment system. It looked good,...

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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...

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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...

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Graphing GLD EYFS Data in SIMS Discover

In an earlier post I described how you can install the latest EYFS marksheets and use them to calculate the GLD (good level of development) measure. I've also blogged about running the special SIMS report that creates an Excel spreadsheet to analyse that data. In this...

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Analysing GLD EYFS results in SIMS 2017

If you've followed the instruction in my previous blog post and calculated the good level of development measure for your EYFS pupils you be delighted to know that, if you are interested in analysing GLD EYFS results, SIMS now allows you to create a very deep analysis...

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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...

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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...

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Calculating EYFS Good Level of Development

Capita have release a set of EYFS marksheets that will be very useful for primary schools that want to identify the pupils who attained a Good Level of Development. Here's a sample: A good level of development (GLD) at the end of the early years foundation stage...

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Next Generation SIMS

SIMS 8 is nearly here! These days I spend rather too much time apologising for SIMS. Not for what it can do, but for how it looks. SIMS is an old battle-axe of a system: it does what is says on the tin, it's tough as old boots but it won't win any awards for the good...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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