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Primary Assessment in 2019

Primary Assessment in 2019

I wrote this post before the news that SPTO, one of the main assessment products for primary schools, was to close at the end of December 2019. Perhaps we can expect more consolidation in the assessment marketplace. Ofsted have announced that they will no longer take...

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KS4 Resources Update October 2018

KS4 Resources Update October 2018

Capita have just released an update to their KS4 Resources to include the new estimates released by the DfE a few days ago. If you use the KS4 resources now is a good time to log in to MyAccount and download them. For convenience (or if you don't have access to...

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SIMS Primary Update October 2018

SIMS Primary Update October 2018

Introduction Last week I met with Graham Cooper and Ben Jones from Capita to talk about progress with SIMS Primary. A few weeks ago I blogged about how quiet progress seemed to be, since the official launch back in January and Graham was keen to update me on recent...

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Two new features for SIMS assessment for autumn 2018

Two new features for SIMS assessment for autumn 2018

If you are a true SIMS geek you'll love the first of these new features... New feature 1: Add new columns directly above an existing column Previously, new columns always used to add themselves to the bottom of the template. So if you wanted the new column to appear...

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Calculating KS1 to KS2 Progress Measures 2018

Calculating KS1 to KS2 Progress Measures 2018

You can now use SIMS to calculate the KS2 value added for your Y6 pupils. This article shows how to do it in simple steps. First, here's a video to show you how to set up and use the resources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSLSB3A9uJk&feature=youtu.be&hd=1...

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Using SIMS Interventions

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...

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Create a SIMS mobility report

Create a SIMS mobility report

When you are analysing your assessment data it can be useful to know how many pupils joined and left a particular year group as the cohort progresses through school. This report will list every pupil who was ever in the cohort, regardless of how long they stayed with...

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KS4 Resources Update October 2017

KS4 Resources Update October 2017

Capita have just released a new update to their KS4 Resources. If you use the resources you will want to download this update asap. The update includes the latest progress estimates, plus an update to allow combined science to recorded. New scatter graphs are also...

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Assessment in SIMS Next Generation

Assessment in SIMS Next Generation

In a previous post I talked in general terms about the changes to assessment in SIMS Next Generation. In this post I'm going to focus on assessment and what the changes to assessment manager will mean for those of us who develop systems in SIMS. Results will migrate...

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SIMS Primary, where are you?

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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