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August 2017 Updates to the KS4 Resources

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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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