SIMS Courses

If a course is fully booked or there is not a suitable date you will be put on a waiting list for the next available date.

 

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Discover - Overview - Training available on request

Course overview

SIMS Discover helps you drill down into your data so you can monitor at risk groups, assess intervention strategies and see the whole picture of your school.  Learn how you can use it to its full potential.

For the Assessment functionality with Discover please see our other courses.

Learning outcomes

  • Familiarise yourself with the Discover interface

  • Learn how to create your own graphs and filter them

  • Learn how to set up Discover Groups for use in SIMS

  • Learn how to use the configuration utility

SIMS NEW Office User  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
9th September 2021

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 12.00 (session 1)

1.30 - 3.30pm (session 2)

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

Delegates attend both sessions.

 

Course overview

Help your school to run like clockwork by learning how to enter and maintain accurate data.
Explore the key functionality and features in SIMS to enable your school to run efficiently through its effective use of data.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain a basic understanding of entering and amending pupil data in SIMS

  • Learn how to enter pupil related data, such as contacts and agencies

  • Become familiar with navigating around the system

  • Learn basic housekeeping routines 

Introduction to Reporting  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
16th September 2021

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 12.00 (session 1)

1.30 - 3.30pm (session 2)

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

Delegates attend both sessions.

 

Course overview

This course introduces you to the report designing process within SIMS.
It allows interrogation of the SIMS database to extract data and produce appropriate reports to allow informed decision making and aid school
improvement.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand how to run and edit existing reports

  • Learn how to design new reports to run in Word, Excel or to be web based

  • Use basic filters, sequences and sub reports

  • Create analysis reports - import and export reports

Attendance - NEW Users  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
22nd September 2021

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 12.00 (session 1)

1.30 - 3.30pm (session 2)

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

Delegates attend both sessions.

 

Course overview

Strong attendance has a direct impact on achievement.  Learn how to make the best use of SIMS attendance for effective attendance monitoring.
Learn how to use SIMS Attendance to meet the day-to-day requirements for monitoring attendance and ensuring statutory reporting compliance.

Learning outcomes

  • Know how to develop and implement successful strategies for managing attendance, data, reports and statistical information 

  • Develop a system for first day of absence, create letters, certificates and reports

SIMS Cover 
22nd September 2021

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 12.00 (session 1)

1.30 - 3.30pm (session 2)

MIDAS subscribers: £116

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

Delegates attend both sessions.

 

Course overview

Covering staff absence can cause headaches for senior leaders.  Understand how to implement Cover to manage all aspects of classroom staff absence and to explore the dynamic links of the module to other areas of SIMS such as SIMS Personnel.

 

Learning outcomes

  • The optional migration of Nova-T cover data

  • Global settings available to customise the module

  • Links to SIMS Personnel

  • Managing supply cover

  • Declaring teaching absence and arranging cover

  • Printing of the cover arrangements

  • Cover statistics and impact summaries

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School Census Workshop
23rd September 2021

​Venue: Online

​Time: 10 - 12pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

Who should attend?

Anyone is welcome to attend but the workshop will be aimed at users who are new to running a school census return.

 

Personnel New Users
29th September 2021

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 12.00 (session 1)

1.30 - 3.30pm (session 2)

MIDAS subscribers: £116

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

Delegates attend both sessions.

Course overview

This course covers the maintenance and management of staff personal, professional and contractual data. 

 Delegates are shown how to deal with new appointments and leavers, promotions and other data adjustments with a focus on data collected by the school workforce census, as well as links to the SIMS Finance module.

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to effectively manage and maintain Personnel 7

  • Be familiar with the range of personnel related data which can be held in SIMS

  • Be able to add new and edit existing personnel records

  • Be able to maintain pay and contract related data

  • Be able to maintain personnel data to support statutory returns including school workforce census

  • Be able to effectively manage and maintain Personnel 7

  • Know how to record training and absences for staff

Exams Organiser - 2 (half) day course 
5th and 6th October 2021

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 12.00 (session 1)

1.30 - 3.30pm (session 2)

MIDAS subscribers: £145

​Non MIDAS subscribers £175

Delegates attend both sessions.

Course overview

 

Explore all aspects of managing external examinations using SIMS Examinations Organiser.

 This will enable you to streamline your examinations process, saving you administration time while ensuring your data is accurate.

 

Learning outcomes

 

  • Setting up the Examinations Organiser module

  • Entering candidates for examinations and recording forecast grades and coursework marks

  • Submitting data to examination boards

  • Using seating organiser

  • Dealing with clashes

School Workforce Census Workshop
13th October 2021

​Venue: Online

​Time: 10  - 12pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

What is the workshop for?
To prepare schools for their statutory School Workforce Census
To explain which staff members are in scope.
To demonstrate which data items will be collected.
A demonstration on how to complete the fields in SIMS.net
A demonstration on how to upload your return.
Documentation will be made available from MIDAS Portal Area : https://bit.ly/midaspages
Follow the link to Downloads and select Workforce Census.

Advanced Reporting
14th October 2021

Course overview

This course covers all aspects of creating and editing more complex reports.


Each stage of the reporting process is covered with particular focus on report templates which will facilitate outputs such as mail merge and photograph reports.


You should have either attended the “Reporting: Introduction” course or have a working knowledge of SIMS reporting techniques.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Design your own templates to meet the needs of your school

  • Produce reports for classes, groups and individuals

  • Construct complex filters for in depth data analysis

  • Create mail merge reports for letters and labels

  • Design individual and group photo reports

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 12.00 (session 1)

1.30 - 3.30pm (session 2)

MIDAS subscribers: £116

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

Delegates attend both sessions.

Attendance Reporting
3rd November 2021

Time: 9.30 - 12.00 (session 1)

1.30 - 3.30pm (session 2)

MIDAS subscribers: £116

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

Delegates attend both sessions.

 

Course overview

This course is designed to ensure users make the most of valuable management information that has been collated as part of routine attendance registration.

Learning outcomes

  • use the SIMS home page to monitor attendance and real time data

  • Appreciate the functionality afforded by the pre-defined attendance reports  and displays

  • Simplify procedures to produce letters and certificates directly from SIMS attendance

  • Analyse data in Discover

Assessment Manager - Essential Skills
10th November 2021

Time: 9.30 - 12.00 (session 1)

1.30 - 3.30pm (session 2)

MIDAS subscribers: £116

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

Delegates attend both sessions.

 

Course overview

This course covers all aspects of creating and editing more complex reports.


Each stage of the reporting process is covered with particular focus on report templates which will facilitate outputs such as mail merge and photograph reports.


You should have either attended the “Reporting: Introduction” course or have a working knowledge of SIMS reporting techniques.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Design your own templates to meet the needs of your school

  • Produce reports for classes, groups and individuals

  • Construct complex filters for in depth data analysis

  • Create mail merge reports for letters and labels

  • Design individual and group photo reports