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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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SIMS NEW Office User  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
13th September 2023 

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

 

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 

Post 16 Workshop
20th September 2023

Time: 1.00 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

We are running a Post 16 Census workshop in readiness for the Autumn School Census.  It is taking place online via MS Teams on 29th June 2023. Course details are below.  If you'd like to reserve a place, you can do so by emailing ictdsservicedesk@warwickshire.gov.uk or by sending a booking request via www.ictds.org/sims-training-courses.

 

 

You can join the webinar from your computer. If your computer does not have speakers (to listen) and a microphone (to speak), you can use your phone by dialling the given number.

The joining details for the session will be sent nearer the date to the email address given at the time of booking. We will require a direct email address for the delegate to be invited onto the session. If you are placing the booking for another person, please ensure that the email address given is that of the person attending.

 

Workshop overview:

This workshop will demonstrate how Post 16 learning aims data is returned to the DfE from the SIMS school census software.

 

Learning outcomes:

 

  • How to maintain Course Manager for the purposes of Post 16 Learning Aims submission

  • Using and Importing QANs into SIMS

  • How to enter learning aims data

  • How to check your return

Pupil Census Workshop FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
21st September 2023

​Venue: Online

​Time: 10 - 12.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

Course overview

The workshop will be presented online, via Microsoft Teams and will run for about 2 to 2 and a half hours long. 10 - 12.30pm

 

The format will include a presentation detailing all statutory data requirements for a school census and will include a demonstration of how to create and manage a return in SIMS.

Post 16 Learning Aims will not be covered.

This workshop is free to schools that subscribe to the MIDAS Service.

Attendance - NEW Users  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
21st September 2023

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

 

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

Introduction to Reporting  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
26th September 2023

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

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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

Advanced Reporting
3rd October 2023

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £116

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

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

Exams Organiser 11th October 2023 & 12th October 2023 (2 day course)
 

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £175

​Non MIDAS subscribers £210

 

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

 

Please note this session will be now be delivered Online via 2 x teams sessions. However please note that following each session there will some practice material to work with should delegates wish to in the afternoon.

Delegates will be invited prior to the session and will need to attend both sessions.

Day 1 - Session - 9.30 - 3.30pm 4th October 2023

Delegates will be invited prior to the session and will need to attend both sessions.

Day 2 - Session - 9.30 - 3.30pm 5th October 2023

Personnel New Users
27th September 2023

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

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

School Workforce Census Workshop
11th October 2023

Who should attend?

 

As there are no significant changes to the School Workforce Census this year, the workshop is aimed at  NEW USERS

who have not previously completed a School Workforce Census return.

But have however, a sound knowledge in the use of SIMS

What are the workshops for?

 

To prepare schools for the DfE statutory School Workforce Census

To demonstrate which data items will be collected

A demonstration on how to complete the fields in SIMS

A demonstration on how to complete the fields in the Census

A demonstration on using COLLECT website to upload your file

​Venue: Online

​Time: 10 - 12.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

Attendance Reporting
19th October 2023

Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £116

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

 

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 for Secondary Schools
7th November 2023

Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £116

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

 

Course overview

Raising attainment across your school is key and SIMS Assessment is an efficient way of keeping track of all your students progress. Discover the potential of SIMS Assessment and how the software can be used to create customised tracking system to suit your school.

Learning outcomes

  • Creating grades and aspects

  • Creating and using result sets

  • Creating marksheets

  • Adding formulae Measure progress against target Term on term, year on year progress

  • Creating individual reports

  • Utilising system utilities

  • Bulk result/marksheet export

  • Bulk result/marksheet import

  • Bulk result change

Personnel Reporting
14th November 2023

Course overview

Explore the production of existing reports and design of custom reports to support the analysis of personnel data.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Use and edit existing reports

  • Design new reports

  • Create letters and labels using the mail-merge feature

  • Use the analysis tool to interpret data

  • Management of reports

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £116

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

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Nova T Good Practice Workshop 
Autumn term TBC

Time: 9.30 - 12.30

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

Course overview
This is a termly half day meeting of school staff responsible for planning and constructing the timetable. The agenda contains items of news, problem–solving, good advice and good practice to help users of Nova T6 make the best use of the software.

Learning outcomes
Better knowledge of the software to maximise user effectiveness
Sharing of best practise
Networking

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

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