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!
Spring term Jan 12th 2022

​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 

School Pupil Census Workshop 
13th January 2022

Time:10 - 1pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

Course overview

Workshop to help schools with the statutory pupil census return.
 

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.

Attendance - NEW Users  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
Spring term Jan 20th 2022

​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

Introduction to Reporting  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
Spring term Jan 2022 TBC

​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

SIMS Options Online 
January 27th 2022 

​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

Intended to help school staff create an Options Plan, offer course selections to students online and create an Options solution to meet the student's subject choices.

 

What you will learn

· How to define a new Options Plan

· How to design Course Offer Lists for student choices

· How to manage access to the Options Plan by students/parents to

collect student choices

· How to analyse and amend student choices

· How to create classes and place them into a blocking structure

· How to build an Options Solution to meet students’ choices and school requirements

· How to use reporting functionality to best use

· How to administer the export to SIMS and subsequently Nova T6.

Aimed at Timetablers and Data Managers with a basic understanding of their schools’ Options process and its relationship to the Timetable and Academic Manager.

Exams Organiser - 2 (half) day course 
Next date - To be arranged.

​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

Personnel New Users
3rd February 2022

​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

Advanced Reporting
Next date - To be arranged

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.

Assessment Manager - Essential Skills
Next date TBC

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

Attendance Reporting
3rd March 2022

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

Nova T Good Practice Workshop 
23rd March 2022

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

Nova-T6 - New Users (4 Day course) – 9th and 10th February 2022 (Day 1 & 2) and May 2022 - 4th and 5th May 2022 (Day 3 & 4) £288 MIDAS subscribers NON £360
 

Time:09.30 - 12pm 

MIDAS subscribers: £288

​Non MIDAS subscribers £360

 

Course overview

Nova-T6 is the SIMS curriculum planning and timetabling software for secondary schools.

This 4 day course covers all aspects of using the Nova-T6 software in order to plan the curriculum model, allocate resources to classes and construct & schedule the timetable

Learning outcomes

 

  • To be able to fully use the Nova-T6 software to design a successful timetable

  • To practice creating a timetable from scratch including designing the model, creating classes, scheduling, allocating rooms and the transfer to SIMS.

 

Times : 4 am sessions (delegates attend all four) – Session times:  9.30 - 12pm.