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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.

 

Don't forget we offer customised commission work for your establishment.

MIDAS New User Training - New Format - Available for Autumn Term

 

Each term, the MIDAS team run a selection of free training courses for new staff in MIDAS subscribing schools. These courses are designed with new staff in mind, to help them get familiar with the basics of SIMS.  

 

From September, these courses will no longer be offered, but, instead, we are going to be offering free online video training content for all users in MIDAS subscribing schools.  This will cover the training covered by the free courses, as well as additional housekeeping routines useful to all staff. 

 

This will give staff the ability to dip in and out of learning at a time convenient to them, revisit content multiple times if required, skip areas they already know about, and allow users to make the most of the time they have. 

Personnel Reporting
18th June 2024 & 19th September 2024

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £116

​Non MIDAS subscribers £145

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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

Advanced Reporting
20th June 2024 & 26th September 2024

​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

Assessment Manager - Essential Skills for Secondary Schools
25th June 2024 & 24th September 2024

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

Attendance Workshop 
27th June 2024

Time: 10 - 11am

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

You are invited to attend the Attendance Workshop which both the MiDAS and Warwickshire Attendance Teams (WAS) Teams will explain and go through the DfE's decision with effect September 2024 to :

Introduce New Attendance Code,

change existing Attendance Codes

Delete some of the existing codes.

Please note that the sessions offered will be virtual via MIcrosoft Teams and they will be for all school phrases and all MIS systems eg Arbor, BromCom and SIMS.

Full documentation will be available via the MIDAS Documentation pages website after the Workshop.

Attendance Reporting
26th September 2024

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

Exams Organiser - 2 Day course
2nd and 3rd October 2024

Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £175

​Non MIDAS subscribers £228

 

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 2nd October 2024

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

Day 2 - Session - 9.30 - 3.30pm 3rd October 2024

School Workforce Census Workshop
9th October 2024

Time: 10 - 12.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

What is the workshop for?

 

To prepare schools for the DfE statutory School Workforce Census on 7th November 2024.

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 using COLLECT website to upload your file

Personnel New Users
17th October 2024

​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

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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