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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Reporting - Advanced
20th November 2019 or 11th March 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £160

​Non MIDAS subscribers £214

 

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

Nova T6 Good Practice Workshop 
21st November 2019

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 09:30 am - 12.30 pm

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

SIMS NEW Office User
8th January 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £214

 

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 

Pupil Census Workshop
9th January 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 9:30 am - 12.30 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

Course overview

The school pupil census for the Spring term will take place on 16th January 2020.  If you are new to census, or would like a refresher on the process, please consider booking onto the Census Workshop.

Census documentation will be available to download on bit.ly/midaspages under Documentation - Census - School Census, or on wsd.we-learn.com/downloads for non we-learn schools.  

The required fileset for this census has not yet been released by Capita.  When it is available we will send another email, including instructions on how to import it.  Please note, you can create a dry run of your census, and do any necessary preparation work, before receiving the fileset.  You will need to import the latest fileset, when available, before authorising your census.

Attendance - NEW Users
15th January 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £214

 

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
 22nd January 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £214

 

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 for Secondary Schools
23rd January 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 09:30 am - 4:00 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £160

​Non MIDAS subscribers £214

 

Course overview

Juggling students, classes and rooms can be time consuming.  Make your options process more efficient, saving you time and helping students to study the lessons they want.
Learn how the SIMS Options module can be used to manage the student options process.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Entry and analysis of student choices

  • Creating block structures and classes

  • Allocating the options

  • Editing the structure

  • Producing reports

  • Exporting the finished information to SIMS and Nova-T6

Safeguarding - How SIMS can support Safeguarding Arrangements
 29th January 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 09:30 am - 12:30 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

Course overview

Schools and academies are required to clearly evidence the impact of their safeguarding and welfare responses for individual pupils and at risk groups.  SIMS can provide the tools to help quickly identify patterns or changes in pupils' attendance, achievement or behaviour that could indicate that a problem needs addressing.  By being able to clearly evidence and assess the impact of your intervention strategy, schools can help keep pupils safe and provide a positive learning environment.  A free half -day presentation, this course provides SLT with an overview of SIMS, what it is used for, and how you can use the available data.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Safeguarding Best Practice School Staff Checks/DBS

  • Checks Behaviour Management and Exclusions Recording

  • Pupils Well-being Agents and Agencies/Third Party Organisations

  • Medical Conditions, Medicines and best practice

  • Using SIMS User Defined Options (User Defined Groups, Fields and Lookups)

  • SIMS Roles and Responsibilities

The Principles of Timetabling
30th January 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 09:30 am - 4:00 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £160

​Non MIDAS subscribers £214

 

Course overview

A largely theory based course to help staff understand the basic principles which are fundamental to school timetabling.
This course will look at the timetabler's year, the timetable cycle and major timetable decisions.  It will focus on implications for staffing, curriculum planning, the options process, scheduling and finance.  Also included will be a focus on analysing.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Stages of the timetabling process

  • Timetable quality

  • Curriculum and staffing analysis

  • Pre-scheduling feasibility

  • The major issues involved in timetabling

  • Who to involve in the process

  • What further training you require

Personnel - NEW Users
6th February 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £160

​Non MIDAS subscribers £214

 

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

  • 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 Know how to record training and absences for staff

Attendance Reporting
12th February 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £160

​Non MIDAS subscribers £214

 

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

Discover - Overview
13th February 2020

Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 09:30 am - 12.30 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £85

​Non MIDAS subscribers £112

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

Nova-T6 - New Users (4 Day course)
26th & 27th February 2020 (Day 1 & 2) and 5th & 6th May 2020 (Day 3 & 4)

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £550

​Non MIDAS subscribers £700

 

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

SIMS for Senior Leaders
3rd March 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time:  9:30 am - 12.30 pm

MIDAS subscribers: FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £112

 

Course overview

This course covers the maintenance and management of staff personal, Gain a better understanding of the capabilities of your SIMS system, and how to use this information to drive school improvement.

 

A free half-day presentation, this course provides SLT with an overview of SIMS, what it is used for, and how you can best use the data.

Learning outcomes

  • What can be recorded in SIMS

  • How to analyse this data

  • How to use Discover

  • How to use various modular reporting outputs

  • How to use the School Report

  • How to personalise your SIMS system

Personnel - Reporting
19th March 2020

​Venue: Pound Lane Learning Centre

​Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

MIDAS subscribers: £160

​Non MIDAS subscribers £214

 

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

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