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.

SIMS NEW Office User  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
27th April 2022

​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 

NEW - SIMS Mail Merge Workshop FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
3rd May 2022

​Venue: Online

​Time: 1 - 3pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

Course overview

This workshop is being held to take users step by step through the process of setting up Mail Merge letters and labels to run directly from SIMS. 

 To be able to participate in the training session, you will need access to a computer with a camera and an activated microphone. If, at all possible, please try to borrow an additional screen or laptop. You will find it very advantageous to have two screens as this will allow you to follow the course on one screen whilst simultaneously being able to create your Mail Merge reports in SIMS, on the other screen.

 

Labels

 If you wish to create a label report in SIMS during the workshop, please make sure that you know what the Avery A4/5 product number of your labels is.  If your school is not using Avery labels, it is still essential to know what the equivalent Avery A4/5 product number is.

Attendance - NEW Users  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
4th May 2022

​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

End of Year and Key Stage Workshops 11th May 2022
 

Time: 10 - 12.30 am session

1.15 - 3.45 pm session

MIDAS Subscribers: £FREE

Non MIDAS subscribres : £50

 

Course overview

For School Administrative Staff

 

Please note that the sessions offered will be virtual via Microsoft Teams and they will be for all school phases.

 

Full process documentation will be available via the MIDAS Pages or the Schools Download site

 

One Workshop session includes a Key Stage demonstration followed by an End of Year demonstration.

 

Introduction to Reporting  FREE FOR MIDAS SUBSCRIBERS!
25th May 2022 

​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

Personnel Reporting
7th June 2022

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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Advanced Reporting
14th June 2022

​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

Attendance Reporting
16th June 2022

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
21st June 2022

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

Personnel New Users
22nd June 2022

​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

Nova T Good Practice Workshop 
5th July 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

Examination Workshop
13th July 2022

Time: 10 - 1pm

MIDAS subscribers: £FREE

​Non MIDAS subscribers £50

 

Course overview

This workshop will demonstrate the process for downloading and analysing exam results. It will also include guidance for the return of exam statistics to the Local Authority and important information regarding the September School Census.

PLEASE BOOK YOUR PLACE BY WEDNESDAY 7TH JULY 2022 TO ENSURE A TEAMS INVITE IS SENT TO YOU.

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

​Venue: Online

​Time: 9.30 - 3.30pm

MIDAS subscribers: £145

​Non MIDAS subscribers £175

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

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