The holidays are now upon us, but before you swap your desk chair for your deck chair, your blackboard for your surfboard or your daily dose of SIMS for a daily dose of Pimms (!), let me fill you in on the SIMS Independent summer release.
Here are my 3 highlights:
I would imagine that’s the last acronym anyone wants to hear at the moment, but we’ve all made it out the other side, albeit wearier and a tad weather-beaten perhaps! So here’s a quick recap of how SIMS has been improved to help you with compliance.
You can now produce a Person Data Output (PDO) report for a student, member of staff and any other contacts to assist with Subject Access Requests (SAR) received.
The Parent App Lite is available to all SIMS Independent customers as part of your Annual Entitlement and it allows parents to update their own information as well as their children’s information held by their school. The app ensures data accuracy and with its approval mechanism, gives the school full control over their information before SIMS is updated.
You can add our partner product, GDPRiS to your SIMS ecosystem to enable you to monitor, evidence and record your data procedures to help you meet the new regulations.
What’s more, to help schools meet their retention policies we have added a new menu option which will allow you to delete data for leavers who left more than three years ago. It enables you to delete; alerts, attendance data, concessions, conduct data, curriculum information, assessment data and SEN data.
2. Latest Change Requests
We are continuing to enhance SIMS with the most popular change requests. These include:
- Exporting to Excel from the quick search
- Freezing the student contextual information on a mark sheet
- Saving time on an assessment template when adding new aspects
- Enabling teachers to add further information on the student teacher view
3. Independent Schools Council – Exams Analysis
As you know, this is the second year of reformed GCSEs and I suspect you will be receiving both the old-style A* to G grades and the new grades 9 to 1.
As an independent school, you’ll need to send your exam analysis for Years 11 and 13 to the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and we have again been working with the ISC to make producing your analysis less time-consuming and more efficient.
The report, aptly named the “ISC Exams Analysis 2018” report, has been updated and will now output your students’ results which can then be uploaded to the ISC web portal. What’s more, this report can be run multiple times for different exams including GCSE, A Level and Pre-U. We have also updated our quick reference sheets which can be found in the documentation centre.
Please note: You will need to upgrade to the summer release before uploading your exam results.
And that’s it from me. I hope you’ll welcome all the enhancements we have included in the SIMS summer release and that they’ll prove useful to staff in many different roles across your school. Further details on the summer release can be found on My Account as usual (Independent release note no. 6313).
Please do let me know what you think by using the blog comments section below.
And lastly, in the famous words of Seneca, remember, “The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better or the rest.”
I hope you have a good, relaxing summer break!
Market Requirements Manager, SIMS Independent and International