SIMS has been integral to the improvement of Cwm Rhymni School in Wales, as Assistant Headteacher, Lloyd Mahoney, explains: “Band 1 is heavily weighted on GCSE results in English and maths and attendance. Over the years, SIMS has supported the school to improve and be successful in these areas.”
Lloyd explains how SIMS has transformed the school’s use of data. “We now have one interface for staff to access all the information they need. When staff created their own systems in Excel, marks weren’t available across the school and would even go missing: we don’t have these issues now. SIMS is reliable and dependable.”
Lloyd considers that SIMS particularly helps with tracking pupil progress and targeting underachievement earlier, and more easily: “With SIMS, we have a handle on where the pupils are heading academically and what measures might be needed to support and guide them towards fulfilling their potential. If interventions aren’t having an impact, we can try an alternative approach.”
“Attendance continues to be a school target for improvement and SIMS helps us focus on the key areas needing attention. SIMS Lesson Monitor certainly gives the pupils the message that we know who is where and when,” adds Lloyd.
The school’s jump in Level 2 attainment coincided with the introduction of traffic lighting into the SIMS marksheets. Headteacher Owain ap Dafydd says: “SIMS is integral to the continued development of the school. It supports the administrative work, certainly, but it also allows us to track our pupils’ progress in a thorough and rigorous manner. Securing and building upon the successes of the school would be impossible without the widespread use of SIMS. As Headteacher, SIMS gives me the ability to have a snapshot of any child at any time.”