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SIMS User Group Meeting - 9th December 2021

Written by Sims On Tuesday, 09 November 2021 13:11

SIMS User Group Meeting

Date:    Thursday 9th December 2021

Time:    2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

Venue: St Martin’s Primary School, Rowan Road, West Drayton UB7 7UF (Tel: 01895 717701)

The SimsforSchools team would like to invite you to join us for our next user group meeting where we will give an update on new and planned developments in SIMS. We would also welcome any SIMS related topics that you would like us to cover during the session.  Please forward any suggestions to the SimsforSchool team and we will endeavour to include these on the meeting agenda.

We look forward to seeing you at this terms session.

Refreshments will be provided.

**If you are planning to attend this meeting, can you please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as confirmation**

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Autumn 2021 School Workforce Census - 4th November 2021

Written by Sims On Tuesday, 21 September 2021 08:57

 

Please login and select the School Workforce Census Category to download the census preparation/production notes for your school

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Autumn 2021 School Census – 7th October 2021

Written by Sims On Monday, 20 September 2021 13:16

 

Please login and select the School Census Category to download the relevant school census preparation/production notes for your school.

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School Census Collection Dates - Academic Year 2021/2022

Written by Sims On Monday, 07 June 2021 14:45

 

School Census collection dates for academic year 2021/2022 are:

Autumn Term:   Thursday 7th October 2021

Spring Term:     Thursday 20th January 2022

Summer Term:  Thursday 19th May 2022

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SIMS Newsletter - April 2021

Written by Sims On Wednesday, 21 April 2021 14:57

 

Please click here to access the April 2021 issue of the SIMS Newsletter

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COVID-19 Related SIMS Attendance Subcodes

Written by Sims On Monday, 08 March 2021 10:48

Following consultation with the DfE, a range of subcodes have been added to the SIMS Attendance/Lesson Monitor application for session marks I (Illness) and X (Non-compulsory school age or COVID-19 related). The aim is to assist schools with differentiating pupil/students’ absence from school in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new subcodes have been added to schools SIMS databases for use via the Take Register/Edit Marks routines.

Please click here to access a presentation demonstrating the routine for adding the new subcodes to registers. Please take a few minutes to watch this brief presentation for an explanation of the process for entering the new subcodes.

Please Note: These codes are for reporting purposes only and will only be reflected in School Census in terms of their aggregation into attendance session code totals as per the table below:

Subcode Description Attendance session code
I01 Illness I
I02 Illness Confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) I
X01 Non compulsory school age pupil not required to be in school X
X02 Pupil self-isolating with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms X
X03 Pupil self-isolating due to potential contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) INSIDE the school setting X
X04 Pupil self-isolating due to potential contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) OUTSIDE the school setting X
X05 Pupils required to self-isolate as part of quarantine requirement (after arriving in the UK from a non-exempt country or territory) X
X06 Pupil not in school because they have been advised specifically by their Doctor or public health authority that they are clinically extremely vulnerable and should not attend X
X07 Pupil advised specifically not to attend school as part of restrictions to education set out in Government advice X
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Pupil Premium Allocation Date Change

Written by Sims On Friday, 12 February 2021 15:18

Pupil premium 2021-2022

On 17 December, the Government announced that the pupil premium rates will remain unchanged for the financial year 2021-22 and that, from 2021-22 onwards, pupil premium allocations for mainstream and special schools will be based on the October census. Pupil premium funding for the financial year starting on 1 April 2021 will therefore be based on the October 2020 census instead of the January census as would have previously been the case. We have now published further information on this administrative change on www.gov.uk. It can be found under “allocation changes from 2021 to 2022”

This administrative change brings the pupil premium in line with how the rest of the core schools’ budget is calculated and going forward it will provide both schools and DfE with greater certainty around future funding levels earlier in the year.

Total pupil premium funding is expected to increase to more than £2.5 billion in 2021-22 as more children have become eligible for free school meals as a result of the impact of the pandemic.
Pupil premium COLLECT report
As the spring school census will only be used to inform the pupil premium allocation for PRUs, AP academies and AP free schools, the report will only return pupil numbers for these school types. For all mainstream schools and special schools, the pupil premium report will be made available in the autumn census.

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Parents Email Report

Written by Sims On Friday, 13 March 2020 09:40

 

Parents Email Report Design

Please click here to access the routine to design a report to show parent email addresses for use in case of emergency.

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Attendance Report for Local Authority Monthly Return

Written by Sims On Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:55

 

Please see below the routine for producing the required information for the whole school session attendance section of the monthly return spreadsheet:

Attendance whole school: from start of academic year to current month

This can be obtained via route: Reports | Attendance | Group Reports | Group Analysis by Attendance Category Report then:

  1. Enter the required date range
  2. Select Group Type of Whole School
  3. Click Search
  4. Click Print and OK
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Patches to delete data no longer collected by DfE Census

Written by Sims On Thursday, 06 December 2018 13:03

 

As the DfE census will no longer collect Proficiency in English, Pupil Country of Birth or Pupil Nationality data, Capita SIMS have released three patches to delete data that is no longer collected from school databases:

  • Proficiency in English Patch - Deletes all records for Proficiency in English information for all past, present and future students. Where a student has multiple proficiency entries, the patch will remove all instances of this.
  • National Identity Patch - Deletes the National Identity for all past, present and future students.
  • Country of Birth/Nationality Patch - Deletes the Country of Birth and where present the Nationality (actually called Nation inside the expanded Nationality and Passport Details record, only where passport details are blank) for all past, present and future students.

  If you would like any or all of these patches to be applied to your school Sims database, please contact the SimsforSchools team via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Welcome to SIMS For Schools

Support and guidance in the use of SIMS software (and related issues) is provided by our team of professional, dedicated staff who all have experience of working in the school environment. Advice is provided for the production of DFE and LA statutory returns and how to maximise the effectiveness of school data and thus reduce administrative burdens. Specialist training courses are provided in a dedicated training room and a number of training sessions are included in the support package free each year.

The SIMS helpdesk is available between the hours of 8am - 5pm during term time and from 9am - 4pm during school holidays.

Please be aware that SimsforSchools provides support primarily for schools in the London Borough of Hillingdon. To obtain details of your local support unit please call 0800 170 7005.

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    SIMS User Group Meeting - 9th December 2021

    SIMS User Group Meeting

    Date:    Thursday 9th December 2021

    Time:    2.30 pm - 4.00 pm

    Venue: St Martin’s Primary School, Rowan Road, West Drayton UB7 7UF (Tel: 01895 717701)

    The SimsforSchools team would like to invite you to join us for our next user group meeting where we will give an update on new and planned developments in SIMS. We would also welcome any SIMS related topics that you would like us to cover during the session.  Please forward any suggestions to the SimsforSchool team and we will endeavour to include these on the meeting agenda.

    We look forward to seeing you at this terms session.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    **If you are planning to attend this meeting, can you please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as confirmation**

    Autumn 2021 School Workforce Census - 4th November 2021

     

    Please login and select the School Workforce Census Category to download the census preparation/production notes for your school

    Autumn 2021 School Census – 7th October 2021

     

    Please login and select the School Census Category to download the relevant school census preparation/production notes for your school.

    School Census Collection Dates - Academic Year 2021/2022

     

    School Census collection dates for academic year 2021/2022 are:

    Autumn Term:   Thursday 7th October 2021

    Spring Term:     Thursday 20th January 2022

    Summer Term:  Thursday 19th May 2022

    SIMS Newsletter - April 2021

     

    Please click here to access the April 2021 issue of the SIMS Newsletter

    COVID-19 Related SIMS Attendance Subcodes

    Following consultation with the DfE, a range of subcodes have been added to the SIMS Attendance/Lesson Monitor application for session marks I (Illness) and X (Non-compulsory school age or COVID-19 related). The aim is to assist schools with differentiating pupil/students’ absence from school in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The new subcodes have been added to schools SIMS databases for use via the Take Register/Edit Marks routines.

    Please click here to access a presentation demonstrating the routine for adding the new subcodes to registers. Please take a few minutes to watch this brief presentation for an explanation of the process for entering the new subcodes.

    Please Note: These codes are for reporting purposes only and will only be reflected in School Census in terms of their aggregation into attendance session code totals as per the table below:

    Subcode Description Attendance session code
    I01 Illness I
    I02 Illness Confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) I
    X01 Non compulsory school age pupil not required to be in school X
    X02 Pupil self-isolating with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms X
    X03 Pupil self-isolating due to potential contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) INSIDE the school setting X
    X04 Pupil self-isolating due to potential contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) OUTSIDE the school setting X
    X05 Pupils required to self-isolate as part of quarantine requirement (after arriving in the UK from a non-exempt country or territory) X
    X06 Pupil not in school because they have been advised specifically by their Doctor or public health authority that they are clinically extremely vulnerable and should not attend X
    X07 Pupil advised specifically not to attend school as part of restrictions to education set out in Government advice X

    Pupil Premium Allocation Date Change

    Pupil premium 2021-2022

    On 17 December, the Government announced that the pupil premium rates will remain unchanged for the financial year 2021-22 and that, from 2021-22 onwards, pupil premium allocations for mainstream and special schools will be based on the October census. Pupil premium funding for the financial year starting on 1 April 2021 will therefore be based on the October 2020 census instead of the January census as would have previously been the case. We have now published further information on this administrative change on www.gov.uk. It can be found under “allocation changes from 2021 to 2022”

    This administrative change brings the pupil premium in line with how the rest of the core schools’ budget is calculated and going forward it will provide both schools and DfE with greater certainty around future funding levels earlier in the year.

    Total pupil premium funding is expected to increase to more than £2.5 billion in 2021-22 as more children have become eligible for free school meals as a result of the impact of the pandemic.
    Pupil premium COLLECT report
    As the spring school census will only be used to inform the pupil premium allocation for PRUs, AP academies and AP free schools, the report will only return pupil numbers for these school types. For all mainstream schools and special schools, the pupil premium report will be made available in the autumn census.

    Parents Email Report

     

    Parents Email Report Design

    Please click here to access the routine to design a report to show parent email addresses for use in case of emergency.

    Attendance Report for Local Authority Monthly Return

     

    Please see below the routine for producing the required information for the whole school session attendance section of the monthly return spreadsheet:

    Attendance whole school: from start of academic year to current month

    This can be obtained via route: Reports | Attendance | Group Reports | Group Analysis by Attendance Category Report then:

    1. Enter the required date range
    2. Select Group Type of Whole School
    3. Click Search
    4. Click Print and OK

    Patches to delete data no longer collected by DfE Census

     

    As the DfE census will no longer collect Proficiency in English, Pupil Country of Birth or Pupil Nationality data, Capita SIMS have released three patches to delete data that is no longer collected from school databases:

    • Proficiency in English Patch - Deletes all records for Proficiency in English information for all past, present and future students. Where a student has multiple proficiency entries, the patch will remove all instances of this.
    • National Identity Patch - Deletes the National Identity for all past, present and future students.
    • Country of Birth/Nationality Patch - Deletes the Country of Birth and where present the Nationality (actually called Nation inside the expanded Nationality and Passport Details record, only where passport details are blank) for all past, present and future students.

      If you would like any or all of these patches to be applied to your school Sims database, please contact the SimsforSchools team via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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