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April Newsletter – All our latest information and updates regarding Covid-19, SIMS, training and more…

By 28th April 2020 May 4th, 2020 No Comments
Please keep checking the 'News' section of the School ICT website for all our latest news and updates.

Welcome to our new Team member!

Due to continued growth we welcome James Thomas, MIS Consultant, to the SIMS team.

Please be assured that we are committed to delivering the training and support that you need during this difficult time. Our SIMS support team are using tried and tested remote technology solutions to work from home, ensuring we continue to deliver support to all of our valued customers.         

Please keep checking the news section of the School ICT website for the latest information.

We are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of both our staff and customers.

Remote Training and Consultancy

We are able to remotely deliver training and consultancy to our customers during this time.

Please contact us for more information on what options are available and to discuss your needs.

Summer School Census and Key Stage Data returns DfE update

Please see the below statement from the DfE regarding data collections, services and requests including the Summer census, Key stage returns and CFR to name a few.

“To help reduce the burden on educational and care settings at this time, the Department for Education (DfE) and its agencies have cancelled or paused all but the most essential data collections, services and requests from educational and care settings until the end of June 2020.” 

Please see the link below for the latest DfE guidance on these returns.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-reducing-burdens-on-educational-and-care-settings/reducing-burdens-on-educational-and-care-settings

Customer Portal

Please take time to log into the Customer Portal to view the updated content – we have introduced more “How to” videos and helpsheets to assist you to get the most out of SIMS. Should you need any further help please call us on the Helpdesk as we are operating as normal. If you need a customer portal account creating please contact us at helpdesk@schoolicts.co.uk.

For all our new customers, please click the below link for details of how to use the customer portal, the portal site address is: myschoolicts.co.uk

How to use the Customer Portal

Did you know? Housekeeping Routines

There are many routines which can be completed located under Tools / Housekeeping. Some of which, could be things such as:

  • Updating Salutation and Addressee
  • Tidy and Merge addresses
  • Checking unmatchable addresses
  • Duplicate Contacts
  • Bulk Deletion of historic data
  • Updating Lookups
  • Updating Other Schools and merging duplicates
  • Bulk update of student data

Some of the areas may not have been set up already in school. If so, please contact the Helpdesk for further support.

Did You Know? Programmes of Study

Programmes of Study has been created by Capita to support schools with the delivery of their assessment policy in line with the Government’s National Curriculum reforms. Included as standard are statements designed to help schools assess student attainment against age appropriate expectations and mastery of the subject areas. Programmes of Study has been developed in line with best practice principles. A flexible solution, it allows schools to adopt the pre-defined content or develop their own using the existing content as a guide. This flexibility enables schools to tailor the content in support of their own curriculum offering and their assessment policy. All this functionality is included in your existing SIMS package and comes at no additional cost.

Please click here for more details

Preparing for the new Academic Year in SIMS

You may wish to use this time to make a start with some of the end of year procedures in SIMS?

We would particularly encourage you to set up your new academic year whilst it is a little quieter. We have put all the documentation on our customer portal under FAQ and End of Year. Should you require any support with this please contact the Helpdesk.

Webinars

We have put together a full schedule of free webinars for our customers.  Customers were emailed the webinar schedule on 3 April. We are putting together a rolling schedule of new topics to run until normal service is resumed.  Please check back weekly to see what has been added. To find out more information please Click Here

Latest Case-studies

Click here to view the latest case-study video for School ICT https://www.schoolicts.co.uk/case-studies/
Please feel free to share with any colleagues from other establishments that are considering changing support providers!
If you’ve found the experience of moving to School ICT a positive one or if you’ve been with us for years and would be interested in providing either a hard-copy or video case-study for us, please contact our Marketing Manager who would love to hear from you: louisa.knighton@schoolicts.co.uk
 

School ICT Resourcing

Sign up to our SOS List!

Our SOS list is a monthly newsletter for those emergency staff issues, providing a definitive group of admin staff ready to ‘Support Our Schools’. Sign-up below via the School ICT Resourcing website, you never know when you might need it! 

https://www.schoolictresourcing.co.uk/sos-list/

We are currently recruiting for a variety of roles. If you have knowledge of SIMS and / or previous experience of working in a school environment we’d love to hear from you! The opportunities we have need varying levels of expertise from simple reception duties through to more complex Finance administration and even care takers.

We offer flexible working hours in term time only with both part-time and full-time options, excellent rates of pay and holiday pay. If you would like to talk to us about these roles or any other non-teaching opportunities then please contact us.

Visit: http://www.schoolictresourcing.co.uk, e-mail: helen.goddard@schoolictresourcing.co.uk  or call Helen on: 0345 222 6802 – option 3 for further information.

Leeds Conference Exhibitors

As a follow up to our conference in Leeds last month, which some of our local partners kindly supported us with, we wanted to give you a reminder of the services the partners there had to offer.

All the slides from both the Primary and Secondary sessions can be found on the School ICT Customer Portal. 

  • Care Monkey

Care Monkey are currently running a campaign aimed at SIMS schools, showcasing some fantastic new capabilities they have to help with the pre-admissions process. They are hosting a webinar on Thursday 30th April from 12-1pm, click here to register your place: https://www.caremonkey.com/2020/04/upcoming-webinar-digitise-and-automate-your-sims-pre-admissions-process/

  • Everest

Going all out to keep learners engaged and on task? Keep it simple, keep it structured, keep it interactive

During school closures it is important to engage with your whole school community.  Having a comprehensive parental engagement strategy means providing a simple, low maintenance way for teachers, students and parents to communicate.  Facilitating discussions about schoolwork, remote lessons and general wellbeing should provide reassurance to parents and students and help to ensure the best outcomes for each student.

  • A remote classroom solution
  • Reinforce learning
  • Simple remote access to SIMS

Everest offers all of this in one solution that is simple to deploy and even easier to use. To find out more click Here and for more information on Everest remote teaching click Here.

Contact details: www.edu365group.com, call: 07554 979552 or e-mail: Deborah.fisher@edu365group.com

  • Impero

Launched last month, Impero Back:drop – this is Imperos always entirely free cloud based safeguarding solution for schools that they have developed as a direct response to the COVID19 outbreak.

For more information, please take a look at the link below: https://www.imperosoftware.com/uk/impero-backdrop/

Impero are sharing this free service with selected partners only, to help schools in these unprecedented times with students being at home, potentially at risk of harm; neglect, abuse and witnessing domestic violence. Without young people having the constant safe haven of school, Impero want to help make safeguarding remotely that little bit more straightforward, with no budget required.

  • InVentry

The Number One Sign In & Visitor Management Solution for Education have a great offer to share with you – spread the cost over three years!

Click Here for more information.

  • NIG Installations

School ICT has recently partnered up with North Edge Installations for all our installation work. Please take a look at the attached flyer which covers some of the areas they could help you with – they can turn their hand to most things, having recently completed a successful installation of security gates at a Leeds School. Should you require any further information or if you’d like to find out more, please give us a call on: 0345 222 6802 or e-mail: enquiries@schoolicts.co.uk.

  • Sharp

Please see the attached PowerPoint presentation for further information on the Sharp PN-70HC1E screen along with further detail on Wireless Screen casting with EShare and the Hive Education Whiteboard Application.

Pastoral Genie

The School ICT Pastoral Genie provides a complete analysis of current and historic Attendance and Exclusion data for schools using SIMS, allowing easy comparison to national data.

The analysis is broken down by key groups and has been designed with Ofsted in mind. The Pastoral Genie provides analysis targeted to answer the questions Ofsted are likely to ask (and the less likely too).

It provides the information you require to provide a targeted approach to tracking. For further information or to place an order visit the School Genies website, to make your dreams come true! https://schoolgenies.co.uk/

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