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Welcome to our April update and hello to the Summer Term!

We hope you had an enjoyable Easter break and find our April news update on all things MIS useful and informative. If there’s anything you would like including in future issues, or as a monthly feature, please do let us know by e-mailing: marketing@schoolicts.co.uk.

2021 Exam Results Processes following Ofqual consultation

Please see our guide which is available from our Customer Portal (my.schoolicts.co.uk

For JCQ Guidance on the determination of Grades for Summer 2021 please see the link below: –

https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/JCQ-Guidance-on-the-Determination-of-Grades-for-A-AS-Levels-and-GCSEs-Summer-2021.pdf 

BTEC Results Summer 2021

Monday 31st May 2021 – This is the deadline for submitting Results Entry 7B file for August results days. 

Remember to request your 7B basedata file, for all approved programmes, from Edexcel Online to complete this task.

There is a helpsheet available on our Customer Portal (my.schoolicts.co.ukin Knowledge Base / Categories under Exams to guide you through this. 

Exam Results Days Summer 2021 (Correct at time of going to press)

Exam results will be available to download securely for restricted release for GCE, FSMQ, Extended Project and Level 3 Vocational and Technical Qualifications from 00:01 on Monday 9th August and can be released to students from 08:00 on Tuesday 10th August 2021. 

GCSE, ELC, Foundation and Higher Projects and Level 1 and Level 2 Vocational and Technical qualifications can be downloaded securely for restricted release from 00:01 on Wednesday 11th August and can be released to students from 08:00 on Thursday 12th August 2021. Please check the JCQ and Awarding Bodies websites for any further updates.

Summer Census - May 20th 2021

Census Date is 20th May 2021. 

Guidance for preparing and producing the census is now available to download on the customer portal (my.schoolicts.co.uk) via Knowledge base/ Categories / Census 

Summer census will only be available after SIMS has been upgraded to the Spring release 7.198, this can be checked by logging into SIMS and selecting Help on the main toolbar and then About SIMS.net. 

Data collection periods for this census are as follows: –

Attendance collection from  01/01/2021 to 04/04/2021 
Exclusions collected from  01/08/2020 to 04/04/2021  
FSM collected from  22/01/2021 to 20/05/2021  
Learner Support collected from (Secondary schools only)  01/08/2021 to 20/05/2021 

Reminder on exclusions 

Just a reminder that for exclusions that start on or after 01/08/20 the DfE expects schools to cease the use of ‘other’ for exclusions. This reason will no longer be available in the latest SIMS release. 

SIMS Upgrade to 7.198 - New Features

Please see below a quick summary of some of the new features in the Spring Release: –

Assessment: It is now possible to add User Defined Fields to Assessment Marksheets and Template .

Homepage: It is now possible to configure an attendance and conduct panel to show current term to date cycle. 

Reports: Just a reminder to import the reporting catalogue following an upgrade in SIMS. To do this, navigate to Reports/Import then navigate to PreDefined Reports_V7.198. Once updated, reports are available to all users with appropriate permissions. 

Technical Roadmap - Unsupported Platforms

We ensure that there is always a copy of the latest Capita / ESS technical roadmap, the most recent version being from March 2020, available on our customer portal.

You can find the Technical Roadmap, which includes retirement dates to inform you of when platforms may become unsupported, on our customer portal under Knowledge base / Categories and Technical.  

Yearbook - For Primary and Secondary Schools

SIMS Training - Online and Distance Learning courses available

Distance Learning 

The following courses have now been added to our Distance learning offering, allowing delegates the flexibility to work through a course anytime, at their own pace, with access to the course for a full year: –

  • SIMS New Office User 
  • Standard Reporting 
  • Personnel 
  • Curriculum Management Using Nova T6 (Usually the full 4-day Nova course) 

Please check out the link below to view other courses available: https://learning.schoolicts.co.uk/ 

Online (live) Training Courses this term: –  

Places are strictly limited so please do book early to avoid disappointment.  

April Courses 

  • 26/04/2021 Exams Organiser – 2 days 
  • 28/04/2021 Extended Reporting 
  • 29/04/2021 Personnel 
  • 30/04/2021 FMS School Fund 

May Courses 

  • 04/05/2021 Data Collection Sheets 
  • 05/05/2021 Secondary New Office User 
  • 06/05/2021 Secondary Summer Census 
  • 07/05/2021 Primary Summer Census 
  • 10/05/2021 Primary New Office User 
  • 13/05/2021 Assessment Essential Skills – 2 days 
  • 17/05/2021 Lesson Monitor 
  • 24/05/2021 System Manager 
  • 25/05/2021 Introducing InTouch to your School 
  • 26/05/2021 Managing Student Classes and Timetables 
  • 27/05/2021 Preparing for a New School Year – Primary 
  • 28/05/2021 Preparing for a New School Year – Secondary 

Please use the link below to check availability or book a place: – 

https://www.schoolicts.co.uk/online-training/ 

FREE Best Practice in SIMS Webinars for Primary and Secondary Schools - book now!

Our Summer Term Best Practice in SIMS webinars are taking place in May! Please find information on dates, timings, outline agendas and how to book below: –

Primary: Tuesday 11th May, 9.30am 

  • – End of year procedures top tips 
  • – Census Update 
  • – Managing interventions 
  • – Pupil premium in SIMS 

Secondary: Wednesday 12th May, 9.30am 

  • – End of year procedures top tips 
  • – Census Update 
  • – Exam Arrangements for 2021 
  • – Preparing Course Manager ahead of the Autumn post 16 Census 

Please use the following link to book your place: –

https://www.schoolicts.co.uk/latest-events/  or e-mail: marketing@schoolicts.co.uk with any queries.

Automating Pre-Admissions - FREE Webinar from Operoo (formerly CareMonkey) on the 6th May

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FREE Webinar: Automating SIMS Pre-Admissions including a case-study on Allerton High School.

Attend this free webinar, delivered by our partner Operoo, (formerly CareMonkey), to hear about the common pre-admissions challenges Allerton High School in Leeds faced, the solutions they found, and the stunning results they’ve achieved. Then, see how to easily replicate Allerton’s success at your school or MAT. Eliminate your recurring paperwork pains and realise massive productivity gains.

Like most UK schools, Allerton High School in Leeds used to loathe conducting annual pre-admissions. Largely manual and paper-based, the process meant hundreds of repetitive, time-consuming, laborious and error-prone tasks. This webinar will take you through how Allerton digitally transformed the way it manages pre-admissions, streamlining the entire process, automatically on-boarding new students once admitted, and instantly syncing data back into its Management Information System (SIMS).

Click here for more information or to book your place

MIS Server Migrations - book now for May half term or Summer holidays!

Did you know… there are retirement dates set on all support platforms? These often go unnoticed, leading to poor system performance.

At School ICT, we understand that protecting your school’s data is a number one priority and critical to your schools success.

To ensure your systems are running as quickly and efficiently as possible our specialist team of accredited technical experts provide a complete and cost effective SIMS server migration, transferring your data safely and securely, minimising downtime and ensuring continuity of the smooth running of your school.

To find out more about what’s included in our MIS Server migrations click here or call us on: 0345 222 6802.

Thinking of changing your MIS? Talk to us!

Changing your MIS is a big decision for any school, at School ICT we have years of experience helping schools switch their MIS system.

We have created a document to help schools when thinking of moving MIS to assess all aspects of a move including: – cost, functionality, existing contracts, training, and third-party links. This can be downloaded from the Customer Portal via Knowledgebase/Categories/SIMS General/Changing MIS-Assessing functionality and Cost. You can of course give us a call and we can help you to ensure you are making the right decision for your school.

School ICT can offer Health checks and best practice sessions to ensure you’re getting the most out of your MIS system before making the switch, for example there are solutions to make SIMS accessible from anywhere. For more information please contact helpdesk@schoolicts.co.uk.

Teaching Through Technology - Free Half Day Consultancy

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School ICT can support your whole team with training, consultancy and team teaching to maximise the impact that the smart use of technology can provide across all key stages within your school, ensuring the technology you’ve already invested in, is being used to its full potential. 

We are currently offering a FREE half day consultancy with Simon Bradshaw, our Educational Consultant, to create a bespoke action plan for your school. Click here for more information.

We are hiring!

School ICT are currently recruiting for the following vacancies, if you’re looking for a new challenge or know someone that is we’d love to hear from you: –

  • MIS Support Officer
  • IT Helpdesk Consultant
  • Finance Administrator
  • Finance Apprentice

For further information please visit the vacancies page on the School ICT website.

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