Welcome to our latest news

  • Welcome back!

We hope you had a relaxing Summer break, despite it already feeling like an eternity ago!

Over the summer we’ve updated the Customer Portal, so please log in to check what’s new. If you need a reminder of how to log into the customer portal please click the link below for the latest guide: –

Customer Portal

  • Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is available from Keys to success to download and import into SIMS. Please click link for guidance on how to do this: –

Importing Pupil Premium.

Also available for download is an advice sheet on Pupil Premium and SIMS: –

Customer Success Manager Guide to SIMS and Pupil Premium.


  • School Census

All the guidance notes for the census on 3rd October are available to download from the customer portal and we would suggest that you complete a dry run as soon as possible to allow time to deal with any errors or queries. Courses are available for those who need training.  Also available to download is how to deploy a fileset using SOLUS for those who have not used this facility before: –

Configuring SOLUS3 to deploy the Census File Set (1)

  • Ofsted Changes

Ofsted New Framework comes in 6th September 2019

Key Headlines

Inspection notification phone calls will last for 90 minutes to allow for a deeper professional dialogue with the Headteacher. Inspection could start 2.5 hrs after the call.

Ofsted grades stay the same: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate

The judgement categories have been revised and will now cover: Quality of Education, Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development, Leadership and Management.

Key themes

Reducing workload for teachers (effective use of MIS), an emphasis on good character and resilience among pupils, tackling off-rolling and a broad, well-balanced knowledge-rich curriculum. Inspectors will not consider internal assessment data and will instead consider its purpose and the use to which it is put, specifically, how it is used to improve the overall quality of education.

47% of outstanding schools inspected last year are no longer outstanding – 17% are inadequate. To be outstanding, inspected schools will need to meet all the criteria, currently it is a best fit and a judgement from the lead inspector.

Check out our upcoming courses to find out more about how SIMS can help you, courses we think you will find particularly useful are Assessing without Levels and Interventions.

Please see our knowledge base for helpful pre-defined reports and further information.

Training and Events

Click on the following links to view all our upcoming SIMS training courses or to book your place: –

FREE Best Practice in SIMS Seminars…

  • Wiltshire – 23rd October (Oakford Technology Ltd, Court Hill, Potterne, Devizes, SN10 5PN

Further information: Best Practice in SIMS – Wiltshire 23rd October 2019

  • Cheadle – 19th November (Cheadle House Hotel, Royal Crescent, Cheadle, SK8 3FS)
  • Ealing – 26th November (Venue TBC)
  • Essex – coming soon, register your interest
To book your place or register your interest for any of the above send your name, job title, establishment name, contact number and any dietary requirements to: marketing@schoolicts.co.uk

Additional useful information


If you like what we do we’d love for you to give us a Google or Facebook review! If you’re not sure how you can do this please e-mail: marketing@schoolicts.co.uk and we can explain how. Additionally, if you’d be happy to act as a case-study reference for us, please contact: louisa.knighton@schoolicts.co.uk who will simply ask you a few questions then write up your answers and send through to you for your approval.

Industry Events

Which events are you planning to visit? If you let us know which events you’re planning to be at we’ll do our best to be there too! Please e-mail: marketing@schoolicts.co.uk to let us know.

Schools and Academies Show 2019 

School ICT will be attending this years Schools and Academies Show on the 13th and 14th November in Birmingham, for further information visit: https://schoolsandacademiesshowbirmingham.co.uk/

Did you know…
We can help with recruitment of non-teaching roles? Visit: http://www.schoolictresourcing.co.uk for further information
We are hiring! 
We’re currently recruiting for an MIS Consultant and an IT Technician, visit https://www.schoolicts.co.uk/vacancies/
to view the full job descriptions and how to apply.
Windows 7 end of life…
Support for Windows 7 is ending on the 14th January 2020, which means no further security fixes or vulnerability patches will be available for PCs running Windows 7, leaving systems and networks at great risk. Don’t leave it too late to address this! Contact the School ICT helpdesk: – helpdesk@schoolicts.co.uk for more information.

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