SIMS News and Tips – January 2019

By 16th January 2019News, Software, Tips

SEN and SIMS – Did you know you can use SIMS for review letters?

Did you know that you can use this area of SIMS for sending out review letters?

You can also set up reminders for when reviews are due. Please see attached the guide on how these can be set up.

SIMS can be used to store details of all Specialist Support workers that visit the school and are linked to pupils to allow easy reporting and letter writing. Storing these details in the agency area of SIMS can save time looking for contact details in an emergency or when an appointment needs to be cancelled.

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Setting up SEN Review DownloadSetting up an Agency Download

Did you know you can use the Quick Search facility on the Homepage to check your data?

Typing ~F in the search bar will bring back any pupils who do not have a first language recorded in SIMS.

SEN codes – How to use in SIMS

K – SEN support
E – Education, health and Care Plan
N- No Special Education Need. This should only be recorded against pupils who have previously been identified as having SEN.

The software is designed so that pupils/students who had never had an SEN status are blank and pupils/students who had previously had an SEN status and corresponding need which is no longer required had a status of N.

Allocating all students who have never had an SEN Status a code N means that all students are returned in the SEN browse and will be on the SEN register.

SEN information is collected in the school census return.

Capita provided Patch 21841 which adds Checks 96 Database Diagnostics to delete SEN status of N – No Special Educational Needs where the students have never had any other status or SEN need.


Just a final reminder the deadline for submitting your census to COLLECT is 13th February 2019

New Telephone System

Due to the increase in demand for our service, we are looking to move to a new telephone system. The new phone system is being installed over the next 2 weeks in order to resolve this issue. During the installation period you may experience technical difficulties when calling the Helpdesk, please be advised that we are working on this issue and if you are disconnected abruptly please call back.  We would like to thank you for your patience whilst this is being introduced.

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