SIMS Courses

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Tuesday
26/01/2021

9:30 - 12:30
SIMS.net Intermediate
8
8
Carol Noel
Microsoft Teams Meeting

SIMS .net is a School's Information Management system for recording / management of pupil and staff data.

It can record key data on individual attendance, progress, behaviour, achievements and special educational needs. This information is displayed on a single screen, with quick links to all the pupil / student information.

Target Audience: School Admin Assistants responsible for the input and maintenance of basic pupil / student data

Key Features: Following on from the Basic course this will look at more detailed pupil / student data

A variety of topics related to pupil / student data are covered including:

  • Maintaining the school's pastoral structure
  • Recording exclusion data
  • Adding pre-admission groups
  • Using the bulk update routine
  • Creating and using User Defined Fields
  • Maintaining / editing Lookup Tables

Thursday
28/01/2021

9:30 - 12:30
Personnel 7 Part 2
8
7
Elaine Davis
Microsoft Teams Meeting

The course follows on from Personnel 7 - Part 1 and demonstrates how to produce reports based on the data entered onto staff records to support pay related and absence data management.

Target Audience: New Admin Officers with responsibility for maintaining staff records. The course is aimed at staff with little or no knowledge of Personnel procedures.

Key Features: The Personnel Module is one of the key core modules in SIMS .net. Reporting in Personnel provides the opportunity to check and maintain the information on staff records ensuring records comply with School Workforce Census requirements.

Topics covered include:

  • Running basic Personnel reports
  • Running pay related reports
  • Reporting on staff training and absence

Wednesday
03/02/2021

9:30 - 12:30
SIMS.net Reporting Basic
8
6
Carol Noel
Microsoft Teams Meeting

SIMS .net has its own reporting facility. There are numerous reports provided within the software to allow users to extract useful information from the Pupil / Student database in a variety of formats. Users are also able to design their own reports to extract data specific to their requirements.

Target Audience: Delegates must be familiar with basic usage of SIMS .net

Key Features: The course will cover:

  • Running existing reports
  • Previewing reports before printing
  • Modifying reports
  • Designing basic reports in Word and Excel

Tuesday
09/02/2021

9:30 - 12:30
FMS Part 1
8
6
Elaine Davis
Microsoft Teams Meeting

FMS provides a comprehensive at-a-glance picture of your school's finances and resources to help your team to manage their day-to-day financial tasks. Administrative staff can handle payments quickly and efficiently, heads of departments can manage their budgets and bursars can track spending and staff costs against commitments.

Target Audience: School Finance staff new to FMS

Key Features: This course provides an introduction to the School Finance module for new staff.

Topics covered include:

  • Navigating FMS
  • Showing the FMS setup
  • Adding / editing suppliers
  • Producing orders and invoices
  • Processing cheque payments and BACS payments

Thursday
11/02/2021

9:30 - 12:30
Behaviour Management
8
8
Kunal Shah
Microsoft Teams Meeting

The course provides a complete overview of the SIMS Behaviour Management area which a school can use to record, monitor and manage its pupils’ behaviour and achievements, including detentions and the use of report cards.

Target Audience:  Familiarity with the pupil data held in SIMS will be helpful but it is more important that you have a good knowledge of the way behaviour and achievements are currently recorded, reported and analysed in your school and your school’s future ambitions in this area.

Key Features:  Routines included in the course include:

  • setting up and configuring the Behaviour Management area
  • editing relevant lookup tables to meet the needs of, and terminology used in, an individual school
  • using the behaviour and achievement recording routines for both individuals and groups of pupils
  • setting up and administering individual and scheduled detentions including letters to parents
  • defining report card templates and creating report cards to enable the monitoring of session/lesson behaviour
  • defining and recording interventions where required
  • producing reports on the data held in this area

Tuesday
23/02/2021

9:30 - 12:30
SIMS.net Reporting Intermediate - Primary
8
6
Carol Noel
Microsoft Teams Meeting

The course follows on from the Basic Reporting course and so assumes that users are able to create basic reports.

Target Audience:  This course requires users to have a basic knowledge of reporting up to the level obtained through the Basic Reporting course. It assumes that users are able to create basic reports and have used SIMS Analysis and other output types from SIMS.

Key Features: The course will equip users with a clear understanding of how reports are produced in SIMS and in particular be able to:

  • create reports using sub-reports
  • create report templates
  • understand why you would use a Rich Text Format report
  • create reports using different focuses
  • output reports to Excel

Thursday
25/02/2021

9:30 - 12:30
FMS Part 2
8
7
Elaine Davis
Microsoft Teams Meeting

FMS provides a comprehensive at-a-glance picture of your school's finances and resources to help your team to manage their day-to-day financial tasks. Administrative staff can handle payments quickly and efficiently, heads of departments can manage their budgets and bursars can track spending and staff costs against commitments.

Target Audience: School Finance staff with prior knowledge of the basics of FMS

Key Features: This course provides more in-depth training to the School Finance module for staff already familiar with FMS

Topics covered include:-

  • Funds and budget allocation
  • Processng a bank reconcilliation
  • Manual journal processing, including cash book journals and normal journals
  • Petty cash processing
  • Non-invoiced income
  • How to do a bank reconcilliation
  • Adding salary payments to individual members of staff
  • Maintaining staff salaries via the links from Personnel in SIMS .net
  • Running VAT returns and various reports

Tuesday
02/03/2021

9:30 - 12:30
SIMS.net Reporting Intermediate - Secondary
8
8
Kunal Shah
Microsoft Teams Meeting

The course follows on from the Basic Reporting course and therefore assumes that users are able to create basic reports.

Target Audience: This course requires users to have a basic knowledge of reporting up to the level obtained through the Basic Reporting course. It assumes that users are able to create basic reports which can be output to standard lists. 

Key Features: The course will equip users with a clear understanding of how reports are produced in SIMS and in particular be able to:

  • report using sub-reports
  • create a report from scratch
  • understand why you would use a Rich Text Format Report
  • look at different focuses and create reports using them
  • output reports to Excel