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SIMS Summer Upgrade

For Primary and Secondary Schools

  • Centrally Hosted schools were upgraded during the latest downtime on 9 July 2016.
  • The upgrade has been released to locally hosted schools on SOLUS 3.
  • BSF schools will be upgraded when their data is migrated during the first two weeks of the summer holidays.
ALL schools should import the latest Report Definitions in SIMS by going to Reports | Import and browse for PreDefined_Reports_v7170RptDef
Changes have been made to the Documentation Centre (accessed from the top right of the SIMS Home Page). Documentation is now relevant to your school phase.

Primary and Secondary Schools:
It is now possible to specify start dates for Attendance when running the School Report.
CTF Version 16 from 1 August 2016 onwards will include data items:
  • Country of Birth
  • Proficiency in English
  • Nationality
Assessment Results accessed from Student Details Links can now be exported to Excel.
Pre-defined Data Collection Report includes Country of Birth and Nationality.
Includes data necessary to generate the School Autumn Census and the School Workforce Census.
New data fields available to record additional items required for Census 2016-2017 – via the Ethnic/Cultural panel:
  • Country of Birth
  • Nationality (in Nationality and Passport Details)
  • Proficiency in English
These data fields can also be updated using bulk update – Routines | Pupil | Bulk Update
Years E1 and E2 can now be added to the Pastoral Structure (note: only applicable where schools have approval to admit these pupils onto the school roll).

Secondary Schools only:
Exam or Assessment Results accessed from Student Details Links can now be exported to Excel.
Exam Numbers and UCI numbers are now visible on Student Details (but not editable).
Additional Levels made available for Nova-T6:
  • GCSNS = GCSE 9-1 short course
  • GCSNF = GCSE 9-1 full course
  • GCSND = GCSE 9-1 double course.


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