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  • briefingsHave a Great Summer! from all at the ICT Service

    The ICT Service will of course still be here during the summer break.

    13 July 2017

  • briefingsChanges to the screen you see once logged in to Central Hosting

    The ICT Service will soon begin using the screen that you see after you have logged into Central Hosting to bring you non-critical but useful information for your school.

    13 July 2017

  • briefingsCongratulations to all Cambridgeshire Young People’s Film Festival Winners!

    The 10th Anniversary of the Cambridgeshire young People’s Film Festival has now taken place and we are extremely happy to announce the winning schools!

    13 July 2017

  • briefingsNew Look – Letters Home

    eSchools have redesigned Letters Home; all the tools you are familiar with are still available just a new simpler design – available to use now!

    13 July 2017

  • briefingsNew look email communications from The ICT Service

    Over the summer holidays and into the new Autumn Term you should begin to receive support and sales related emails from The ICT Service that have a new look and feel.

    13 July 2017

  • briefingsVigilance Against Ransomware

    The ICT Service has recently become aware of some schools that have allowed unlawful access to their systems to occur, which has resulted in demands for payment from scammers.

    13 July 2017

  • briefingsFree Account Management Support

    Free support is available for all Purple Mash and/or Starz+ users to get to grips with account management in preparation for the next academic year.

    13 July 2017

  • briefingsSummer Maths Challenge from J2E

    Primary school pupils are invited to continue developing their Maths skills throughout the summer break by participating in ‘J2blast’ – free to all primary schools.

    13 July 2017

  • briefingsDowntime: Saturday 15 July, 12 August & 9 September 2017

    On Saturday 15 July, 12 August & 9 September 2017 services from The ICT Service will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance requirements.

    13 July 2017

  • helplinesHelpline Closed - This Thursday from 12.00 - 2.00pm

    The ICT Service Helpline will be temporarily unavailable from 12.00pm until 2.00pm on Thursday 13 July 2017 for an all staff meeting.

    11 July 2017

  • helplinesSupport During the Summer Holidays

    The ICT Service Helpline will continue to be available throughout the Summer Holidays. We hope that you have a good summer and that you find some time to relax, recharge your batteries, so you return refreshed to face the challenges the new year will inevitably bring.

    11 July 2017

  • helplinesWorking in School during the Holidays

    Are you intending to work in school during the summer holidays? If you are, do you know what to do if you turn on your machine and are unable to log onto the school network or the Internet?

    11 July 2017

  • helplinesYear End Procedures

    Guidance notes on Year End Procedures in SIMS are available for download. It is essential that the new academic year has been defined before the end of August 2017.

    11 July 2017

  • helplinesTidy User Defined Groups

    As part of the SIMS year end general housekeeping, check all User Defined Groups and deactivate groups no longer required.

    11 July 2017

  • helplinesDinner Money

    Please ensure that Dinner Money refunds are paid to any pupils who are leaving in July 2017, and that outstanding debts are collected before the end of term.

    11 July 2017

  • helplinesSIMS Summer Upgrade

    The SIMS Summer upgrade has now been released by Capita. This upgrade will be applied to Centrally Hosted schools during the next scheduled downtime on Saturday 15 July 2017. Locally hosted schools will receive email notification when we release the upgrade on Solus 3.

    11 July 2017

  • helplinesPost 16 Census Workshop

    The ICT Service is delivering a workshop to give you the opportunity to ensure you are fully prepared to get the post-16 learning aims completed accurately as part of the census return.

    11 July 2017

  • helplinesDowntime: Saturday 15 July, 12 August & 9 September 2017

    On Saturday 15 July, 12 August & 9 September 2017 services from The ICT Service will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance requirements.

    11 July 2017

  • helplinesHelplines EXTRA July 2016

    The e-Newsletter from The ICT Service Helpline for all Management Information System (MIS) Users

    19 July 2016

  • helplinesThe ICT Service Helpline - Support During the Summer Holidays

    The ICT Service Helpline will continue to be available throughout the summer holidays.

    19 July 2016

  • helplinesRemote Working from Home

    With the school holidays coming up soon, many of you will be wanting to remote work from home.
    Please familiarise yourselves with the new Remote Access solution.

    19 July 2016

  • helplinesRemoving and Adding Accounts

    We would like to stress the importance of maintaining accounts for staff leavers and new appointments. As soon as staff leave, their accounts should be deactivated/deleted.

    19 July 2016

  • helplinesSIMS Summer Upgrade

    Several changes have been made to the latest SIMS update 7.170 - click to read more.

    19 July 2016

  • helplinesWorking in School during the Holidays

    Are you intending to work in school during the summer holidays? If you are, do you know what to do if you turn on your machine and are unable to log onto the school network or the Internet?

    19 July 2016

  • helplinesYear End Procedures

    It is essential that the new academic year has been defined before the end of August 2016.

    19 July 2016

  • helplinesDinner Money

    Please ensure that Dinner Money refunds are paid to any pupils who are leaving in July 2016, and that outstanding debts are collected before the end of term.

    19 July 2016

  • helplinesEnhancements to Links between AGORA and FMS

    You may have noticed a red cross against your FMS Link in Agora. In the latest upgrade, Capita added two NEW tabs in the Tools | Payment Systems Management | Payment System Parameters area (only visible to schools running the link between FMS and Agora).

    19 July 2016

  • helplinesExams Organiser - Preparing for Results Day

    A new Performance Measures file can then be imported in readiness for processing results in the summer.

    19 July 2016

  • briefingsFortnightly Briefing 14 July 2016

    General news round-up from The ICT Service

    15 July 2016

  • newsGet a Quote and Order Online at www.theictservice.org.uk/sales

    The NEW Sales area of our website www.theictservice.org.uk/sales is designed to provide you with all the product information, current pricing and comparison functionality you need to make an informed ICT equipment procurement choice for your school.

    15 July 2016

  • newsAnd the Winners Are.... Congratulations to the Children & Young People's Film Festival 2016 participants

    The Cambridgeshire Young People’s Film Festival is over now for another year; congratulations to all those who took part.

    15 July 2016

  • newsStarz+ Secondary Theme for Primary Children and FREE Office Tools

    Are you aware that Starz+ subscriptions entitle you to FREE Office Tools? Want something a little different for your older pupils?

    15 July 2016

  • newsDownload the Autumn 2016 Course Programme Pin Ups for your Classroom Staff

    The ICT Service ELearning Team are here to help you to plan your CPD opportunities for the coming Autumn Term 2016 and beyond.

    15 July 2016

  • newsOnline Collaboration Projects - Sign Up Now for Autumn Term 2016

    You can now register to participate in the online collaboration projects which are running during Autumn term 2016

    15 July 2016

  • helplinesHelplines June / July 2016

    The e-Newsletter from The ICT Service Helpline for all Management Information System (MIS) Users

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesHow to Avoid Creating Duplicate Pupil Records in SIMS

    Duplicate pupil records in SIMS can cause many problems and care should be taken to avoid creating them.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesATFs - Files must be requested

    Admission Transfer Files are not automatically sent out to primary schools or available in S2S. If you would like to use an ATF to import your new admissions, you will need to request a file from the IMS team.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesYear End Procedures

    You don’t have to wait until the end of this academic year. The next academic year must be added before the end of August 2016.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesSending through the New Timetable

    To assist with the Autumn Census, please make sure that the levels in NOVA T6 match the courses that the students will be following.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesYear End and the Timetable

    Please take particular care with dates when setting up the new academic year in SIMS.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesQuick Search in SIMS

    Did you know that if you search for ‘Help’ in the Quick Search field on the SIMS Home Page, it will produce a list of codes to use for specific searches?

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesChanges to the School Census for the 2016-17 Academic Year

    New data items will be included in the School Census for the forthcoming academic year.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesResults Day Survival Kit for Exams Officers

    Capita have made their ‘Results Day Survival Kit 2016’ available, to help Exams Officers to deal with exam results using SIMS and Exams Organiser.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesPreparing for Results Days

    Exams Officers - have you tidied your Examin folder recently? The ICT Service would highly recommend archiving or deleting old basedata or results files from your Examin folder.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesGuidance and Checklist Documents for Admin Staff

    We have created checklists to be useful for reference purposes for when staff or pupils start or leave a school to help ensure that all necessary procedures have been completed.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesPassports and Country of Birth

    The CREDS team have notified us that in the next academic year the Census will require Country of Birth information for EAL students.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesImpulse Conference Follow Up

    Following our recent Impulse Conference meetings, we have published the presentation slides from The ICT Service and the CREDS team on the Portal.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesCentral Hosting Remote Access - Many New Features!

    Our new Central Hosting Remote Access Service has lots of new features designed to make it easier to work remotely.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesNon-teaching Pay Scales

    Please note that the new pay scales for non-teaching staff were loaded onto the Portal on Friday 24 June 2016.

    6 July 2016

  • helplinesHelpline Staff Leaver

    Some of you may already be aware that on Friday 17 June Emma from The ICT Service Helpline team took early retirement.

    6 July 2016


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