SIMS for New Users

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Administrative personnel who are either completely new to the school office environment or those who have been in post a while and would like to improve on their skills.


All attendees should have basic Microsoft Office skills, as this is a workshop based course.  It is essential for attendees to have a log in for SIMS .net and Central Hosting (if applicable), with basic appropriate SIMS permissions assigned.   If you are not sure of the setup required please contact the ICT Service Helpline on 0300 300 0000.  This workshop can be offered for both Centrally Hosted schools and those running SIMS .net in school (locally hosted). However the setup for locally hosted schools must be organised in advance. Please contact the The ICT Service Helpline 2 – 3 days in advance of the session to get this set up.


This course runs over two half days.  As there is a lot to cover a prompt start will be essential.

If attending a full day session, unfortunately there is no lunch provided, please bring your own lunch.

Session one:

Attendees will work on ‘dummy’ data and work through everyday tasks that are familiar to working in a SIMS .net based office environment.  Items to be covered:

  • Adding new records from scratch (correctly).
  • Amending existing data including contact information.
  • Overview of all links and hyperlinks.
  • Overview of the Common Transfer File (CTF) processes.
  • Overview of links to other areas of SIMS .net.
  • Where to get help.

Session two:

Attendees will work on their ‘live’ school data and will look at everything SIMS .net related that will help you work more efficiently and proactively within the school office environment.  Items to be covered:

  • Resolution of any issues SIMS .net related encountered over the past two weeks.
  • Access rights and permissions, why these matter and how to ensure all staff are fully equipped to fulfil their role appropriately.
  • How to make your home page more effective.
  • Setting alerts and sending messages.
  • School communication.
  • School diary, introduction and set up (good practice).
  • Duplicate records, why this is a problem and how to fix it.
  • Common Transfer Files ’live’ – (Attendees can bring their own CTF’s to work with to be either downloaded or uploaded).
  • Exploration of ALL the rich links to pupil information in SIMS .net.
  • Links to other areas of SIMS .net and information about further appropriate workshops / CPD.


  • Networking opportunity to meet with like-minded personnel and make links with schools of the same size, or locally.
  • To learn basics of SIMS .net ‘best practice’.
  • To understand the potential of SIMS .net for comprehensive record-keeping and reporting.
  • Ensure you know who to contact as appropriate and when.
  • Where and how to locate most up-to-date information.

Upon successful completion of this course all attendees will:

  • have acquired the skills fundamental to use their Schools SIMS .net system correctly, efficiently and appropriately
  • be confident with manipulating their SIMS .net data to meet the requirements of their own and other school personnel
  • know how to locate support and what they need to do to ensure that their skills are developed to their full potential.

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