SIMS Training and Events

These training courses together with related briefings and events are all designed to keep you informed about SIMS and Data Management.

The training will enusure you gain or maintain the skills and understanding required to deliver effectively on behalf or your organisation using this key tool.

Courses and events are set out by month with summary information and dates for each. To book your place, click the relevant links which will open full details our CPDOnline platform.

 

SIMS Training and Events January 2019

SIMS in the Office for New Users

Tuesday 15th January 2019  Course Code: 18T/14692

Description: This one-day course will provide participants with the necessary skills to manage the core student data using SIMS. As well as student details, the course will include creating quick letters and linked document, recording of Organisations and People, Leavers and Other Schools, Common Transfer Files (CTF's) and basic reports.

Learning Outcomes: * an understanding of the functionality of SIMS, * the confidence to efficiently enter and maintain pupil/student and people data * the ability to manage school and academic procedures, * the knowledge to run simple predefined reports

eStart Children's Centre Software - Combined Part 1 and Part 2

Wednesday 16th January 2019  Course Code: 18T/14693

Description: eStart software is a web-based database that enables Children's Centres to keep records of families who access their services. This full day course is designed for new members of staff responsible for entering family, carer and children's data and recording events in eStart. The course will cover searching for existing families and events, adding new families registering and events, and amending data already recorded in the system. The functionality available to create mailing lists for labels, Excel, etc. will also be covered. Delegates will also view the reports available and how to produce data from eStart about the numbers and types of families accessing their children's centre. The opportunity to run reports from your own Children's Centre data will be available.  

Learning Outcomes: *the ability to search for existing families, carers, children and events already recorded in eStart, *the skills required to add and amend family, carer and child details in eStart for new registrations and create new events, *an understanding of the affiliation process within eStart, *the ability to create mailing lists, *the knowledge required to run reports and the opportunity to run reports using your own Children's Centre data

SIMS FMS for Admin Officer / Business Manager

Session 1 Thursday 17 January 2019  Course Code: 18T/14693

Session 2 Thursday 24 January 2019

Description: This two day course will provide participants with the necessary skills to manage the school's finances. The course will include maintaining and adapting the financial structure, user-defined reports, budget management and procedures for dealing with month end closure. 

Learning Outcomes: * in-depth knowledge of the financial structure, * understanding of the period end procedures, * the ability to record day-to-day transactions, * the confidence to produce the required reports

eStart Management Reporting

Monday 21 January 2019  Course Code: 18T/14695

Description: This half day course is designed for Children's Centre Managers who need to have an in-depth knowledge of the management reporting necessary to fulfil the requirements of Ofsted, the Children's Centre Board, Surrey LA and other senior managers.  

Learning Outcomes: * An understanding of the functionality of the Children Centre Manager Report spread sheet, * The ability to populate the Manager Report with Children Centre information through eStart Custom Reports and eStart Reporting, * An understanding of the analysis required for reporting to all relevant bodies

eStart for Outreach Workers

Tuesday 22 January 2019  Course Code: 18T/14696

Description: This half day course is designed for Children's Centre Outreach workers to enable them to search for family details, to record their own events e.g. 'Home Visit' and to run reports to show the contact with families. 

Learning Outcomes: * an overview of the eStart database, * the ability to search for families, add Home Visits and Telephone Contact Events, * the skills to extract family & individual members activities information, * the ability to run Reports & Custom Queries, * guidance on the use of Microsoft Excel

SIMS Attendance

Monday 28 January 2019  Course Code: 18T/14704

Description: This one-day course is a hands on exploration of the full functionality of this module. It will cover the setting up and use of an Optical Mark Reader to record attendance data and manually inputting attendance data using the keyboard. Maintaining, editing and managing attendance data will also be covered. The production of attendance letters to parents and reports to analyse attendance data will be explored. 

Learning Outcomes: * understanding of how to manage and administer the day to day attendance data for the school, * the knowledge to set up and use an Optical Mark Reader to input data, * the ability to produce reports and analyse attendance data, * experience in creating attendance letters to parents

SIMS Student Quick Reports

Tuesday 29 January 2019  Course Code: 18T/14705

Description: The course explores the use of the Student List Reports which include General Student lists, Class lists and Registration Group lists. These are simple reports with basic details that can be adjusted to include further information and a specific format be defined prior to printing. Delegates will also be able to create their own templates for future use. The course also includes viewing the different file formats, for example HTML, XML and Excel, that the lists can be exported into for further analysis 

Learning Outcomes: * the ability to produce simple Student Class lists and to remove / add information to the basic list, * the ability to change the format and add filters, * the knowledge to create templates from the designed reports for future use, * the skill to change the printing options, * an awareness of the Student Analysis Reports

eStart Refresher & Housekeeping

Thursday 31 January 2019  Course Code: 18T/14706

Description: This course explores the additional information recorded in eStart that will make the data more meaningful and accurate. This will include entering FEET dates correctly, information regarding Workless Households, Hard to Reach Groups, and the correct process of searching to prevent duplicate records being created. The course will also explore running Housekeeping Custom Queries to identify data that needs to be corrected or updated. Live data will be interrogated and advice will be given on how to correct the data.  

Learning Outcomes: * the ability to search for information correctly to avoid duplications, * the ability to add\edit information correctly, * the ability to run custom queries to check data accuracy, * the knowledge of how to correct the data, * an awareness of the impact of maintaining accurate information

SIMS Training and Events February 2019

SIMS Personnel for New Users

Monday 4 February 2019  Course Code: 18T/14694

Description: This one day course will provide participants with the ability to manage staff information in SIMS.

Learning Outcomes: * awareness of how personnel data is now incorporated within SIMS, * the ability to record personal and employment information about all staff, * an understanding of how to maintain and monitor staff INSET and absence, * the ability to create and edit pay structures, * an understanding of the available reports.

SIMS FMS - Invoices, Credit Notes & Payment Processing

Tuesday 5 February 2019  Course Code: 18T/14708

Description: This half-day course supplies the information required to be able to deal with the receipt of invoices, including recording, amending and cancelling. It addresses the process of payment by cheque and BACS also the handling of credit notes. We will also consider the range of appropriate reports that can be produced. 

Learning Outcomes: * the ability to carry out all measures relating to the invoicing process, * the proficiency in dealing with payments by cheque and BACS, * an understanding of managing credit notes, * an awareness of the reports that are available

SIMS FMS - Order Processing

Tuesday 5 February 2019  Course Code: 18T/14707 

Description: This half-day course provides the opportunity to learn how to carry out all of the tasks related to the processing of purchase orders so that goods and services can be supplied to your establishment. You will learn how to raise, amend and issue orders, as well as be able to record and maintain supplier details. A number of appropriate reports can also be produced.  

Learning Outcomes: * the ability to perform all of the procedures which are necessary for the successful production and servicing of purchase ordering

SIMS Reporting on Pupil Data - Introduction

Wednesday 6 February 2019  Course Code: 18T/14709

Description: This course will provide participants with the necessary skills to view and design reports on pupil data in SIMS. This will include running and previewing predefined reports, modifying existing reports and designing custom reports. Investigating the output formats in word lists, mail merge letters and labels and analysis reports. Downloading and importing reports from the Babcock 4S website or email attachments. Configuring My Favourite Reports panel on the Home Page. 

Learning Outcomes: * an understanding of the reporting functionality within SIMS, * the knowledge required to run and edit predefined reports, * the ability to design and run custom reports, * the ability to create mail merge letters and labels, * the ability to import/ export reports

SIMS Training and Events March 2019

SIMS Discover - Pastoral Data

Monday 4 March 2019   Course Code: 18T/14710

Description: SIMS Discover is a powerful tool that allows you to analyse your SIMS data and present it in a variety of ways, including Venn diagrams, bar charts, pie charts and line graphs. Running a series of pre-defined graphs quickly display the vast amount data held within your SIMS system. The use of drop and drag actions enable the user to easily investigate areas of data that interest them, enabling the identification of groups with positive or negative attributes. This will help to ensure that no pupil goes unnoticed. The creation of Dynamic Groups automatically alerts the user to pupils joining/leaving a group. This half day course covers the pastoral data held in SIMS. 

Learning Outcomes: * an overview of the functionality within SIMS Discover, * the ability to run various pre-defined graphs and create user defined graphs, * an understanding of the drop and drag functionality, * the knowledge required to create Discover Groups, * an awareness of the basic configuration process within Discover and links to SIMS

SIMS in the Office for New Users

Tuesday 5 March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14711

Description: This one-day course will provide participants with the necessary skills to manage the core student data using SIMS. As well as student details, the course will include creating quick letters and linked document, recording of Organisations and People, Leavers and Other Schools, Common Transfer Files (CTF's) and basic reports.  

Learning Outcomes: * an understanding of the functionality of SIMS, * the confidence to efficiently enter and maintain pupil/student and people data, * the ability to manage school and academic procedures, * the knowledge to run simple predefined reports

SIMS Attendance Refresher

Wednesday 6 March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14712

Description: This half day refresher course is designed for office staff with some experience of using SIMS Attendance but now wish to improve their knowledge and understanding to become a more efficient user of the module. This course will explore using functionality which saves valuable time in editing attendance data, running reports and creating letters. 

Learning Outcomes: * an overview of the basic functionality available within the module, * the knowledge required to use the module more efficiently, * the ability to run attendance reports, * an understanding of how to create letters and certificates using attendance data

SIMS Reporting on Pupil Data - Advanced

Thursday 7th March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14713

Description: This course will cover running and editing existing reports, designing reports from scratch (including sub reports) and creating reports using combinations of the and/or clauses. Participants will be shown how to create user-defined Word templates and produce mail merge documents. The ability to perform analysis of data held within SIMS will also be explored as will producing reports in Excel. 

Learning Outcomes: * the skills necessary to run, edit and design reports to go into Word or Excel, * the knowledge of how to create mail merge documents, * the ability to create Word report templates, * an appreciation of the different type of analysis reports that can be generated.

SIMS Personnel Refresher

Monday 11th March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14714

Description: This half day course explores the creating and editing of existing Service Term files in SIMS. This will include updating Pay Scale dates and Pay points and how to create school specific posts within the Service Term. The course will also advise the correct method of closing a contract, creating a new contract and cloning a contract also the process of readmitting a member of staff. Advice will be given on adding Absences for sickness or training. Delegates will also learn how to produce reports in order to check data for accuracy. 

Learning Outcomes: * the ability to create\edit Service Term file information, * the ability to close\create or clone a contract for staff, * knowledge of the correct procedure for re-admitting a member staff, * the ability to add Absences - either sickness or training, * an awareness of the available Personnel reports

SIMS End of Academic Year Procedures for Primary Schools

Tuesday 12 March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14715

Description: This day course will provide participants with information concerning the actions that need to be undertaken in order to close one academic year and to prepare for the new one in SIMS. It will address recording staff changes, creating a new academic year and editing the pastoral structure, creating pre-admission groups and recording details of potential new pupils either by importing Admissions Data Transfer (ADT file) or the Common Transfer file (CTF file) or by manually entering the data. Preparing pupil and staff data for their proposed classes in the autumn term, and finally, routines for after the new academic year has started. Some housekeeping routines will also be covered.  

Learning Outcomes: * awareness and understanding of all of the procedures that are required for successfully moving from one academic year to the next in SIMS, * the ability to undertake the required actions in any related modules that are being used, so that these modules are ready for the next academic year

eStart Children's Centre Software - Part 1 Adding and Editing Family Information

Wednesday 13 thMarch 2019  Course Code: 18T/14716

Description: eStart software is a web-based database that enables Children's Centres to keep records of families who access their services. This half day course is designed for new members of staff responsible for entering family, carer and children's data in eStart. The course will cover searching for existing families already recorded in eStart, adding new families registering and amending data already recorded in the system. A separate half day course will cover Events, Reporting and Lists - see eStart Children's Centre 

Learning Outcomes: * the ability to search for existing families, carers and children already recorded in eStart, * the skills required to add family, carer and child details in eStart for new registrations, * the ability to amend existing family, carer and child details in eStart, * an understanding of the affiliation process within eStart

SIMS Special Educational Needs for New Users

Thursday 14th March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14717

Description: SIMS SEN has been designed to support Special Educational Needs coordinators with the process of monitoring individuals who are on the SEN register. The course includes setting up details of reviews, events, provisions, relevant adults and statements. Lookup tables, generating letters, reporting and document management will also be explored. 

Learning Outcomes: * the ability to maintain the SEN register, * the knowledge to maintain a full historical record of an individual's SEN background, * the skills to generate letters and run/create basic reports, * the confidence to manage documents

SIMS Behaviour Management - Primary Schools

Monday 18th March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14718

Description: This half day course will cover areas of the Behaviour Management section of SIMS relevant to Primary Schools which includes the recording of both positive and negative behaviour. How to customise the various lookup tables within Behaviour Management to link to your own School Behaviour Policy and the production of reports to analyse the data will also be explored 

Learning Outcomes: * knowledge of the functionality of this part of SIMS, * the ability to record incidents of achievement and negative behaviour, * the ability to create and analyse reports from the data * the necessary skills to attach documents to a student record, * the capability to customise lookup tables

SIMS Reporting on Personnel Data

Tuesday 19th March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14719

Description: This course provides participants with the necessary skills to view and design reports on staff data in SIMS. This will include running and previewing predefined reports, modifying existing reports and designing custom reports. Investigating the output formats including word and excel lists, mail merge letters and labels, form and analysis reports. Downloading and importing reports from the Babcock 4S website or email attachments. Configuring My Favourite Reports panel on the Home Page. 

Learning Outcomes: * an understanding of the reporting functionality within SIMS Personnel, * the knowledge required to run and edit predefined reports, * the ability to design and run custom reports, * the ability to create mail merge letters and labels, * the ability to import/ export reports

eStart Children's Centre Software - Part 2 Events, Reporting and Lists

Wednesday 20th March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14720

Description: eStart software is a web-based database that enables Children's Centres to keep records of families who access their services. This half day course is designed for members of staff responsible for recording events, and those who need to produce data from eStart about the numbers and types of families accessing their children's centre. The generation of recommended eStart reports will be explored and the opportunity to run reports from your own Children's Centre data will be available. The functionality available to create mailing lists for labels, Excel, etc. will also be covered.

 Learning Outcomes: * a brief overview of searching for, adding and editing family, carer and children's data in eStart, * an understanding of how to record events and activities, * the knowledge required to run reports, * an opportunity to run reports using your own Children's Centre data, * the ability to create mailing lists for mail shots, etc.

eStart for Outreach Workers

Thursday 21st March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14721

Description: This half day course is designed for Children's Centre Outreach workers to enable them to search for family details, to record their own events e.g. 'Home Visit' and to run reports to show the contact with families. 

Learning Outcomes: * an overview of the eStart database, * the ability to search for families, add Home Visits and Telephone Contact Events, * the skills to extract family & individual members activities information, * the ability to run Reports & Custom Queries, * guidance on the use of Microsoft Excel

SIMS Office Users Advanced

Monday 25th March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14722

Description: The course will cover configuring the panels available on the Home Page for office staff. Creating shortcuts to frequently accessed areas of SIMS. Looking at the various alerts, messages, reminders and notifications that can be configured specifically for each individual user. Creating and editing User Defined Fields and Lookup Tables and their uses will be explored. Troubleshooting common issues surrounding successful contact management. Customising correspondence and reviewing the Quick Letter function. Best practices for updating and maintaining the data using various Housekeeping routines. 

Learning Outcomes: * skills to customise the Home Page, create own shortcuts and User defined groups and fields, * using alerts, messages, reminders and notifications successfully, * troubleshooting the data for successful contact management, * confidence to manage various housekeeping tasks, bulk update information, adjust lookup tables and edit historical data, * the ability to customise and use Quick letters and attaching documents

eStart Children's Centre Software - Combined Part 1 and Part 2

Wednesday 27 March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14725

Description: eStart software is a web-based database that enables Children's Centres to keep records of families who access their services. This full day course is designed for new members of staff responsible for entering family, carer and children's data and recording events in eStart. The course will cover searching for existing families and events, adding new families registering and events, and amending data already recorded in the system. The functionality available to create mailing lists for labels, Excel, etc. will also be covered. Delegates will also view the reports available and how to produce data from eStart about the numbers and types of families accessing their children's centre. The opportunity to run reports from your own Children's Centre data will be available.

Learning Outcomes: * the ability to search for existing families, carers, children and events already recorded in eStart, * the skills required to add and amend family, carer and child details in eStart for new registrations and create new events, * an understanding of the affiliation process within eStart, * the ability to create mailing lists, * the knowledge required to run reports and the opportunity to run reports using your own Children's Centre data

SIMS System Manager

Thursday 28 March 2019  Course Code: 18T/14726

Description: This half-day course will provide participants with the necessary skills to manage the SIMS system using the new System Manager. Attention will be paid to the setting up of Users and Groups as well as managing Permissions and Roles. Creating back-ups of the SIMS database, managing upgrades and applying patches will also be covered. Viewing log files for B2B (Base to Base) and CTF (Common Transfer Files) will also be discussed. Instructions on how to configure the Home Page within SIMS and setting the Key Indicators for Attendance, Assessment and Behaviour. Creating shortcut panels and shortcuts will also be covered. 

Learning Outcomes: * the knowledge required to set up new Users and Groups, * the ability to clone users/ groups permissions and roles, * the ability to access and view Log files, * the knowledge to customize the Home Page and create shortcuts

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