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Academy Groups

Supporting each school to perform as effectively as possible is a key responsibility of your academy group. To help schools achieve continuous whole school improvement, every academy group and every school needs the most accurate information to hand. With SIMS, from tracking pupil progress to collating attendance and behaviour information and consolidating finances, we provide academies with the tools they need to grow.

Take a look at our white paper Strength in numbers which looks at how academy groups use pupil data to drive improvement in failing schools.


Improved results


Raising standards across every school in your academy group relies on accurate monitoring and progress tracking. SIMS Discover allows you to see the performance of pupils and sub-groups and to identify and resolve factors that are holding pupils back. Schools can drive improved results by being able to easily spot trends and changes to achievement, behaviour or attendance.

Find out more about SIMS Discover


Harness your data to raise standards


Drive improved teaching and learning by ensuring you’re getting the most out of your biggest asset - your data – with our new school improvement programme. Our specialist consultants work with you to develop a tailored programme to create the foundations on which to develop each school in your group. They’ve all worked as senior leaders with a proven track record of helping schools provide evidence of improvement to parents, governors and Ofsted.

Find out more about our school improvement programme


Streamlined financial monitoring


To help academy groups oversee, report on and audit the increasingly complex finances of each school, our ICAEW-accredited Financial Management System (FMS) is complemented by FMS MultiView.

FMS MultiView is provided by SIMS Partner, HCSS Education, and combines financial data into an easy-to-use online dashboard showing the financial performance of all the schools within the group, and providing consolidated financial reports.

Find out more about FMS MultiView

Headstart in setting up your group

SIMS school-based consultancy can help you release the full potential of SIMS quickly so you can start making an impact immediately. We also offer training courses tailored to each of your school’s specific needs.

Find out more about SIMS school-based consultancy


Dedicated support for academy groups


As an academy group, you'll have access to a dedicated SIMS strategic relationship manager to ensure your interests and vision are met and supported by your use of SIMS.

To find out how SIMS can support your group’s aims, contact Amanda Webb , Strategic Relationship Manager Academy Groups or call 07799 408001.


Smooth conversion to academy status


Our specialist team can help make the conversion of your schools to academy status a smooth process.

We provide support to help academies demonstrate continuous school improvement and ensure they’re making the most of being an academy. We have also helped academies and groups set up to meet their new financial management and reporting obligations.

Find out more about the academy conversion service