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Big 5 headline acts coming in the SIMS spring release
25th February 2013
With our spring release almost ready – and including a whole range of enhancements - I thought I’d reveal my big 5 highlights.
1. SIMS homepage has had a makeover
One of the most exciting changes with the spring release is the completely transformed SIMS homepage, which now has a new and improved look and feel.
The most striking change is the interface’s new ability to scale to your screen resolution. So, whatever screen size you have, both the homepage and the student teacher view detect the resolution and arrange themselves automatically to fill the available space. We’ve also reduced unnecessary empty space and introduced cleaner lines.
Another notable change is the replacement of the timeline with a user-friendly calendar. This includes tools to personalise the view. So, if you wanted to view your calendar by day and then switch to a monthly view, you can now do that with ease. Watch this space for a homepage preview blog coming soon with more info!
2. SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG): improved user access and experience
The headline change for SLG is to the student summary page on the interface, available to parents, pupils and teachers. We were keen to act on schools’ feedback and have provided an interactive graphical front end.
Another significant change is the new assessment view. We have allowed the new KPI section in the SIMS spring release student view to be pulled through into SLG, but have added a configuration screen into SIMS to allow schools to choose what aspects from assessment manager they wish to show. So now you can choose up to 15 graphs to display on assessment.
Access SIMS data on the go…
More and more of us are increasing our use of tablets and mobile phone devices to access the internet on the go. We’ve enhanced the SLG interface with the new release to adapt to tablet devices and will now also support Google Chrome.
3. Staff data now in SIMS Discover
We’ve added three new graphs to SIMS Discover that show staff rather than pupil data. Available only to staff with access to this data in SIMS Personnel, it will show staff absence and allow users to filter by role and teacher/support staff. We plan to add more staff graphs in the coming releases.
4. Pupil Premium Indicator (PPI) added to pupil record
We’ve introduced Pupil Premium Indicator (PPI) to Pupil Record. Panel 9 in students’ details now includes the functionality to record, for the academic year, whether the student is in receipt of the Pupil Premium. If you’re an establishment with a large number of eligible students, we’re confident that you will benefit from the inclusion of Pupil Premium Indicator in the bulk update routines. To aid analysis, Pupil Premium Indicator is selectable in assessment manager as a column and as a filter.
5. InTouch reaches more areas of SIMS
With SIMS InTouch, we are constantly developing features to help schools drive down their costs and increase their efficiency and the spring release will be no different. Just some of the headline features coming in the release for InTouch are: bulk sending of Dinner Money letters, sending cover alerts to staff members, sending messages to Discover groups and being able to send and log any student specific general message.
For details of everything else coming this spring, download the pre-release notes.