Over the last 30 years our aim has never changed - we have continuously strived to deliver innovative products that meet the evolving needs of education.
We have worked closely with our customers and partners over the years, listening to feedback and ideas, and we’ve re-engineered our solution for the market. With our unrivalled knowledge of the education sector and our management information system expertise, we are confident we have delivered a solution that will truly help schools inspire.
An evolution of SIMS - it’s a faster, flexible, intuitive, and cloud-based, management information system. We’ve made it easier for everyone across the school community to make effective use of the information in SIMS and ultimately support decision-making and improve learning outcomes.
A true accounting solution engineered to meet the needs of a modern education system - central view to individual purchase order view in just a few clicks, unlimited users, instant reports and an all-round intuitive interface designed for the finance office.
SIMS for other schools
A new generation of school solutions – Options, Examinations, Staff Cover and Timetabling are all in development to make them even better. Use them alongside current SIMS and from early in 2019, they will form part of a new, cloud-based SIMS for secondary schools, with independent and special schools to follow.
A first glimpse at our solutions
SIMS Primary home screen
A fresher home screen with real-time widgets providing a collated summary of top level information about a school or academy.
SIMS Primary Assessment
A game-changer for assessment tools – plan teaching around specific topics, automatically create marksheets, record assessment information intuitively and save hours of your teacher’s time.
An easy to use solution for students and parents to access information and submit subject choices online. Choices are fed back into SIMS, saving staff countless hours on collating and sorting individual options submissions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. Why have you decided to build SIMS Primary now?
A. The time is right. We have considered offering a web-based MIS for several years, but it is only recently that the technology and infrastructure is available to support it. The very latest browser technology can provide schools with the same level of functionality and responsiveness as a client-server MIS. The provision of much more robust access to the internet in most areas ensures almost 100% availability of the software.
- Q. What are the key benefits of SIMS Primary?
A. Different schools will have different reasons for choosing SIMS Primary but the main benefits can be summarised as:
- An evolution of SIMS – the system you know and trust, made even better.
- Ease of use, with minimum set-up required, especially for classroom teachers.
- Simple reporting with powerful analysis to drive informed decision-making and interventions to improve pupil outcomes.
The software has a much improved user interface, with intuitive navigation, similar to technology like smart phones and popular and responsive websites like Amazon. Processes are slicker and information is easier to understand and find. In addition, SIMS Primary is accessible from any computer or tablet device; backing up data is automatic; upgrades are managed centrally and the technological infrastructure to support the system is consequently minimised, saving IT management time and money.
- Q. If all the student data is held offsite will it be secure?
A. The security of data is generally improved with the move to a hosted solution as there is no longer a need for sensitive information to leave the system as secure access to SIMS Primary will be possible from any computer. The responsibility for backing up and storing back up disks safely is managed centrally and therefore more robust procedures can be followed – including, for most schools, much improved physical security. More detail of the security, data protection, privacy and hosting approaches are available on request.
- Q. When will I be able to buy SIMS Primary?
A. Following close work with a range of pilot schools throughout 2017, our current plans are to release SIMS Primary to primary schools in early 2018.
- Q. Our school is an independent school what about us?
A. For preparatory and junior schools we hope to be able to make a version available in the near future as these schools have less demanding requirements than independent senior schools. For the latter type of schools we will be developing new versions of Options, Cover, Timetabling, Examinations and Fees Billing, which means that the availability of a new solution for this type of school will begin to emerge in around 18 months’ time.
- Q.Our school is a special school what about us?
A. Depending on the age of the children involved and the requirements of the school, special schools may need to wait until the required functionality is present. For those special schools dealing with Primary age pupils only, it is likely that they will be able to make use of SIMS Primary.
- Q. We are a MAT and have both primary and secondary schools in our trust. What options are available to us?
A. MATs with a mixed economy of primary and secondary schools may begin to move their primary schools to SIMS Primary on release (or earlier if they become involved in the 2017 pilot) and leave their secondary schools on SIMS 7 until the cloud version for secondary schools is released. They may prefer to wait until both primary and secondary school versions are available before moving to the new software although there is no obvious benefit in doing this.
- Q. Will SIMS Primary do everything that SIMS currently does?
A. At the top level, all the functional areas in SIMS have been replicated in SIMS Primary - e.g. Assessment, Behaviour/Achievement, Attendance, SEN, and Statutory Returns etc. However, we want SIMS Primary to improve on SIMS rather than simply replicating what the system does now. As a result, we have been consulting with users on the SIMS Primary pilot programme on the detail of which features of SIMS they find invaluable, which they no longer use and also what additional functions they would like to see. It is possible that some of the least used features from SIMS may not be available in SIMS Primary but there will also be numerous new features that SIMS does not currently offer.
- Q. When will I be able to see a demonstration of SIMS Primary?
A. We will be releasing short videos demonstrating selected features of SIMS Primary to those signed up to receive our updates throughout the year. Live demonstrations of SIMS Primary will be available in the autumn term through your account manager or our sales team.
- Q. How much will SIMS Primary cost?
A. We are still finalising our prices for SIMS Primary and we will confirm these shortly. Schools will be able to make savings in IT infrastructure as a SIMS server will no longer be required in the school. Additionally, schools will not have to concern themselves with the cost and inconvenience of undertaking software upgrades or backups. There will be no charge for data transfer on upgrade.