Capita SIMS (stand B190) will be at Bett to showcase the latest tools within SIMS Assessment that can help to monitor attainment and track pupil progress within any school – no matter how they choose to approach assessment following the removal of levels.
SIMS Assessment, which has been shortlisted for a Bett Award 2016, contains all the Department for Education’s programmes of study statements, so teachers can record achievement exactly as it happens in the classroom. This information gives them the insight they need to inform future teaching and learning activities.
What’s more, curriculum statements can be added or customised, so English teachers reporting on a series of Shakespeare assignments, for example, can substitute official terminology with statements that clearly reflect whether a student has understood a particular text.
Jayne Mullane, headteacher of Mersey Vale Primary School, says: “We wanted our assessment to focus on our curriculum priorities and give a clear overview of the progress of all of our children. Thanks to SIMS Assessment, we now have a clear view of how children are moving forward and at what pace, along with a breakdown for individuals or groups of pupils. SIMS Assessment is a great tool for analysing the progress of children in a whole range of ways.”
If a pupil moves to another primary school or on to secondary school, the information can go with them, highlighting what they know and don’t yet know in relation to the national curriculum programmes of study. This helps schools to quickly identify gaps in knowledge and support future learning.
The ability to customise the DfE’s programmes of study statements also means schools can use language that parents easily understand.
Powerful reporting tools ensure teachers and school leaders can examine the data visually to determine whether particular groups of children are falling behind or if certain skills need to be revisited to ensure pupils master the core skills required to progress.
Phil Neal, managing director of Capita SIMS, says: “Now that national curriculum levels have been removed, schools are rightly adopting very different approaches to monitoring attainment. Senior leadership teams are in need of a flexible solution that can reflect their school’s curriculum and allows teachers, governors as well as parents to monitor progress.
“We have spent many hours consulting with schools across the country to ensure that SIMS Assessment provides a truly unique product which has been built from the ground up to fit with the spirit of the changes to assessment. However senior leaders choose to adapt to the changing assessment landscape, SIMS Assessment offers schools the tools that they need to effectively monitor attainment – now and in the future.”
For more information, visit SIMS Assessment or call 0800 170 7005.