Happy New Year all! May your cup be full of coffee, your desk drawers full of leftover Christmas goodies and your colleagues and pupils raring to go after a nice long break.
As we enter a new year and the spring term gets underway, schools are already able to start completing the ISC return, and you’ll be able to start on the SLASC return very soon (this year the census date is Thursday 17th January).
Did you know SIMS can help you generate both the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and School Level Annual School Census (SLASC) returns?
SIMS can make the process a whole lot easier and a whole lot quicker for you.
Before you begin, the key is to make sure you’re working from the most up to date information. Most schools send out a data collection sheet to parents and then update each record in SIMS individually or by using the Bulk Update Routine.
However you can now can get your parents to update their own details using the Parent App Lite. You then only need to approve changes before data is updated to SIMS which saves a lot of time.
If your pupil, parent and staff details within SIMS are all accurate, it’s a simple, quick process to collate all the information in SIMS for both returns including:
- Pupil numbers by boarding type, age, year group, ethnicity
- New pupil by year group or school type
- British pupils
- Country of residence for overseas pupils
- Post 13 leavers
- University or higher education destination
- Special educational needs
- Courses of study
- Staff numbers
- Teachers that have joined or left since the last census
- Support staff that have joined or left since the last census
As you no doubt already know, collating all this information manually can be a considerable administration burden and extremely time-consuming, however, providing you’ve kept your school information up to date, you can do all of this in SIMS and save yourselves a couple of days work.
How SIMS helps
For details and tips on how to upload the census via SIMS you can watch our latest webinar with Jonathan Parkes, Senior Technical Research Analyst at ISC and Amanda Anthony, Exams Officer at Radnor House Sevenoaks.
There’s also several analysis reports within the Reports area that will help you prepare for the census and these are prefixed with ISC giving you analysis on Ethnicity, Pupil by Age, Pupil by Year Group, Boarding Status, SEN, Previous School, Course and much more.
The Getting Started or Preparing for the Independent Statutory Returns guidance can be found in the Documentation Centre or on the Independent Census Notification on My Account. The notification will be updated with the latest information during the census period.
As always please do let us know if you have any queries at all at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you are planning on using this functionality this year please let us know how you found the process.