It’s hard to believe the Bett 2013 show was more than a month ago now, but what a success it was for us.
For me, the big highlight was definitely SIMS Discover winning the Bett Award for ‘Innovations in ICT’. Having won an Education Resources Award for innovation last March, we were already delighted with SIMS Discover and its ability to have a real impact for schools. Scooping the Bett Award is just the icing on the cake!
I was there for the ceremony held at the Grange Tower Hotel and hosted by Ian Moore and Philippa Forrester. I hadn’t seen Philippa since I had worked with her on Robot Wars. (In my teaching days we built and entered a few robots into the show. Then I was asked to work on the show as a technical assistant as the TV crew would not go near the robots!)
One of the robots we built at school with Marc Thorpe, the founder of Robot Wars.
So what is SIMS Discover all about?
SIMS Discover is a school data-analysis tool for teachers and school leaders - and our answer to achieving high performance analysis with ease. So what makes the tool so innovative? Here are my three stand out features:
- Simple intuitive interface - SIMS Discover has been designed with a very user-friendly interface into the wealth of SIMS pupil data. With it, you can quickly monitor students’ performance, attendance and behaviour through the use of graphs or Venn diagrams.
- Dynamic user defined groups – You can use any segment of any graph to define a dynamic group and their membership is always up to date and correct. You can use them to create Marksheets, for example, and as filters throughout the Performance area.
- Alerts when dynamic groups change - When saving the dynamic groups you can tick a box to request an alert if the group membership changes. These alerts can be set for any data change. For example, “Tell me when someone in my year group reaches 100 achievement points.”
The buzz around SIMS Discover
Not only was the award win a massive highlight, but the general buzz around SIMS Discover at Bett this year was fantastic.
With a dedicated SIMS Discover area, complete with a large NEC interactive touchscreen, I had more space to demonstrate the software. My listeners were even given stools to sit on – luxury when you’re on your feet for hours on end!
It was great to meet customers who had installed SIMS Discover in their schools and hear how they had used it to great effect. And we had some wonderful guest speakers in our dedicated SIMS Discover zone who shared their experiences of the software and its impact, including Jane Girle, Headteacher of Penn Wood School and Rachael Marshman, Schools Support Officer for London Borough of Merton.
If you’re intrigued by SIMS Discover, do pay our dedicated SIMS Discover page a visit to watch our introductory video and view our product guide for more details of the software.