On becoming an academy, Ringmer Community College decided on SIMS on-site consultancy to carry out a strategic review to develop their use of SIMS.
The SIMS consultant’s report confirmed Ringmer’s use of SIMS would allow the adoption of new financial procedures as part of their new academy status. “The review confirmed we used the system well, and were well-placed to build on this to develop the key area of recording and analysing performance data,” says Vice Principal, Danny Du Feu.
The second day of SIMS consultancy was used to look at existing assessment analyses in more depth, and to set up templates to work out KS3 and KS4 targets from KS2 baseline. The SIMS consultant also developed templates to calculate 5+ A*-C, with conditional formatting for all courses.
The senior leadership team now have their SIMS Homepages set up with targets, forecasts and progress, a huge help in meetings. Principal Kathryn Stonier explains: “When I am meeting a student, parent or department head, it really helps to see this level of tracking detail all in one place.”
Danny says: “Students find it motivating to be able to discuss their progression directly from the data. SIMS is also helping with effective decision-making – now we can track the impact of interventions, for example for KS3 literacy and numeracy, we can have meaningful discussions and make informed decisions about the use of resources based on our findings.”
Curriculum Services Manager, Pippa Kenward summarises the impact of the SIMS on-site consultancy: “Our SIMS consultant has helped us make significant steps in bringing the analysis of our students’ performance data into SIMS. It is now much easier to use this evidence when planning learning programmes, including academic mentoring and performance tracking, enabling staff to compare records of interventions and their subsequent impact.”
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