We understand that school staff have heavy workloads and are often time poor. That’s why we offer a range of solutions to help reduce the time spent on administrative tasks and help to streamline your processes. Whether it’s collecting parent payments online, room booking solutions, offline working or simplifying your accounting workflows, SIMS can help.
Efficient management of your finances
With school and academy finances growing in complexity, you need a solution to help streamline your financial processes, improve efficiency and stretch your budget further. SIMS Financial Management System (FMS) provides a clear picture of your school’s finances to help ensure that resources are put to the best possible use. Accounting workflows are simplified so that administrators can process income and expenditure efficiently, senior leaders or subject coordinators can manage their own budgets, and bursars or business managers can track spending and staff costs against commitments.
Save your school hours of payment time by easily and securely collecting parent payments for school meals, uniforms, school trips and other items online, with SIMS Agora. The parent payment solution integrates with SIMS FMS and SIMS Dinner Money, enabling automatic reconciliation of parent payments. You can also send payment reminders or balance alerts directly to parents with SIMS InTouch when using SIMS Agora.
SIMS Financial Reporting Suite (FRS) gives you the tools to provide senior leaders and governing bodies with accurate, clear financial information by enabling you to set up standard reports to present financial data (held in SIMS FMS) in multiple formats, including graphs and tables, and export them into a PDF.
Bring everyday administration and processes online
Moving everyday tasks online can save your staff hours of time, reduce paperwork and be more efficient in daily school life. Hosted SIMS frees schools of the responsibility, effort and cost of running their SIMS servers onsite and managing their own backups by moving SIMS to the cloud. It also gives teaching and non-teaching staff the flexibility to access SIMS through any internet connected device, allowing them to work flexibly.
Online Free School Meals (OFSM) streamlines the free school meal process to encourage application submissions, helping schools to easily identify their Free School Meal and Pupil Premium entitlement. OFSM also complies with the DfE Eligibility Checking Service connection requirements, removing the responsibility to make a decision regarding free school meals from the school.
Effortlessly manage bookings for rooms, resources or equipment across your school with Room Booking System. As a web-based booking solution that integrates with SIMS to sync rooms, timetable information, non-class codes, term dates, staff cover, room closures and suspension rules, it saves hours of staff time and improves efficiency throughout your school.
Simplify logins to cloud services across your school easily with SIMS ID. As a single login to access multiple local and cloud based applications, teachers, staff and pupils only need to remember one password to access services seamlessly from whichever device they choose. SIMS ID simplifies school-wide access to cloud documents, email, shared files, video calling, instant messaging, notes and all the other virtues of a shared environment.
Streamlined communications across the whole school
With staff across the school working on different tasks, having clear communication channels can sometimes be challenging. SIMS InTouch saves you time by managing communications via text and email. You can send cover slips, remind teachers to complete registers or marksheets, or send out texts to inform teachers when a pupil has been involved in a behaviour incident.
When it comes to raising attainment, it’s important that parents are also involved in their child’s school life. The SIMS Parent and Student apps provide a convenient and accessible solution for you to communicate with parents and students on all aspects of school life. Using data that is already held in SIMS, you can easily decide which information you want to share with parents and students from the admin management portal and customise the communications that you send based on the needs of your school.
Increase productivity in the classroom
Putting our products in the classroom provides teachers with the tools they need to simplify administration, enhance learning and manage their classroom efficiently. With SIMS Teacher app, teachers can quickly record information on pupils such as assessment marks, attendance data and behaviour incidents, on any device they choose.
Use MLS Reading Cloud to promote, engage and manage reading throughout your school. Simply scan ISBN numbers to digitally catalogue books and create an engaging library for students, staff and parents to use. It also facilitates teaching as staff can embed the library into the teaching of curriculum subjects. The integration with SIMS simplifies the whole process of setting up pupil accounts, as pupil information is already held in SIMS.
Using digital learning tools can enhance learning for students and help them make the best use of their time in lessons. Britannica School provides a digital learning resource for use in the classroom. Offering thousands of articles, images, videos, audio clips and recommended websites to support learning in national curriculum subjects, Britannica School is an efficient way to increase productivity in the classroom. Students are provided with information in different types of media to support different learning styles, and teachers can use the platform to support lesson planning.