When you have access to information on all areas of school performance at the touch of a button, an Ofsted inspection or Estyn inspection becomes an opportunity to demonstrate your school’s progress and success. SIMS gives you access to a real time assessment of how your school is performing on every level. It also offers an evaluation of where further development is needed so you can continually progress.
Achievement of pupils
When preparing for an Ofsted inspection or an Estyn inspection, you need to show that you are helping every pupil progress. With SIMS Discover, you can examine current data to demonstrate the progress of groups such as those eligible for free school meals (FSM), SEN and Pupil Premium pupils. The new SIMS Homepage displays an overview of the school, so both you and the inspection team have a current picture of what is happening in the classroom.
Quality of teaching
You need to prove that your school’s teaching is effective. With Staff Performance enhancements to SIMS Personnel, you can assess the teaching in your school. Holding all information on individual objectives and lesson observations centrally, you can build a complete picture of every staff member. You can also manage staff appraisals, performance-related pay decisions and use pupil data to identify good teaching practices and inform training needs.
Behaviour and safety of pupils
SIMS can help you understand where behaviour and attendance issues are occurring and provide insight into attitudes to learning and lesson punctuality. You can analyse data to see if certain pupils are consistently late or if certain pupils are having a big impact on behaviour. Teachers can log incidents as they happen in SIMS Lesson Monitor so that you are working with today’s attendance data and this morning’s behaviour points.
Leadership and management
SIMS School Improvement Programme provides senior leaders with the expertise required to drive improved teaching and learning, by ensuring they are getting the most from their data. All of our School Improvement Consultants have worked as senior leaders and have a proven track record of helping schools provide evidence of improvements to Ofsted. Your consultant will work with you on your individual priorities to ensure that you and your team are gaining the specific intelligence that you need from your data and to implement any bespoke data collection and analysis resources that may be required.
The full power of SIMS
SIMS offers a range of training and consultancy services to help you release the full potential of SIMS quickly in your school, so you can start making an impact on your inspection preparation immediately. The options include scheduled training courses, as well as bespoke consultancy and training for you and your team, tailored to your school’s specific needs.