Educational software supplier Capita SIMS has announced a major refresh to their schools management information systems (MIS) that will transform the way teachers use pupil data and manage their school improvement process.
UK-based Capita has drawn on its experience working within the education sector, redesigning its school information management system (SIMS) system from the ground up.
It is the most widely used SIMS in UK schools, with over 21,000 systems in place to record and analyse information on pupils’ achievement, behaviour and attendance, and helping identify areas for improvement within schools.
The updated version will enable teachers to fully unlock the power of data they record on pupils, presenting staff with colourful dashboards, charts and proactive alerts, teachers will be able to instantly identify when pupils may be isn need of support.
A redeveloped version of SIMS for primary schools is set for launch in Spring 2018, with secondary schools and independent schools following suite with MIS and a revised school finance solution.
“In redeveloping the MIS, we wanted a solution that would win over the hearts and minds of teachers. The goal was to ensure teachers would enjoy using the software, no matter what task they had to perform,” said Phil Neal, customer advocacy director at Capita SIMS and one of the original creators of SIMS.
“We went back to basics and looked at every task a teacher or school leader had to carry out in school and what information would help them complete these tasks easily. We then went about designing these features into the software so teachers would not need to spend time pulling data out of systems. Instead, SIMS will present teachers automatically with what they need to know about their pupils, and heads will instantly be able to access all they need to know about their school without having to go looking for it. Our aim is to help schools have all the information they need to improve pupil outcomes.”
SIMS will be developed in the cloud offering schools the ability to access the system from any device, with automatic data backups and upgrades included, saving time and money and the need for onsite servers and maintenance.