Capita SIMS shakes up its schools management information system
Cloud-focused refresh of schools ‘software backbone’ will present school staff with student data as dashboards, charts and proactive alerts designed to win teachers' hearts and minds
Capita SIMS, which supplies the management information system used by 21,000 schools, has said it will refresh the software over the next year.
Capita SIMS is to release a series of reimagined management information systems (MIS) that will transform the way teachers use pupil data and manage their school improvement processes.
The company said it has redesigned the SIMS system “from the ground up”. SIMS is currently used to record and analyse information on pupils’ achievement, behaviour and attendance.
The reimagined versions of SIMS will be developed in the cloud meaning they also offer schools the ability to access the system from any device, with automatic data back-ups and upgrades. Using the cloud, Capita SIMS says, removes the need for onsite servers and maintenance, saving time and money.
The updated MIS series is intended to enable teachers to “fully unlock the power of the data they record on pupils.” Capita SIMS has said it present school staff with student data as ”bright and colourful dashboards, charts and proactive alerts” to enable them to instantly identify when pupils may be in need of additional support.
The changes will start with the release of a redeveloped version of SIMS for primary schools in Spring next year. Capita SIMs will then follow with the MIS for secondary schools, independent schools 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,” says 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.”
Further details relating to new features and enhancements will be released to schools over the coming months. Schools can register to receive these updates at www.capita-sims.co.uk/reveals