Scomis Virtual Events

This year due to the pandemic, we have redesigned our events programme to be accessible online. By taking this approach we aim to offer more flexibility and choice to our customers as the content is accessible nationally.

  • Virtual Events - Our comprehensive program of free of charge events include live demonstrations from our product specialists, covering a range of topics and challenges. In addition, we have included helpful pre-recorded sessions from our popular 2020 autumn events and are pleased to offer you the opportunity to join a Capita event about Ofsted's Education Inspection Framework.
  • SIMS, Google for Education and Microsoft 365 in Lockdown (Scomis Bite Size)a series of short free hints and tips videos. Released throughout the spring term, sign up now not to miss out on these helpful 10 minute guides.
  • Virtual Training Courses – For more in-depth training, we have created a programme of virtual training courses to replace our classroom based courses.  These cover the more complex areas you have asked us to address including timetabling and reporting.  To review the course schedule please click here. Don’t forget you can also access more courses covering core SIMS functionality through our ScoLearn Digital service.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Consolidated school reporting for Multi Academy Trusts

11/02/21 2-2:30pm

25/02/21  11-11:30am

03/03/21 2-2:30pm

Bringing data together from schools can take time. This session will show how Scomis has created a Managed Reporting Service to consolidate SIMS data into ready to use dashboards for Multi Academy Trusts making it easy to understand school data, combining key performance measures and useful pupil demographic filters. 

Who should attend?  Senior Leaders in Multi Academy Trusts including CEOs, CFOs, School Improvement Leaders and Directors of Education. 

Now is the time to ensure SIMS7 is available anytime, anywhere, and on any device for all staff

11/02/21 11:30-12pm 

25/02/21 2-2:30pm 

03/03/21 11-11:30am 

Empowering staff to have access to SIMS to manage critical data whether working in or outside of school is increasingly important.  Whether you are in a maintained school, academy, federation or Multi Academy Trust, this session will focus on how to remove the burden of managing SIMS, FMS and Discover onsite so that you can focus on pupil attainment and school improvement. 

Who should attend? Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, IT Managers, Business Managers and anyone who does not currently use our Hosted Application service and would like to find out more about how this service might benefit you. 

Using Digital Education Platforms for Remote Learning

05/02/2021 2.00pm - 2.30pm 

08/02/2021 11.00am - 11.30am 

A 30 minute session outlining how face-to-face teaching can be combined with digital remote learning tools to facilitate anytime/anyplace learning.   

Including: 

  • Successful tools and techniques used by schools to help learners achieve learning outcomes, without duplicating staff workload. 
  • Popular tools and techniques for making learning interactive, engaging and accessible. 
  • How to apply for government funding for a Digital Education Platform. 

Who should attend? Senior Leaders with responsibility for teaching and learning. 

Using Google for Remote Teaching in Lockdown

22/02/2021 11.00am - 11.30am  

26/02/2021 2.00pm - 2.30pm 

This 30 minute virtual event showcases how Google tools can be used effectively to deliver remote teaching and learning. 

Google Workspace for Education (formerly known as G Suite for Education) is Google’s easy to use software suite for delivering remote teaching and learning. 

Who should attend? Anyone with responsibility for teaching and learning. 

Top Tips for accessing SIMS using the Scomis Hosted Application Service

23/02/2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Empowering staff to have access to SIMS to manage critical data whether working in or outside of school is increasingly important. Whether you are in a maintained school, academy, federation or Multi Academy Trust, this session will bring existing users of our Hosted Application service up to date with the new features and top tips we have recently made available for the service. 

Who should attend?  Existing users of the Scomis Hosted Applications service 

Top Ten Tips to Save Ten Minutes Using SIMS

24/02/2021 3.00 pm

 If you can save 10 minutes a day you will have freed up almost 33 hours of useful time in an academic year. Not only does this have an impact on efficiency and cost it also improves staff wellbeing.  

This session will focus on the small changes you can make to save time and improve the effectiveness of your school’s Management Information System (MIS) which could have a big impact on the day to day running of your school.  

We will also look at a range of reports and reporting tools built into SIMS which you may not have had the chance to use yet or even knew were there. We will explore how these reports can be customised to reflect the focus of the school and be used to drive school improvement. 

Tracking Attainment and Progress in Primary Schools

25/02/2021 3.00 pm

In the current time with an emphasis on effective assessment strategies, we go back to basics and look at what’s needed from a Pupil Assessment Tracking and Analysis system. 

We need to be able to: 

  • Enter teacher judgements, test scores, standardised scores or ages for the pupils we teach 
  • Show progress from the previous assessment or Key Stage 
  • Show progress against targets set by the school, authority or DfE 
  • Show steps of progress or Average Points Score 
  • Analyse pupils in specific groups such as Pupil Premium, Special Needs or Looked After 
  • Look at grades for a particular cohort, year group or teaching group 
  • Compare parallel groups, years, progress over the Key Stage 
  • Report to governors 
  • Report to parents 

The good news is that your SIMS system does have all this functionality built into the Assessment and Performance Suite of modules.  Most probably, you have all this available to you in the software you are already paying for. 

Who should attend?  Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, Assessment Leads. 

Using Microsoft for Remote Teaching in Lockdown

01/03/2021 11.00am - 11.30am  

05/03/2021 2.00pm - 2.30pm 

This 30 minute virtual event showcases how Microsoft tools can be used effectively to deliver remote teaching and learning. 

Microsoft 365 for Education is Microsoft’s software suite that educators can easily implement in their lessons and use for remote teaching and learning. 

Who should attend? Anyone with responsibility for teaching and learning. 

Tracking and Analysing Progress at KS4

02/03/2021 3.00 pm

In preparation for mock examinations, this event looks at how the SIMS Performance suite can help you track and analyse student attainment and progress at KS4 and build a picture of your KS4 headline statistics.   

Who should attend? Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, Assessment Leads 

Narrowing the Attainment Gap for Disadvantaged Pupils

04/03/2021 3.00pm

The Coronavirus crisis and closure of schools for most pupils has been challenging in so many ways.  Current thinking is that disadvantaged pupils are likely to be disproportionately impacted and that the attainment gap may widen in the short and medium term. 

It will be important for schools to be able to monitor and track their disadvantaged pupils effectively over the coming months.  This session will give you ideas about how you can use your Management Information System more effectively to achieve this. 

Who should attend?  Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, School Improvement Leads. 

Behaviour and Attitudes – Fulfilling OFSTED Requirements

18/03/2021 3.00 pm

One of the four main areas on which OFSTED has been passing judgement since September 2019 is ‘Behaviour and Attitudes.’  Moving away from academic judgements, this section focuses on students’ approach to life at school and their learning, and the importance of this to their wellbeing.  Previously OFSTED had judged schools under a combined personal development, behaviour and welfare judgement.  

In this virtual event we explore this issue in the light of returning to school after lockdown and suggest where schools might use SIMS to record evidence and be able to cross match to key performance indicators. 

Who should attend?  Head Teachers, Senior Leaders and School Improvement Leads 

Increasing Parental Engagement Through the Parent App, SIMS Pay and InTouch

Primary School Webinar - 24/02/21 -11:00 am

Secondary School Webinar - 24/02/21 -11:45 am

Primary School Webinar - 24/03/21 -11:00 am

Secondary School Webinar - 24/03/21 -11:45 am

Discover how parental engagement tools by Capita SIMS can help Schools and Parents in a time of Covid 19 and beyond.  

This session will also show how the Parental engagement tools can increase efficiency, save time and reduce costs. Demo led by Capita SIMS of the Parent App, SIMS Pay and the communication tool SIMS InTouch.

Who should attend: Head Teachers, Business Managers, ICT Managers 

What happens if I can’t attend the sessions I am interested in? 

Don’t worry, all Scomis-led sessions will be recorded.  Simply use the form to register as usual and if you can’t make it a recording will be made available to you.  

Click here to watch our pre-recorded Autumn Term Virtual Events.

Capita Webinar: Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework and the focused reviews of MATs: How SIMS can help

Since 2019 Ofsted have been carrying out a new approach to inspecting multi-academy trusts. This involves the creation of a summary evaluation letter following a number of section 5 and section 8 inspections of the Trust’s schools.

Capita's Steve Long will discuss how SIMS can be used effectively as a self-evaluation tool by MAT leaders for individual schools and for the Trust as a whole. He will focus on the Quality of Education judgement in particular as well as a range of questions that SIMS can help to answer to support leaders and Trustees through the inspection process. Click here to register for the event on Tuesday 2 March at 11am.

Scomis Bite Size

In order to support schools during COVID-19, we are providing a series of short, bite size videos to help you get the most out of SIMS, Google for Education and Microsoft 365.

Upcoming videos include:

Using SIMS in Lockdown: Taking the Register

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Who should attendClassroom Teachers, Teaching Assistants, School Administrators. 

Find out: 

  • How to access registers 
  • How to take a register for someone else 
  • How to view additional pupil/student data 
  • How to record behaviour or achievements 

Using SIMS in Lockdown: Student view

  • Who should attend: Classroom Teachers, Teaching Assistants, School Administrators. 

    Find out: 

    • How use of Pupil/Teacher View provides teachers and classroom staff with intuitive access to a summary of the key information relating to their pupils/students 
    • How to provide teachers and classroom staff with read-only access to relevant pupil/student data 
    • How the clear inter-face provides ‘data at the user’s fingertips 
    • How to configure the Pupil/Student view according to school’s requirements 

Using SIMS in Lockdown: Using the Comms Register

Who should attend: Classroom Teachers, Teaching Assistants, School Administrators. 

Find out: 

  • How to keep track of interactions with parents of your pupils 
  • How to report on parental engagement (Telephone calls/emails)  

Using SIMS in Lockdown: Ease the burden of completing the DfE Educational setting status form

Who should attend: School Administrators, Data Managers, Attendance Officers 

Find out: 

  • How to add User Defined Fields 
  • How to Bulk update User defined fields 
  • How to install and run reports 
  • How to add comments to registers 

Using SIMS in Lockdown: Parental Engagement

Who should attendClassroom Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Pastoral Leads, School Administrators 

Find out: 

  • How to share data with parents 
  • How to issue homework 
  • How to maintain and update data 
  • How to take payments 

Using SIMS in Lockdown: Exploring Reports in SIMS

Who should attend: Classroom Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Pastoral Leads, School Administrators 

Find out: 

  • How to access pre-defined reports 
  • How to create reports quickly  
  • How to save ‘favourite’ reports and access easily 
  • How existing reports can save valuable time 

Using Microsoft 365 in Lockdown: Collaborating with Pupils

10 minute session showcasing ways in which teachers can collaborate with pupils using 365. 

Using Microsoft 365 in Lockdown: Setting Assignments and using Self Marking Quizzes for Assessment

10 minute session showcasing assignments and self-marking quizzes using 365.  

Using Microsoft 365 in Lockdown: Improving Reading and Writing Skills

10 minute session showcasing accessibility and immersive reader features in 365. 

Using Microsoft 365 in Lockdown: Quick marking and feedback methods

10 minute session showcasing quick marking using a pen / graphics tablets in Teams. 

Using Google for Education in Lockdown: Collaborating with Pupils

10 minute session showcasing ways in which teachers can collaborate with pupils using Google. 

Using Google for Education in Lockdown: Setting Assignments and using Self Marking Quizzes for Assessment

10 minute session showcasing assignments and self-marking quizzes using Google 

Using Google for Education in Lockdown: Interactive Drag and Drop Puzzles

10 minute session showcasing drag and drop puzzles in Google. 

Using Google for Education in Lockdown: Google Classroom Overview

10 minute session showcasing Google Classroom. 

Previous Virtual Events

Behaviour and Attitudes – Fulfilling OFSTED Requirements

One of the four main areas on which OFSTED has been passing judgement since September 2019 is ‘Behaviour and Attitudes.’  Moving away from academic judgements, this section focuses on students’ approach to life at school and their learning, and the importance of this to their wellbeing.  Previously OFSTED had judged schools under a combined personal development, behaviour and welfare judgement.

In this virtual event we explore this issue in the light of returning to school after lockdown and suggest where schools might use SIMS to record evidence and be able to cross match to key performance indicators.

Who should attend?  Head Teachers, Senior Leaders and School Improvement Leads

Watch this session back on YouTube here.

Managing Staff Workload in a Time of Change through Effective Use of MIS.

If you can save 10 minutes a day you will have freed up almost 33 hours of useful time in an academic year. Not only does this have an impact on efficiency and cost it also improves staff wellbeing.

This session will focus on the small changes you can make to save time and improve the effectiveness of your school’s Management Information System (MIS) which could have a big impact on the day to day running of your school.

We will also look at a range of reports and reporting tools built into SIMS which you may not have had the chance to use yet or even knew were there. We will explore how these reports can be customised to reflect the focus of the school and be used to drive school improvement.

Watch this session back on YouTube here.

Delivering Blended Teaching and Learning – how is it done?

Blended learning provides a combination of face-to-face learning whilst exploiting digital content and remote teaching and learning tools to facilitate anytime/anyplace learning.  Finding the right tools and approach which meets the needs of learners is challenging at a time when educators are increasingly being asked to do more with less.

Attend one of these virtual sessions to find out more about:

  • What platforms are available and how they support teaching and learning effectively.
  • How Digital Education Platforms and digital tools and techniques help learners to achieve learning outcomes, without duplicating staff workload.
  • Popular tools and techniques for making learning interactive, engaging and accessible.
  • How to apply for government funding for a Digital Education Platform.

Who should attend? Senior Leaders with responsibility for teaching and learning.

Watch this session back on YouTube here.

Bringing Data Together to Improve Outcomes across a Multi Academy Trust

Bringing data together from schools can take time. This session will show how Scomis has used Power BI to consolidate SIMS data into ready to use dashboards for Multi Academy Trusts making it easy to understand school data, combining key performance measures and useful pupil demographic filters.

Who should attend?  Senior Leaders in Multi Academy Trusts including CEOs, CFOs, School Improvement Leaders and Directors of Education.

Watch this session back on YouTube here.

SIMS in the Cloud, Anytime, Anywhere – Getting the most out of your Scomis Hosted Application Service

Empowering staff to have access to SIMS to manage critical data within and outside of school and/or across a MAT is increasingly important. This session will bring existing users of our Hosted Application service up to date with the new features and tools we have recently made available for the service.

Who should attend?  Existing users of the Scomis Hosted Applications service

Watch this session back on YouTube here.

Google Workspace for Education - what is it?

Google Workspace for Education (formerly known as G Suite for Education) is Google’s software suite designed to include all of Google’s main components in one package that educators can easily implement in their lessons and use for remote teaching and learning.

From enhancing learner activities to managing assignments and making virtual staff meetings run more smoothly, Google Workspace for Education has lots of potential, but if teachers are not prepared to use it in an optimal way, some of this potential will be lost.

This virtual event summarises the core Google tools that can be used for teaching and learning.

Who should attend? Anyone with responsibility for teaching and learning.

Tracking Attainment and Progress in Primary Schools

In the current time with an emphasis on effective assessment strategies, we go back to basics and look at what’s needed from a Pupil Assessment Tracking and Analysis system.

We need to be able to:

  • Enter teacher judgements, test scores, standardised scores or ages for the pupils we teach
  • Show progress from the previous assessment or Key Stage
  • Show progress against targets set by the school, authority or DfE
  • Show steps of progress or Average Points Score
  • Analyse pupils in specific groups such as Pupil Premium, Special Needs or Looked After
  • Look at grades for a particular cohort, year group or teaching group
  • Compare parallel groups, years, progress over the Key Stage
  • Report to governors
  • Report to parents

The good news is that your SIMS system does have all this functionality built into the Assessment and Performance Suite of modules.  Most probably, you have all this available to you in the software you are already paying for.

Who should attend?  Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, Assessment Leads.

Watch this session back on YouTube here.

Accessing SIMS in the Cloud, Anytime, Anywhere – Find out how you can achieve this with SIMS 7 and our Hosted Application Service

Empowering staff to have access to SIMS to manage critical data within and outside of school and/or across a MAT is increasingly important. This session will focus on how to remove the burden of managing SIMS, FMS and Discover onsite so that you can focus on pupil attainment and school improvement.

Who should attend? Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, IT Managers, Business Managers and anyone who does not currently use our Hosted Application service and would like to find out more about how this service might benefit you.

Watch this session back on YouTube here.

Narrowing the Attainment Gap for Disadvantaged Pupils

The Coronavirus crisis and closure of schools for most pupils has been challenging in so many ways.  Current thinking is that disadvantaged pupils are likely to be disproportionately impacted and that the attainment gap may widen in the short and medium term.

It will be important for schools to be able to monitor and track their disadvantaged pupils effectively over the coming months.  This session will give you ideas about how you can use your Management Information System more effectively to achieve this.

Who should attend?  Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, School Improvement Leads.

Watch this session back on YouTube here.

Tracking and Analysing Progress at KS4

In preparation for mock examinations, this event looks at how the SIMS Performance suite can help you track and analyse student attainment and progress at KS4 and build a picture of your KS4 headline statistics.

Who should attend? Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, Assessment Leads

Watch this session back on YouTube here.

Getting the most out of Microsoft for Teaching and Learning

Microsoft 365 for Education is Microsoft’s software suite designed to include all of Microsoft main components in one package that educators can easily implement in their lessons and use for remote teaching and learning.

From enhancing learner activities to managing assignments and making virtual staff meetings run more smoothly, Microsoft 365 for Education has lots of potential, but if teachers are not prepared to use it in an optimal way, some of this potential will be lost.

This virtual event showcases how schools can get the most out of what Microsoft has to offer.

Who should attend? Anyone with responsibility for teaching and learning

Getting Started with Google for Education

Discover how your organisation can develop its approach to digital learning with education focused technologies. These sessions will be showcasing the very best of Google for Education and the benefits it can bring to the classroom. This 90 Minute session will cover using Google Drive (including Docs, Sheets and Slides), managing your drive space, and the key features of Google Classroom.

Who should attend? People who are new to using Google;

Going Further with Google for Education

Aimed at people who are already using Google; this 150 Minute session will cover advanced use of Google Classroom, Google Forms, Google Sites and Drawings.

We’ll show you how quick and easy it is to set up your class in Google Classroom and use it as mission control to set your class tasks, collect them, give feedback, mark, and communicate.

We will cover the basics with lots of ideas for using Google Forms in your school for assessment and student feedback and reducing the burden of repetitive administration.

We’ll show you how you can easily create a private class website for your students to host lesson information, worksheets, videos and more.  You can create a Google Site to be the main source of information during school closures, embed a calendar, post updates, and share helpful resources in your class.

We will explore ways G Suite can improve engagement including Google Drawings.  Technology can bring the world to your classroom at a level of interactivity that goes well beyond the printed page.

Who should attend?  People with some experience of using Google and wish to exploit the software more fully.