This term we have decided to take a very different approach to our User Groups given the limitations of running physical events in the ongoing situation we find ourselves in, and following consultation with our customers.
Instead of the normal half day events in venues around the country, we would like to invite you to choose from a series of free of charge, virtual events that will be held over the 6-week period from early November until mid-December. The series comprises a number of short virtual events each week and will focus on topical subjects and challenges that our customers are currently looking to address. It also includes some longer CPD sessions, hosted in conjunction with Getech Education, showcasing the very best of Google for Education and the benefits it can bring to the classroom. Whether you are new to Google for Education or already use it and want to go further there will be a session for you.
By taking this approach we aim to offer more flexibility and choice and to provide additional value to all of our customers as the series will be accessible nationally. All of the Scomis-led events will be recorded so that you can easily share them within school or access them at a time to suit you if you are unable to participate in the live sessions of your choice.
Full details about each of the sessions scheduled can be found below. At the end you'll find information on how to book.
Virtual Session Details
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
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.
Date and Time: 10/11/2020 - 14:00-14:45
Led by: Scomis
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.
Date and Time: 12/11/2020 - 14:00-14:45 ; 23/11/2020 - 10:00-10:45
Led by: Scomis
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.
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
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.
Date and Time: 18/11/2020 - 14:00-14:45 ; 08/12/2020 - 10:00-10:45
Led by: Scomis
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.
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.
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.
Date and Time: 24/11/2020 - 14:00-14:45
Led by: Scomis
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
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
Date and Time: 04/12/2020 - 10:00-10:45 ; 08/12/2020 - 14:00-14:45
Led by: Scomis
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;
Date and Time: 06/11/2020 ; 16/11/2020 ; 03/12/2020 ; 09/12/2020 - 09:00-10:30 or 10:45-12:15 each day
Led by: Getech
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.
Date and Time: 06/11/2020 ; 16/11/2020 ; 03/12/2020 ; 09/12/2020 - 13:30-16:00 each day
Led by: Getech
How to Book
Please click here for the booking form. From there please select the sessions you would like to attend and submit the form. You will then be sent a confirmation email with links to the sessions you have chosen. Please note that all sessions will be delivered either using Microsoft Teams, Teams Live or in the case of the Google CPD sessions, Google Meet. You will be sent log in details with your booking confirmation email.
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.
These sessions are free of charge and there are no limits on delegate numbers, so please share this information with any of your colleagues who may find them useful. Equally if there are any other topics you would like us to cover please do let us know.