Welcome to your weekly EIS Bulletin!
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Below we have summarised what is new this week… if you have any queries, please get in touch!
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- SIMS Autumn 2019 Upgrade: Take Register Printing and Display Issues in Attendance – Information Notice (19-E061)
- Guidance on Recording SENCO’s and Teaching Assistants in SIMS – Information Notice (19-E062)
The School Census button on the Support Portal is now live ready for the census on Thursday 16 January. Information and documentation will be updated during the coming weeks to make sure that schools are prepared for timely submission of their return.
The following documents have recently been uploaded:
- Guide to completing the Spring 2020 School Census – Information Notice (19-E063)
- Local Authority Contact Numbers for Census Related Enquiries
We will be running a Primary School Census Webinar on Thursday 9 January, 2020 aimed at staff looking for a refresher. Please see the Training section below.
We also offer consultancy visits for new staff who have little or no experience of running a census in SIMS – please log a request with the Service Desk on 0300 065 8888 or email email@example.com if you are interested.
SIMS: Recording a School Closure Due to Use as a Polling Station (# code)
Elections in the United Kingdom are scheduled to be held on Thursday 12 December 2019.
Is your school used as a Polling Station?
Do you need to record a planned closure (# code) for attendance purposes in SIMS?
Guidance notes Setting Up Polling Days in SIMS:# Code are available on the EIS Support Portal.
Training & Events
View all EIS Training Courses on http://www.kentcpdonline.org.uk/
- E488 SIMS Options Online – Thursday 12 December 2019
Completing the Spring 2020 School Census – Primary
EIS are hosting a FREE webinar on SIMS School Census
Please register for the Completing the Spring 2020 School Census – Primary Webinar on Thursday 9 January, 2020 from 11:00 – 11:45 AM at:
The Webinar will show how to complete the Spring 2020 School Census, including importing updated filesets.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.
Census Briefing for Bromley Schools
EIS will be running through the Census process in SIMS at the Bromley Census Briefing as outlined below:
In preparation for the Census collection, the London Borough of Bromley Strategy and Performance Team is holding a briefing session. The Preparing for and Running the School Census session will be held on Monday 9 December, 2019 at The Civic Centre, Bromley, from 10am – 12pm.
If you have any queries regarding this event please contact the Bromley team direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot Off The Press!
SIMS User Forum – Presentation Slides
The presentation slides from the SIMS User Forum (SEN focus) that took place on Wednesday 27 November are now available on the Support Portal along with supporting documentation. As the forum was so well received by schools we are considering repeating the event in West Kent. Details to follow in the new year.
SIMS – Customer Survey
As part of our continued service improvement we would really welcome your feedback on the service that the SIMS team provide.
Please could you take 2 minutes out of your day to complete a very quick survey?
Please click on this link to complete the survey – https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=CIyzJRprpUWVU-mXyItG0SYxNHsRFktAkNRsB0vOcp5URUtIMEc2WVhPNE5HOVRYRUdBOUVTRTlHSy4u
For further information and to get in touch: