SIMS User Forum – November 2018

The latest SIMS user forum was held last Friday at the Ashford International Hotel, with around 100 delegates coming to hear about how SIMS can support schools with their GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) policies.


With the venue decorated for Christmas there was a festive feel to the event, and delegates watched some of the SIMS routines designed to help with data management.


To begin with Mark Hodges (Education Systems Team Manager) welcomed the delegates and outlined the agenda. After introductions there was a presentation on how SIMS supports GDPR with discussion around areas such as Bulk deletion of data, protect from bulk deletion, DPO (Data Person Output report) permissions and the DPO report. With some DPO’s in the audience it was interesting to see how others have used these functions to help with their role.


Tea and coffee gave an opportunity for the delegates to do a bit of networking and talk to colleagues from other schools about all things SIMS! Next came a very informative presentation from Tracey McGuire (SIMS Consultant) who was able to show how physical data protection could be used with SIMS (forced password changes for example), and how SIMS allows you to check and validate your data, ensuring that you have the correct information.


The feedback from the audience was that it was an informative morning which gave them ideas to take straight back and use in school.


Keep an eye out for the FAQ’s that came from the morning. The slide deck is available to refer back to. The next forum will be more towards the West of the county and hopefully we will see you there.