Interventions, tracking effectiveness

Interventions is going to be a new module – baked into the SIMS7 core product. I’m quite excited about this – as it sounds like both Phil Neal (SIMs Director) and Lucy Crawford (Product Manager ) are as well – judging by both the presentation and lunch discussion we had at the Summer Conference.

The module is currently in development, and expected during the first half of 2017. I first heard about the idea for Interventions a few years ago now; as a way of bridging the gap for tracking the effectiveness of and reporting on actions staff take to ensure children reach their potential by early flagging and supporting of needs.

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Say hello to SIMS Activities

Fairly quietly at Bett 2016, Capita launched a new product to the SIMS family – SIMS Activities. Activities has been designed as a web based portal to allow schools to efficiently and effectively manage extracurricular activities and school trips. According to research, some schools are running as many as 50 extracurricular activities throughout the year, from music lessons to sports clubs to trips away, the administration can be extremely time consuming. SIMS Activities can save hours of daily administration time, gathering disparate bits of information from those running extracurricular activities.

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Highlights for Spring, in Capita SIMS

Spring, well almost Summer weather is on its way, Easter has been and gone – and we are now into the Summer term for Schools. This means that the SIMS Spring update has also been released, so its time for a short roundup of updates and forthcoming changes.

Not all of SIMS now has to be updated this way – as any of the users of the Cloud Products will know. Agora and the Teacher App are updated in waves throughout the year – meaning that customer requests and general product development are much more responsive.

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BETT 2016 Roundup – Microsoft Class Notebook and OneNote in Education

thI’ve always loved OneNote – in fact all my blog notes; and day to day work notes are all kept in OneNote Notebooks. I’ve got at least 6 different Notebooks syncing for different things – and that’s even before I consider the personal ones too. The reason why…its so simple; and flexible – you can store anything in them; and when you combine them with the power of mobile and inking (via tablets such as the Surface, or even non Microsoft ones with a pen) – they come into their own. Text, images, tables, links, images, videos…the full works. Oh, and yes, formatting is in there too. Some of you who saw me at BETT may have noticed that myself and a colleague were both sporting rather fetching purple “OneNote Avenger” capes…! Continue reading

Powershell – Bacon saving…

Even though I don’t run a production network anymore; I do still maintain my own Virtual network for demonstrations and testing product features for the day job. I do remember getting the issue Im going to cover today though a while ago when I did run a School Network!. So, what is this issue? How many of you have seen the dreaded “the trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed” message? A quick Google (or other search engine of your choice) will get you plenty of information from support blogs and Microsoft articles. The problem is, many of them ask you to rejoin your machine to the domain. That’s not always possible – nor desirable, particularly in my case, where Id got it on my Exchange Server VM in my demo network. Id left it paused for too long. Continue reading