The summer release has just gone live and I am delighted to say that we have managed to squeeze some last-minute additions into SIMS Assessment.
- Programme of Study to include EYFS
A highlight for me is the inclusion of EYFS within the Programme of Study (PoS) area. This means that Early Years teachers can now take advantage of the formative and summative curriculum model that has been available within the primary and secondary phase for some time.
The PoS area will cover the whole EYFS phase, from years E1 to Year R, as defined within your school. This means schools now have the ability to assess their children from birth all the way up to KS4, all within the same area.
A big advantage of using the PoS area is that, as soon as data has been recorded, teachers gain instant access to linked analysis and reports, saving valuable time and resource.
Even better, if you are already using EYFS Marksheets, you can take advantage of this new functionality straightaway. Your summative assessments will automatically appear in the PoS area as the 'overall' judgements.
For schools using SIMS Progress Grids, a simple data transfer routine has been included. This will help copy results across from the old aspects into the new PoS area, and make sure you are quickly good to go.
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You will also be able to assess against EYFS within the PoS on the SIMS Teacher app. And don’t forget to take full advantage of the linked reporting and customisation features that come with this – see the box out table for more details.
New EYFS linked reports in the Programme of Study include:
• PoS data within Individual reports
• Summative attainment report
• Summative progress report
• Formative attainment report
• Formative progress report
Customisation features available include:
• Manage statements
• Manage grades
• Individual reports
- Gap analysis reports
From our latest round of conferences and update seminars, we discovered that many of our schools were not yet aware of the gap analysis reports.
These are readily available and support the analysis of key measures, from the EYFS good level of development to the most recently announced KS4 shadow measures.
Don’t forget that report definitions are available to all SIMS schools and are downloadable from My Account via the AMPARK page. Updates are published regularly here alongside a dedicated newsfeed for each school phase.
We covered these resources in this blog and if you still haven't taken a look at the insightful analysis at KS4 I would highly recommend it. Not only do they provide an overview of where you are now in relation to your current attainment, you can quickly see how your groups compare to see where there are any differentials.
- Summer updates
SIMS School Report
To provide a consistent analysis experience at KS4, we’ve updated the SIMS School report. From the summer release, the report will no longer perform its own calculations. Instead it will display KPI results pulled directly from the KS4 resources.
From early August, SIMS SchoolView will be including KS4 measures in addition to the range of measures for students and staff already available. This will be particularly helpful for multi academy trusts and groups of schools that would like to compare performance across all secondary schools.
More information about SIMS SchoolView is available here.
SIMS and Learning Ladders
If your school uses SIMS and Learning Ladders as your main assessment solution at KS1 and KS2, you can activate a link between the two to transfer across results. This means you’ll be able to review core subject analysis within the National Curriculum Programmes of Study within SIMS. For more information, click here.
I hope this has given you a good insight into our ongoing developments for SIMS Assessment. Should you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will get in touch.