“We have always rated the team extremely highly. They are always on the end of the phone to advise and fix problems and there has never been a time that they have not been able to rectify our problem, whether with advice we can follow or communicating remotely if we can’t do it ourselves. We cannot speak highly enough of them, they are all highly skilled, approachable and generally brilliant.”

    Our Data Management Services team offers advice and support across the suite of modules for Management Information System (MIS) software via our ICT Service Desk. We also offer implementation and support in the use of SIMS including consultancy, training, documentation and onsite visits for headteachers, senior leaders, business managers and administrators.

    Additional services provided specifically for primary phase schools (maintained and academy) include:

    Implementing SIMS Achievement and Behaviour Management

    Behaviour Management, part of the SIMS suite, aids the implementation of a school’s behaviour policy in an effective way. SIMS allows positive and negative behaviour data to be entered, managed, analysed and reported upon, and ensures pupil records are comprehensive. A catalogue of analysis reports have been produced to enable this data to be extracted and viewed in various formats.

    SIMS Assessment Manager (AM7)

    SIMS resources, including Assessment Manager templates and SIMS reports, have been developed as part of our PA Plus solution. These are designed to support schools and academies with tracking and analysing attainment and progress at cohort and vulnerable group levels, as well as for individual pupils.

    Additional tracking toolkits: EYFS Progress, Phonic Phases and Reading Progression

    For use within AM7, these toolkits have been created in collaboration with HfL Teaching & Learning Advisors and are available as value‑added resources.

    The EYFS Progress Toolkit allows a school or academy to track pupil progress and attainment, as detailed in ‘Early Years Outcomes’, on a half-termly basis.

    The Phonic Phases Toolkit allows a school or academy to track pupil progress and attainment across phases, as detailed in ‘Letters and Sounds’, on a half‑termly basis.

    The Reading Progression Toolkit allows a school or academy to track pupil progress and attainment using the coloured book bands, on a half‑termly basis.

    SIMS Staff Performance

    SIMS has provided this module as an enhancement to the Personnel area that will enable a school to keep the annual ‘performance related pay’ appraisal process simple and manage the objectives, observations and review processes.

    This is a very cost effective option for schools, as well as being easy to implement, as all the staff and class information is already in SIMS, with the added benefit that staff are also familiar with using SIMS.

    We can show you how to:

    • record and manage lesson observations for teaching staff
    • record and manage individual staff objectives
    • record and manage staff reviews
    • record and manage training and development
    • build and manage a staff performance record
    • report and analyse data to manage outcomes
    • extract the necessary data for Ofsted inspections
    • link directly to existing staff data held in SIMS

    Additional SIMS Services and Health Checks

    Our team has developed a range of module specific services to identify and offer guidance to improve how a school is using specific areas of SIMS. This may be in the form of a remote service, or an onsite visit to check the quality of the data and to ensure that modules in the software are being used to full potential.

    Guidance on processes to improve data quality, and to ensure that SIMS is being used efficiently and effectively throughout the school or academy, will be provided throughout the session. Areas covered by this service include:

    • Pupil Premium checking
    • Attendance
    • Behaviour Management
    • SEN
    • Personnel
    • SIMS database/SQL maintenance

    Staff support

    Mentoring and support for new members of a school or academy’s administration staff are also available on request, as is refresher training for staff that have been in post for some time.

    Many of the training courses that we deliver are particularly relevant to primary schools. Details of our courses are in our training and events section.


    The Data Management Services Support Contract pricing will depend on various factors, including student numbers and the SIMS modules in use. For a personalised quotation, please contact us on 01438 844777 (option 1, option 1) or help@sd.hertsforlearning.co.uk, so we can discuss your support needs.

    For further information on any of our services or training courses for primary phase schools and academies, please contact us:

    Data Management Services
    Tel: 01438 844777 (option 1, option 1)
    Email: help@sd.hertsforlearning.co.uk