Ensuring all the data in the modules is up-to-date

SIMS data is held within modules, eg Staff or Pupil/Student Details. 90% of the data used by the CES Census is held in SIMS modules so it is important to ensure that the data in SIMS is up to date before running the Census. The 10% of data not held in SIMS must be entered in the Census panels each time a Census is completed (eg questions related to teaching of RE).

If the SIMS data is not kept up to date it will need to be entered into the Census panels each time the Census is completed. The Census will therefore take longer to complete.

It is therefore imperative that the fields needed for the CES Census are completed in the appropriate SIMS module in advance of completing the Census.

You should ensure that:

  • All new pupils have been assigned a religion and an ethnicity
  • All new members of staff have been assigned a religion and an ethnicity
  • Free School Meals information is up to date
  • Any member of staff with a Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies has this or "CCRS" assigned as a qualification
  • Any member of staff with a National Professional Qualification for Headship has this or "NPQH" assigned as a qualification
  • In the case of maintained schools, ensure that only members of the leadership team ie executive head teacher; head teacher; deputy head teacher and assistant head teacher have been allocated to the leadership category in SIMS. Independent schools and colleges may choose to assign holders of equivalent roles (eg members of the senior management team) to the CES Leadership Team category.
  • In the case of support staff, ensure that members of staff carrying out roles listed here have been assigned those roles in SIMS.

Bulk Update can be used for entry of religion and ethnicity to several pupils simultaneously. Click here for further information.

 
 

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