2020/2021 Service Definition

SIMS Consultancy

About the Service

The SIMS Consultancy service provides a wide range of specialist consultancy services to complement the use of SIMS or FMS6 in schools. This on-demand service is available to any school either on-site or remotely.

What is it?


Why do I need it?

As a new Headteacher or as a member of staff you may ask "Where do I start?" Even after training, you may still need advice on how to apply your new found skills to your school’s particular circumstances or you may want to develop those skills further within your school environment.

BT Lancashire Services can support you in implementing new ways of working and reaching that goal through assisted setup services and consultancy sessions.

There may also be occasions when a crucial member of staff is unexpectedly absent from school at a critical time of the year. Our expert SIMS Consultants can support you during these times*, whether it is creating your timetable, applying it to SQL or setting up your new academic year in SIMS.

What are the benefits?

This service provides customised support, advice and guidance specific to your school's business requirements and needs, enabling you to maximise the use of SIMS and the data it holds. This can reduce the burden on school staff, reduce costs and improve efficiency with school office procedures and SIMS maintenance.

By using our SIMS Consultancy services you can be assured you are providing the very best support and guidance for your staff, especially if they are new to their role.

Consultancy sessions can be delivered remotely or on-site for schools in the North-West.

Many schools have found this service particularly helpful when trying to set up new attainment monitoring, tracking and reporting systems using Assessment Manager or when building a school’s timetable for the new academic year.

What's Included?

The SIMS Consultancy Service is charged on an hourly basis. We will provide a quote for the service, following the initial telephone consultation to establish your school's requirements.

Service Features

Feature Description

Initial Consultation (by telephone)

To assess the school's business requirements and provide a no obligation quote for costs and timescale for delivery.

Consultancy Sessions

Upon signing up for a consultancy service, a session with a SIMS consultant will be arranged to address your school's business requirements. Example sessions include:

Price Band A

  • Assisted School Census Service
  • SIMS Behaviour Management Setup Service
  • SIMS Secondary / Primary Year End Setup Service
  • Early Years Foundation / Key Stage Setup Service
  • Equipment Register Setup Service
  • Management Information System Health Checks

Price Band B

  • Assessment Manager Consultation
  • Assisted Timetabling Construction Service
  • Exam Results Preparation Service
  • FMS Consultancy and Academy Finance Setup
  • SIMS Health Check for Post-16 Return
  • Promoting School Timetable in the Summer Term
  • Timetable Maintenance Service

Review Consultation

Should a subsequent consultation session be required we will discuss how the consultancy work is progressing and address any queries that may have arisen since the previous consultation.

Additional Information

How do I make a booking?

Please contact EducationSales@btlancashire.co.uk to arrange a booking.

Is there anything I need to have in place before I can use this service?

Yes, the school will need to have SIMS or FMS6 operational on a SIMS server hosted within the school, in order to utilise this service.

How many consultancy hours are included as part of this service?

This is dependent on the school's requirements. A no obligation quote for costs and timescale for delivery are provided following an initial consultation.

Are training services also available?

Yes, Lancashire County Council's Learning and Development Team provides a range of face-to-face training courses at its training centre in Lancashire. These are open to all schools, including those outside Lancashire. Contact skillslearninganddevelopment@lancashire.gov.uk for more information.