2021/2022 Service Definition

SIMS Assisted School and Workforce Census Setup


What is it?

Our Assisted School or Workforce Census Setup Service assists schools with the preparation and creation of the School or Workforce Census return from SIMS. This service is delivered remotely and offered prior to each School and Workforce Census. 

A date and time convenient to school will be scheduled and a SIMS expert will guide you through the complexities of creating a School or Workforce return.

Why do I need it?

  • Our SIMS consultants will support your school with ensuring that the preparation of your census return runs smoothly.
  • Guidance and support will be provided ensuring you have the most up-to-date information available as it emerges from the DfE.

What are the benefits?

  • A SIMS consultant will help you to prepare SIMS for the School or Workforce Census return.
  • During the service you will receive immediate expert guidance and support tailored to your specific school's census return.
  • Save administration time and costs.
  • Timely completion of the statutory return.
  • Any software issues can be identified and addressed early.
  • If you are new to school you can be confident that the correct procedures are being followed.

'A fantastic and affordable service, saved a considerable amount of valuable office time allowing the census process to go smoothly without any fails or queries. Thank you again.' 

Hoole St Michael CE Primary School.

"I would just like to express my gratitude regarding all the support I received from you during our school census. Your help was invaluable as it gave me time to concentrate on the daily running of the school office."

Our Lady and St Hubert Roman Catholic Primary School.

What is included?

  • Remote access to your school's SIMS.
  • Checks to ensure the latest fileset is imported.
  • Creation of a School or Workforce Census return.
  • To assist you in the preparation of your SIMS data for the School or Workforce Census return.
  • Guidance through each of the panels within the School or Workforce Census return.
  • Completion of the 'create and validate' routine.
  • Expert help to resolve errors and queries generated by the return.
  • To receive guidance on statutory data items and where to record them in SIMS.
  • Advice on how to run the School or Workforce Census detailed reports.
  • Advice and guidance on the remaining data items and procedures to be carried out on census day.
  • To create a successful School or Workforce Census return with the support and guidance of a SIMS consultant.
  • Copy of the completion notes and submission guidance transferred to the schools desktop for future reference.

What is excluded?

  • The school will be required to provide all the relevant data to be included in the School Census return.
  • The School Census return must be checked for accuracy and officially signed off by the head teacher prior to submission by the school to the Local Authority.
  • Lancashire County Council Education Digital Services will not be responsible for the data included in the return and submitted to the Local Authority.
  • Following sign-off of the service, no further amendments or support for the census return are included. Further issues or queries with the School Census return should be logged with our ICT Service Centre on 0300 123 6797 (option 1).
  • Amendments or new requests for assistance should be commissioned separately.

What does it cost?

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Additional information

How do I book this consultancy?

Please contact EducationDigitalServices@Lancashire.gov.uk to arrange a booking.

Are there any restrictions on this service?

Please note that our discounted price is offered to all schools purchasing either a SIMS Managed Service or SIMS Software Only support service. Schools purchasing our SIMS Finance Only support service may only receive FMS related consultancy services at our discounted rate, all other consultancies will be charged at our standard rates.

Is training available?

Lancashire County Council Learning and Development Team provide 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.