2023/2024 Service Definition

SIMS Discover (Data Analysis)

About the Service

SIMS Discover is a powerful add-on module to SIMS that allows you to easily analyse pupil data held in SIMS in minutes. It lets you efficiently monitor pupils and can provide evidence for Ofsted and governors.

It is an ideal analysis tool for senior managers to analyse data within SIMS and present data in a highly visual way. The powerful interface enables the data to be presented in a variety of ways including Venn diagrams, bar charts, pie charts and line graphs, with the ability to drill down into the pupil information, giving you all the details to hand to help make critical decisions.

What are the benefits?

  • Identify trends

SIMS Discover provides you with graphs that show trends in your data, so you can quickly identify any patterns of behaviour, attendance and attainment. You can also track trends over time. The SIMS Discover screen allows you to choose from a bank of predefined, customisable graphs and simply drag and drop onto the workspace.

  • Track your Pupil Premium Children

Ensure that you are "closing the gap" with your Pupil Premium children by tracking data trends over time. You can review termly trends over one year or a period of three years.

  • Provide the evidence you need for Ofsted and Governors

SIMS Discover has a graphical format which makes it easier for you to extract information for inspectors and governors. You can also export your graphs into any Microsoft Office application such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, which can be useful for school reports, meetings and presentations.

  • Transform pupil data analysis

SIMS Discover features a user-friendly interface, with 'drag and drop' actions to simplify the challenging area of data analysis for all your staff.

  • Save time analysing your data and involve all your staff

Staff can access all pupil data easily on one screen, rather than using different software packages and find their own answers to the usual complex queries.

  • Identify specific pupils and intervene earlier

No pupil should go unnoticed. All SIMS Discover graphs are dynamic and will continuously update, providing the very latest information to help you to identify pupils who may previously have slipped under the radar, and quickly take appropriate action.

What's Included?

Service Features

The SIMS Discover module includes the following features:

Feature Description
Initial training
  • Initial training provided when Discover is installed.
Simple drag and drop interface
  • The main SIMS Discover screen allows you to choose from a bank of predefined and customisable graphs, dragging them onto the workspace to instantly display results.
Pre-defined graphs
  • Discover comes prepared with a large number of ready-to-use graphs, covering all pupil areas.
  • A-Level Examination Graph Definitions, including Achievements by Half Term, Whole School Attendance, Student Bullying Incidents by Type, Whole School graphs and the Student Totals by Key Pastoral Factors.
Find trends and patterns in your pupil data
  • Monitor 'at risk' groups, assess intervention strategies and see the full picture of your school's data.
Easily create Venn diagrams
  • Drag, drop and merge multiple graphs to create high level queries showing which pupils fall into all selected categories.
Dynamic groups that are always correct
  • Set up dynamic groups of pupils in Discover which can then be seen throughout SIMS.
  • Easy to define group criteria, e.g. less than 80% attendance and more than 50 behaviour points.
  • The dynamic groups integrate with Assessment Manager and can be used in assessment monitoring and tracking analysis.
Receive automatic alerts
  • Allows staff to receive alerts on pupils joining or leaving dynamic groups to identify significant changes in student attendance, performance or behaviour.
Compare your data over time
  • Compare pupil data over the last three years to spot trends and patterns, monitor at risk groups, assess intervention strategies and prepare reports for Governors and Ofsted.

Notes: There is a small installation charge per server and per PC. We recommend that installations are focused on senior staff or staff with data analysis duties.