What's New

Click on the below images to find out about our latest updates and how we can help and support you: 

Don't delay, pre-order your SQL upgrade today!

Education Software Solutions (ESS), the providers of SIMS software, will be ceasing support and testing of SQL 2012 and 2014 after the Spring 2022 SIMS release and supporting only SQL 2016 SP2.

We are now taking pre-orders for upgrades to be completed later this year.

SIMS Autumn 2021 Census Webinar

During the SIMS Autumn 2021 Census webinar, our SIMS Consultant guides you through the preparation for the completion of the Autumn Census.

The webinar is now available to view at your convenience and can be accessed in the SIMS Webinars section of the website (log in to view).

FREE TRIAL Discovery Education Health & Relationships (RSHE)

All Lancashire schools and our Discovery Education Espresso subscribers can get free access to the new Discovery Education Health and Relationships online module until 31 October 2021!

For more information, please view the flyer and log in to our Discovery Education Support page. Schools already using the free trial, please complete the feedback survey.


Discovery Espresso Webinar Recordings - FAO Teachers

The new Discovery Education platform provides a host of teaching and learning tools carefully designed to empower teachers and engage pupils wherever the learning is taking place.

Please see links to each recording:

28 June 2021 - Creative teaching: Planning and delivering exciting learning experiences

7 July 2021 - Reflective practice: Tracking pupils’ learning and building impact and efficacy

Sophos Central

Check out the new features released by our anti-virus and threat protection product, Sophos Central, such as Multi-Factor Authentication and Intercept X. Read more on our Support page.

SIMS Parent Lite App

SIMS Parent Lite App offers a cost effective solution to easily communicate electronically with parents. Easy to use, providing a secure tool for collecting pupil and parent data direct to SIMS.

My ICT Incidents

Report your ICT incidents via our website. There are a number of benefits to using this form as opposed to telephony or email:

  • It's convenient
  • Saves time
  • Track your incidents and communicate with ICT staff online

Why not give it a try? Feedback from schools using the facility has been positive.


SIMS Consultancy

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.

FREE TRIAL Pupil Safeguarding, Monitoring and Alerting Service

Broadband and Online Services subscribers: Register your school's interest in joining the free trial of the Pupil Safeguarding, Monitoring and Alerting Service, Netsweeper nMonitor, by 22 October 2021. Please go to our Web Filtering (Netsweeper) service page for more details.


Introducing Sophos Central

To improve security and functionality, we are upgrading our anti-virus and threat protection product to Sophos Central. 

If you subscribe to our Anti-Virus and Threat Protection services and haven't migrated yet, please visit our Support pages for guidance. 

For more details on this vital service, visit our Annual Service page or contact us via email or our online form.


A Whole New Experience!

Discovery Education Experience is the brand-new platform for delivering Discovery Education Espresso resources. Providing a fresh new look and tools, the Experience platform brings together the best of Discovery Education Espresso high-quality digital content with customisation, creation and collaboration tools 

If you are a subscriber, Discovery Education will be contacting you in the next few weeks to arrange your school's migration, at no extra cost! See the flyer and our support page for more details! 

If you want to find out more about our service, please visit our Discovery Education Resources Annual Service page or contact us.

Support for Remote Learning

To help schools manage laptops and tablets that are being donated to their school, for pupils to learn from home, we have pulled together some useful links, hints and tips, including a summary of the main laptop donation schemes available from the Department of Education (DfE) and Lancashire County Council.

FREE Events

We run a series of events and webinars throughout the year. Whether you want to get the most out of your SIMS functionality, learn more about the exciting new products and services we have to offer, discover new features or develop your skills, then we have an event for you.

What is ransomware?

The Department for Education (DFE) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have recently written to all schools to raise awareness of the increasing threat of ransomware attacks.

Lancashire County Council Education Digital Services have sent out additional information via the Lancashire Schools' Portal and email to help our subscribing schools understand how the services we provide can help protect them. We have also added useful links to the NCSC on our Safeguarding and Security support page.


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Technical Support Visits for Curriculum Networks

Find out how our skilled ICT Technicians can support you through our Technical Support Visits for Curriculum Networks service.

Remote Desktop Access (SGD)

The Remote Desktop Access service provides a secure connection (using your web browser) from a remote or home location to your school network desktop or Remote Desktop Services server.



Safeguarding and Security

Netsweeper filtering is the new product chosen by Lancashire County Council Education Digital Services to provide internet filtering to connected schools. It provides enhanced SSL Filtering as standard, excellent reporting facilities and a secure dual site configuration. It is also compliant with the UK Safer Internet Centre guidance.