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Introduction to SIMS 'Programme of Study' Marksheets

Learn how to use this important new SIMS tool for formative assessment.

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What is it?

This is a simple guide to the new Programme of Study marksheets in SIMS. The programme of study marksheets form the core of Capita SIMS' new assessment without levels (AWOL) solution. The course will show you how the new marksheets can be used to record formative assessments for the entire national curriculum.

Primary or Secondary School?

From the Spring of 2015 the new marksheets are available for Primary schools. Capita plan to release a KS3 version of these marksheets by the Autumn term. Regardless which type of school you are in, you need to know about the future of SIMS formative assessment.

Prior knowledge

We assume no prior knowledge of SIMS, assessment without levels or of formative assessment. It would be useful if you are familiar with SIMS, but not essential.

Is it a 'hands on?' course?

We've designed the course so that you can enter your own data as the lesson progresses. Or you can just watch.

Learning outcomes

You'll get a clear understanding of what the new marksheets are capable of delivering for your school.

How long will it take?

Not long. This is a short course that takes about 20 minutes.

But YouTube is filtered in my school. Will it be blocked?

Give it a try. We're not using YouTube, so that should help. You can also download the MP4 video files to your local PC, tablet or phone and watch it wherever you are.

Did we mention, Free?

Don't forget that Capita SIMS have released these new marksheets to all schools free of charge. And this course of free, too.


Your Instructor


David Pott
David Pott

I'm an independent SIMS consultant working with primarily with SIMS Assessment Manager for nearly 10 years. I spend lots of time in different schools, talking about the best ways to use SIMS and creating effective assessment systems. I run a popular assessment manager blog full of tips and trick for data managers in schools. I also supply an off-the-shelf assessment system.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! It's a free course but please let us have your feedback by emailing [email protected]
Will it work on my phone or tablet?

The course is optimised to work on PCs, phones and tablets. You can always download the video files and view them offline.

I work in a busy office and haven't got any headphones!

Each video has subtitles so you can turn the sound down and still follow the content.

The new programme of study marksheets are Capita's new solution for assessing without levels. If your school already uses SIMS (and even if you use a third party product for assessment) you need to know about this new functionality. The marksheets are provided by Capita for free and this course is free. Once you finish you'll have the skills to test the new marksheets yourself. Enrol now.

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