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SIMS for Beginners

A first course for anyone new to SIMS. Learn essential skills for your career in primary or secondary schools.

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Who Should Take This Course?

This course is designed for anyone who needs to use SIMS for their job in a primary or secondary school. It has been designed for office administrators, school clerks, bursars, school business managers and school data managers, but can also be useful for teachers and senior leaders who want to understand the basics of SIMS.

SIMS for your career

This course has been designed for people who want to gain a good understanding of SIMS before applying for jobs in schools. It will also be useful if you currently work in a school and have just started a role that involves SIMS.

If you want to work in a school it can be a Catch-22 situation: to work in a school office you need to know SIMS, but to know SIMS you need to work in a school office.

This courses uses lots of screenshots and videos so you can see SIMS in a realistic environment to give you vital knowledge of SIMS that you can take with you into your job interview. It's the next best thing to having your own copy of SIMS.

Certificate of completion

Once you have completed this course you can claim a certificate of completion to confirm that you have viewed each module.

What Will You Learn?

Students who take this course will get a practical understanding of how SIMS is used in schools across more than 2.5 hours of video and 35+ lectures. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Find your way around SIMS
  • Find pupil records
  • Update pupil records
  • Add new pupils
  • Access emergency contact details fast
  • Help class teachers complete their registers
  • Maintain pupil attendance records
  • Produce detailed class lists
  • Record dinner money payments
  • Print registration lists
  • Print class lists
  • Enter key stage 1 results
  • Configure the SIMS homepage
  • Update the school diary
  • Add documents to the SIMS bulletin board
  • Calculate attendance percentages
  • Enter pupil meal choices

Includes job interview tips

The content of this course has been designed to help you get the job you want in a school of your choosing. The final lecture takes the form of job interview tips and techniques specifically designed for school administration job interviews.

Payment methods

You can pay by credit/debit card and get immediate access to the full course. Alternatively, I can send you an invoice. If you want to pay by invoice please email david@davidpott.com with the name and email address of the person who wants to take the course, and the name and email address of your finance officer. I'll send the invoice to your finance officer and set you up, usually within 24 hours.

Payment by Installments

You can spread the cost of the course by choosing to pay by three monthly installments. See below for details.

Money Back Guarantee

If you don't find the course useful, I have a thirty-day no-quibble money back guarantee. Contact me within 30 days and ask for a refund.


Class Curriculum



"I did a great ‘SIMS for beginners’ course. It was easy to set up and navigate and now I feel more confident in the use of SIMS... I think it’s been really good. I’ve used SIMS before briefly over 5 years ago so it’s been great to get my confidence back up on it when discussing it in interviews and saying I can use it."

- Rachael Moffat

"The lectures helped me a lot, as I have managed to understand the main key features. I feel more confident where it comes to SIMS and I am really pleased that I could enrol for this course online and at a very convenient price."

- Simona Bejinaru

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! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How long will the course take?
The course is designed to take between 1 and 2 days to complete. You can take the course at your own pace.
Can I pay by invoice?
Yes! Schools and businesses can pay by invoice. Get your finance officer to generate a purchase order and email it to david@davidpott.com . I'll need the name and email address of the person who will be taking the course, plus the name and email address of your finance officer.
Is VAT included in the price?
No, these prices do not include VAT which will be added at checkout.
Can I pay by installments?
Yes! You can spread the cost of the course over three monthly payments.
Do I have to pay VAT?
If you pay by card or PayPal, yes, VAT will be added to your bill at checkout. Many schools can reclaim this VAT. If you email david@davidpott.com I can send you an invoice without VAT.
Does this course include a copy of SIMS?
No. SIMS is only available to schools and it cannot be downloaded to your PC without a special (and expensive) license. However, I've designed this course to be the 'next best thing' to having your own copy of SIMS.

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