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  • Capita SIMS announces a major refresh

    Capita SIMS announces a major refresh Have you heard about the next generation of SIMS? Capita have completely redesigned it’s SIMS system from the ground up. The changes start with the release of a redeveloped version of SIMS for primary schools in Spring 2018. The post Capita SIMS announces a major refresh appeared first on School Business Services.

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Generated 3 weeks ago

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  • Academy Budget Forecast Return – One Becomes Two

    Academy Budget Forecast Return - One becomes two The latest ‘Dear Accounting Officer’ letter from the EFA sets out their plans to replace the Academy Budget Forecast Return, due in July, with two returns. Be prepared for the new return, due in May, with an updated Academic Year Planner which lists key events and deadlines for academies in the coming year. The post Academy Budget Forecast Return –...

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • SIMS End of Key Stage

    The 2016/2017 key stage tests phase commences soon with the Key Stage 2 tests taking place in the week beginning Monday 8th May. As you will know, key stage tests come at a very busy time for schools with both the test administration and preparation of SIMS for data entry and submission. Here you will find […] The post SIMS End of Key Stage appeared first on School Business Services.

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  • Effect of the new Budget on schools

    Effect of the new Budget on schools A week after the Budget we look at reactions to the announcements affecting the education sector. Budget Shorts A number of education reforms were announced in the chancellor’s Budget speech, which are designed to help address the UK’s current skills shortage. Others have written about the various areas […] The post Effect of the new Budget on schools appeared f...

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  • A guide to gender pay gap reporting and what it means for your school

    More than 35 years after the United Kingdom’s Equal Pay Act was introduced, the Office for National Statistics released a report that found on average women earn around 19.2% less than men in the UK. In an attempt to tackle this issue, the UK Government has published the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) […] The post A guide to gender pay gap reporting and what it means for your schoo...

  • SIMS Spring Release 2017

    The next SIMS update is due for release on Friday 10th March 2017. If we usually run the upgrade for you, please contact our MIS Service Desk on 0345 222 1551 • Option 3 as soon as possible so that we can book in a date. Please ensure that you also agree this date with your […] The post SIMS Spring Release 2017 appeared first on School Business Services.

  • Much To Do In March

    After ‘Marching On’ – Hare’s another blog to ensure you are the best informed person in your school on finance and business matters. From The EFA The EFA have reminded academies, that after extending its deadline, all Academy Accounts Returns (AAR) should have been uploaded by 28 February. Those academies that have still to submit […] The post Much To Do In March appeared first on School Business ...

School Business Services Ltd

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Generated 1 month ago

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  • Updates to the Green Book Conditions of Service document

    The Green Book, which applies to all support staff working in schools, has been updated to reflect the changes introduced since the existing 2005 version was published. The updated Green Book Conditions of Service document now includes: All pay scales and allowances from 1997 to 2017 inclusive The revised maternity scheme, which was introduced in […] The post Updates to the Green Book Conditions o...

  • Marching On!

    In this week’s blog we remind you what is in the EFA Planner prior to Easter and look at some changes to business rates and pensions that will come into force shortly. From the EFA Planner Action: academies to determine admission arrangements Deadline: academies admission appeals timetable by 28 February Deadline: academies to submit full […] The post Marching On! appeared first on School Business...

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • Update – Schools receive phishing emails posing as headteachers

    Following on from our blog last month about schools receiving Vishing (‘Voice phishing’) phone calls from fraudsters posing as ‘Department of Education’ officials, please be aware that school staff are receiving phishing emails posing as headteachers that request payment transfers. What activity has been reported? a member of staff (such as the School Business Manager) […] The post Update – School...

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  • 2017/2018 National Insurance Rates for SIMS

    The new 2017/2018 National Insurance table rates will need to be added to SIMS Personnel. The following table displays the new rates: Band Upper Monthly Earnings Limit Lower Monthly Earnings Limit Rate 1 Rate 2 1  490.00 0.00 0.0000 0.0000 2 672.00 490.01 0.0000 0.0000 3  680.00 672.01 0.0000 0.0000 4 3337.00 680.01 13.8000 13.8000 […] The post 2017/2018 National Insurance Rates for SIMS appeared ...

  • The importance of school server room maintenance

    Server rooms are important areas of schools that require regular maintenance. School server room maintenance helps to retain ICT performance, conserve the condition of your equipment and minimise the impact of disasters. Server rooms house a wealth of electrical equipment which generates a significant amount of heat. As a result they can be the origin […] The post The importance of school server r...

  • How to Save £1 Billion

    The Department for Education has issued further support to schools and academies to increase the value for money delivered – giving support to save £1 billion a year. We would urge all schools and academies (both staff and governors) to take note of the support as they deal with the challenge of smaller budgets. School’s […] The post How to Save £1 Billion appeared first on School Business Service...

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • SIMS Exams – New Gradesets – patch 22729

    The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have released new Gradesets to match new Basedata. The following gradesets have been introduced: Gradesets 48 to 57, relating to variations of GCSEs Gradeset 58 (Applied General Units) and 59 (Applied General Awards) Patch 22729 ensures that basedata containing these new grades can be imported. Exams Organiser may reject any […] The post SIMS Exams – New ...

  • Statutory Analysis Reports for KS1 and KS2

    Capita have recently updated their KS1 and KS2 analysis tools to incorporate the revised measures for 2015/16. These can be downloaded from the links further down the page (refer to the steps shown on how to do this). These SIMS Assessment templates and the associated reports enable you to compare results for key pupil groups in your […] The post Statutory Analysis Reports for KS1 and KS2 appeared...

  • Top tips to keep children safe online

    To keep children safe online, it is important that schools acknowledge the key areas of action, promote engagement and awareness and involve the different responsible parties: eSafety learning - As an ongoing initiative or ideally, across the school curriculum, educate children about eSafety regularly so that it is fresh in their minds. Annual reminders aren’t […] The post Top tips to keep childre...

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Generated 2 months ago

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  • January Update

    As academies struggled to submit their AAR by the January deadline here is some news you may have missed. Academy Accounts Return As extensively reported, Peter Lauener has written to all academies postponing the deadline for the Academies Accounts Return (AAR) until Tuesday 28th February. If academies continue to have issues they should first consult […] The post January Update appeared first on ...

  • SBS Online 2017/18 National Insurance Calculations

    The new 2017/18 National Insurance table is now available to apply to your budgets. From April 2017, the employer’s contribution rate of 13.8% will remain the same, but the thresholds have increased slightly. You are therefore strongly advised to apply the 2017/18 NI table in all of your unfixed budgets to ensure your staff costs […] The post SBS Online 2017/18 National Insurance Calculations appe...

  • Progress 8 and Attainment 8

    Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are hot topics right now. Last Thursday, when most schools and academies were running their Census, the DfE published the national performance tables for Key Stages 4 and 5 and for the first time, these measures were published as Attainment 8 and Progress 8 (each on a scale of 1 […] The post Progress 8 and Attainment 8 appeared first on School Business Services.

  • Top tips after academy conversion

    Your Guide Post-Academisation Converting to an academy gives schools a new level of financial management freedom, but also additional responsibilities and workload to meet the requirements of Financial Sustainability, Management and Governance (FSMG). The guide below offers top tips on how to meet the new obligations, and ideas on how individual academies and trusts can […] The post Top tips after...

  • Spring Census 2017 – COLLECT issue resolved

    Further to our blog post yesterday afternoon we can confirm that the DfE have fixed the issue affecting Census file uploads to COLLECT. Please contact us if you require any assistance with your Spring Census or any other SIMS issues, on 0345 222 1551 • Option 3 or email the SIMS Service Desk. The post Spring Census 2017 – COLLECT issue resolved appeared first on School Business Services.

  • Spring Census 2017 – Issues with COLLECT upload

    This post is for all schools and academies who upload their Census files straight to COLLECT. We have been made aware of an issue whereby some authorised files are not uploading and COLLECT is generating the following error: This problem is being encountered by all types of schools and academies nationally. We are currently waiting […] The post Spring Census 2017 – Issues with COLLECT upload appea...

  • CES (Catholic Education Service) Census 2017

    The CES Census 2017 is this Thursday (19th January) – the same date as the Spring Census for the DfE. The Catholic Education Service has many resources to support schools with this return including a Quick Start guide for SIMS and comprehensive preparation and completion guidance. You will also find the dates for submission based on the diocese that your […] The post CES (Catholic Education Servic...

  • Academies Accounts Return

    Academies having submitted their Annual Report and Accounts to the EFA by the 31 December 2016, will be aware that they must now submit their Academies Accounts Return by 31 January 2017. The EFA has introduced a new process for submitting the annual return (click here for further information). However, the EFA is aware that […] The post Academies Accounts Return appeared first on School Business ...

  • New Update and Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year to all of our customers and best wishes for 2017! The latest SBS Online update contains improvements to Staff Contracts, National Insurance calculations, multi-school KPIs, the default budget process, notes on the Payroll Reconciliation and some minor bug fixes. Salary Adjustment in Staff Contracts Salary details on Staff Contracts now have a […] The post New Update and Happy New Ye...

  • Gender pay gap reporting webinar

    Gender pay gap reporting webinar We uncovered a useful webinar on gender pay gap reporting by XpertHR which might be of interest to a number of academies and independent schools. The aim of the webinar, which takes place on Wednesday 8 February at 2pm – 3pm, is to help you determine whether or not your organisation […] The post Gender pay gap reporting webinar appeared first on School Business Ser...

School Business Services Ltd

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Generated 7 months ago

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  • Autumn Census Update

    Many of you will now be well underway with your preparations for the Autumn Census, the date for which is next Thursday 6th October 2016. You will no doubt be aware of the significant data gathering and input exercise related to the new data items: Country of Birth; Pupil Nationality and Proficiency in English. The […] The post Autumn Census Update appeared first on School Business Services.

  • How to Budget for the Apprenticeship Levy

    The apprenticeship levy has been talked about for what seems like an eternity. It is now almost upon us and we have to budget for it accordingly. The levy comes into effect in April 2017 and will see a 0.5% charge on your annual pay bill.  You will only pay the levy if your pay […] The post How to Budget for the Apprenticeship Levy appeared first on School Business Services.

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

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  • Consultation Deadline – Early Years Funding

    A quick reminder for School Managers about the DfE consultation on early years funding. The Department for Education is seeking views on changes to how they fund free childcare and early education for 3 and 4 year olds including a new national funding formula. Proposals include: introducing a new early years national funding formula for 3 and […] The post Consultation Deadline – Early Years Fundin...

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Generated 7 months ago

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  • What Do You Think – New Grammar Schools?

    Theresa May’s government is seeking views on further changes to schools, which includes the creation of new grammar schools. Your views on the Green Paper are being sought. Click here to see details of the consultation process. Speaking in Parliament, Justine Greening said that the government wanted to build on the progress made over the […] The post What Do You Think – New Grammar Schools? appear...

  • SIMS Autumn Census information

    Autumn Census date is Thursday 6th October 2016 As always, it’s important to prepare to ensure that you meet the deadline. Our documentation will take you through the whole process step-by-step. Please download the documents applicable to your school phase. Preparing for the Autumn Census Primary, Special & Nursery Schools notes Download now! → Secondary Download now! […] The post SIMS Autumn Cens...

  • Calculations for Pupil Premium 2016-2017

    In order to assist you in understanding the pupil level, pupil premium information provided in CSV format by the DfE, we have provided you with a spreadsheet for download, along with a presentation for further guidance. There will be two CSV files made available for download on Key to Success: The first CSV file was made […] The post Calculations for Pupil Premium 2016-2017 appeared first on Schoo...

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