SIMS FOR BEGINNERS

Want to know more about SIMS? 

SIMS training is designed to help schools harness the power of their data to help improve teaching and learning. With over 19,000 schools using SIMS, an understanding of SIMS might be advantageous for those who are actively seeking employment or new starters within education.


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How can we help you?

As a ‘beginner to SIMS', we can provide you with an entry-level understanding of how SIMS is used within schools to complete various daily tasks. Please note however, this training cannot guarantee employment within a school.

All courses are flexible, bite sized and delivered remotely with role-focused content enabling you to receive just the training you need, when you need it. Courses may also be delivered on a 1 to 1 basis if required. Upon completion of a SIMS training course, you will receive a training manual for your reference.

To help get you started we thought you might be interested in the following courses:


The Pupil Record

This half day remote course takes a new user through the main procedures for maintaining accurate and useful data within the school’s MIS. Find out more.

SIMS Set Up and Customisation 

This half day remote course will help familiarise new SIMS Administrative users with customising the key elements of the SIMS Core module to suit the school needs. Find out more.

SIMS Familiarisation

This half day remote course is designed to familiarise new SIMS Administrative users with the fundamentals of SIMS Screens, Navigation, Menus and locating key pupil information as part of their role. Find out more.

Financial Management System (FMS) courses 

These one-day FMS remote courses are ideal for delegates interested in working in a financial capacity within a school. Find out more about FMS Daily Tasks or FMS Financial Management.

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Main Features

  • Full access to SIMS & FMS complete with training data from any internet connected PC or laptop, replicating the same system you are familiar with.
  • All upgrades managed and maintained by the VTE team.
  • All virtual machines are completely independent so there is no need to reset data sets.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 and PowerBI included.

How can we help you?

As a ‘beginner to SIMS', we can provide you with an entry-level understanding of how SIMS is used within schools to complete various daily tasks. Please note however, this training cannot guarantee employment within a school.

Upon completion of a SIMS training course, you will receive a training manual for your reference. To help get you started we thought you might be interested in the following courses:


The Pupil Record

This half day remote course takes a new user through the main procedures for maintaining accurate and useful data within the school’s MIS. Find out more.

SIMS Set Up and Customisation 

This half day remote course will help familiarise new SIMS Administrative users with customising the key elements of the SIMS Core module to suit the school needs. Find out more.

SIMS Familiarisation

This half day remote course is designed to familiarise new SIMS Administrative users with the fundamentals of SIMS Screens, Navigation, Menus and locating key pupil information as part of their role. Find out more.

Financial Management System (FMS) courses 

These one-day FMS remote courses are ideal for delegates interested in working in a financial capacity within a school. Find out more about FMS Daily Tasks or FMS Financial Management.

What are the prerequisites?

  • Internet connectivity of at least 3.5 Mbps
  • Google Chrome 11+, Apple Safari 6+, Firefox 6+ or Microsoft IE 10 or higher

Can I access the service when my internet connection is down?

The SIMS VTE service is only accessible via the internet.

Contact us:

0800 170 1724 or email [email protected] for further information

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