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Teams & SharePoint

Bring people, conversations, files, and tools into a single online space, so everyone has instant access to everything they need. Work and share documents directly within Teams using the familiar office apps. Conversation threads mean everyone stays up to date even if they are out of the office for a few days.

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Store files securely yet still get to them from anywhere; home, school or on the move. Access on the web, or using desktop or mobile apps. Easily share files with colleagues, making collaboration a breeze.


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 Instant messaging, video conferencing, audio calls and screen sharing. See who's online at a glance with presence information. Cut down on travel costs for meetings, or invite guest speakers from around the world.


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& Calendars

 Access e-mail and calendars via web browser, desktop or mobile apps. Stay in touch wherever you are and across all devices. Share your calendar with colleagues, or allow someone to manage your calendar on your behalf. 


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 Organise everything in one place; typed notes, handwritten notes, pictures, videos, files, audio recordings. Add extra notebooks, sections and pages to keep everything just as you like it. And don't worry about saving work - it happens automatically. Access on the web, or using desktop or mobile apps.

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& Compliance

 Are you worried about GDPR compliance? Would you like to let your staff use their mobile phones to access e-mail, but you are worried about data security? Then you'll just love the Security and Compliance features that are built into Office 365.

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There is a whole bunch of apps and tools available within Office 365 which can be used both to help with learning, and to just generally create more engaging and accessible content that you can then easily share with others.

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The latest articles relating to the use and support of SIMS in North Yorkshire schools will appear below. Use the links on the left hand side Support Menu to browse for articles on particular aspects of SIMS, or search for an article using the Search Support link below.

As you may be aware the submission of Proficiency in English, Pupil Nationality and Country of Birth are no longer required for School Census purposes.

Consequently, DfE guidance is that schools must no longer request this information from parents, or retain the data within their system, for the purpose of transmitting to the DfE via the school census.

To add a new member of staff to your SIMS system then make them a SIMS user please click here

Admissions - Groups and ATF's

Please find below the instructions on how to create an Admission Group for your new applicants and how to import the ATF containing these applicants into your SIMS database.


Following is a comparison of various alternatives to ParentPay for on-line payment and communication (texting and email) systems out there, namely SIMS In Touch and Agora, and SchoolComms.  The links below give basic details and costs about these different solutions to on-line payments and texting/emailing for parents which aim to make school life and parental life as straightforward as possible.  We have also included the SIMS Dinner Money system for completeness.

The information given is just functionality, costs, support and contact details.  It’s as accurate as possible but comparisons have been difficult to make as some products charge by numbers of pupils in school and some don’t.  Confirmation of prices will therefore be needed, plus there are discounts to be had if enough schools sign up.  A bit of a minefield I’m sure you’ll agree!

If you are interested in going forward with any of these products we would be grateful if you could get back in touch with us in the first instance, so that we can then liaise properly with the product account managers to negotiate any possible discounts.  However, you are obviously perfectly free to contact the companies direct to ask any questions, confirm any misunderstandings, etc.

Links relating to different school sizes are available to open at the bottom of this article.

Please also be aware of the guidance from Internal Audit:

Although ParentPay is the County Council's preferred provider, there are other providers on the market which schools may be interested in using.

Schools that are considering implementing other systems are reminded that any procurement exercise must be carried out in accordance with the LMS Procedure Rules. Paragraph 4.9 of the LMS Financial Procedure Rules states that schools may operate an online income collection system but must only use a supplier whose system has been approved by the CD-SR. Such schools are strongly advised to contact Veritau Ltd for advice regarding their preferred system.

Guidance on the issues to consider when implementing an online income management system other than ParentPay can be found here:

pdfGuidance for using On line Payment systems                                                                                                               

Comparison Documents

pdfComparison of costs for schools with under 50 on roll

pdfComparison of costs for schools with 51-99 on roll

pdfComparison of costs for schools with 100-199 on roll

pdfComparison of costs for schools with 200-299 on roll

pdfComparison of costs for schools with 300-399 on roll

pdfComparison of costs for schools with 400-499 on roll

pdfComparison of costs for schools with over 500 on roll

SIMS Reports

Over the summer the MIS Team have been busy developing a selection of reports that schools have suggested might be useful. 

We have split the downloads into two packs, one for pupils and one for staff. We have also supplied some examples of how the reports look.

All files are supplied as zips so please download, extract or unzip and import into SIMS. 

If you would like assistance either downloading the reports or importing them into SIMS, please contact the helpdesk.