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    Does SIMS have a web portal?

    Can sims provide online reports (pdf or whaever) that parents can access to view their childs progress behaviuor etc? Is it user friendly?

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    Sims have something called sims learning gateway SIMS Learning Gateway for Secondary Schools | capita-sims.co.uk

    This allows parents to login and see details on there child

    We are in the process of installing and setting it up at the moment

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    does it actually put it in a friendly manner, we used it a while back and the opinion at the time was that the tables of data you could display just were not friendly to look at.
    The reports you can create in SIMS for child reports looked much better, or even being able to access a published PDF through slg would be better than the nasty tables it showed (it has been some time since we used it)

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    Have a look at TASC Insight, much cheaper than SLG and in my opinion and that of our parents it's much better.

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    You can publish the report in SLG as a PDF and it will look how it does if you were printing them.

    Depending on the person or how complicated you make it, people will either feel that its easy to browse and use the site and others wont. It uses sharepoint so it has a fairly straight forward layout but depending on what you add and how it can be a little bit difficult to navigate. Weve rolled out to around 700 parents and most have completed a survey about use of site, navigation and possible improvements etc and only a handful said they found it difficult to navigate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmdc199 View Post
    Can sims provide online reports (pdf or whaever) that parents can access to view their childs progress behaviuor etc? Is it user friendly?
    Yes they do its called SLG. But don't bother with it, its horribly un user friendly.

    Try TASC insight. Its excellent for online parent reporting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max_Power View Post
    You can publish the report in SLG as a PDF and it will look how it does if you were printing them.

    Depending on the person or how complicated you make it, people will either feel that its easy to browse and use the site and others wont. It uses sharepoint so it has a fairly straight forward layout but depending on what you add and how it can be a little bit difficult to navigate. Weve rolled out to around 700 parents and most have completed a survey about use of site, navigation and possible improvements etc and only a handful said they found it difficult to navigate.
    i couldnt see how to get SLG to display exported PDF's (does it do it on the fly or only if the report is run in the school and then published)

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    I echo the TASC Insight comments.

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    Yes but i wouldn't use it! As mentioned above others are a lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHimmer45 View Post
    i couldnt see how to get SLG to display exported PDF's (does it do it on the fly or only if the report is run in the school and then published)
    In SIMS.net we do routines > SLG> publish documents - you then get a menu of what you want to publish, be it reports or grading letters etc. Select the users you want to publish a report for, give the document a title and academic year its relevant to, and then select the format which can be a pdf or word document.

    Thats more or less it and the report becomes visible under my children dashboard. Parent logs in and see report.

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    Don't see what the problem is with the SLG. We have it rolled out to over a thousand pupils. All online reports and data collection is done online saving
    a lot of money with regards to using paper and admin time. Navigation through SharePoint is dependent on how you set it up that is why we host
    the system ourselves. Once bought, it costs very little in annual maintenance fees to run. We surveyed our parents and were complimented on the
    system. Suppose you cannot please everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfatec View Post
    Don't see what the problem is with the SLG. We have it rolled out to over a thousand pupils. All online reports and data collection is done online saving
    a lot of money with regards to using paper and admin time. Navigation through SharePoint is dependent on how you set it up that is why we host
    the system ourselves. Once bought, it costs very little in annual maintenance fees to run. We surveyed our parents and were complimented on the
    system. Suppose you cannot please everybody.
    My Main points against it was
    1. Our initial setup was terrible as done via lea centrally hosted. Looked awful and wasn't used.
    2. When we were moving away capita wanted 13k for setup and then about £1800 a year
    3. its built on Sharepoint which is terrible anyway
    4. more cost effective solutions are available.

    I could go on

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    Yeh, once you use TASC insight you realize just how poor SLG really is.

    Just as an example there is no need to publish reports to tasc insight, they automatically appear.

    Tasc insight also costs around 1k just for comparison and is a far better system all round

    Just for the record we have used SLG and Insight in our school.

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    +1 for TASC insight. The support from TASC is amazing too.

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    @glennda - I'd be grateful for more detail on the "£13K for set up" as I don't understand where that figure comes from.

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