The pre-release notes have been out on SupportNet for some time, resource ID #20559
Planned release date is Friday 22nd March.
There are some very dandy features coming as per the news item, notably support for Windows 8 + Windows 2012 and the fab new homepage:
For those of you who weren't able to make it to the BETT show, here are some sneak previews and info based on my notes. Apologies if there are any inaccuracies, i was typing madly into my iPhone whilst being awestruck at all the changes.The SIMS 2013 Spring Release contains enhancements to Assessment, Discover, Fees, FMS, Homepage, InTouch, Multiple Timetables, Personnel, Registration & Admissions, Reporting, SIMS Learning Gateway, SOLUS 3.5 , Technical and Timetable Printing.
This release contains updates to Statutory Returns for School Census Summer 2013 (England), Attendance Collection 2013 (Wales), AMPARK (England), Levels of Progression (Northern Ireland), and NDC (Wales).
The FMS release contains the statutory Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) changes for 2012/2013 with the inclusion of a new CFR Heading for I18 Additional Grant for schools. New reports have been included to assist school’s in predicting future bank balances together with the ability to calculate and post depreciation on a periodic basis.
This release sees the commencement of support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. SQL2012 is supported for SIMS and FMS releases only. Discover, SLG and SOLUS3 will be supported on SQL2012 from the Sims 2013 Summer release. A Migration utility will be provided alongside the SIMS 2013 Summer release to assist with the migrations.
EDIT: Thanks also to Geoff Perry for taking the time to show me the new look and putting up with my constant interruptions.
Firstly, the timeline, is now a full timetable, with various views available, a la Outlook. The best thing though is the ability to alter the working week and times, so finally us Middle Eastern schools can see things how we need to. (The underlying structure hasn't changed, but this is a big first step and very welcome ) @NorthernSands
The whole thing is sleek and streamlined, plus it scales to match your screen size. Widgets have extra time based options, and UDGs have been added to the groups. There is a month view and you can force refresh a panel. The configuration of each panel has been modified and is more uniform and easier to use.
Right clicking on the timetable, gives quick access to class lists and photos.
The pie charts have now been replaced with bar charts - yes somebody ate all the pies! We're not sure who, but the pie thief will be found
You can expand a year view to see the constituent reg groups for comparison. Reg Group view allows comparing of individuals. Plus you can tap out to the student view.
There are filters in teh assessment panel. Tabbed favourites widget, and i hadn't realised this, but you can favourite a student and have been able to for yonks! Just view the student, click on favourites at top right and it appears in your favourites widget, you just had to scroll down to see it
As well as the homepage improvements, the student teacher view has also seen similar changes. You can message class teacher and all staff. The timeline shows attendance codes and detentions. You can toggle attendance to see conduct. You can view interventions.
Best of all you can easily print the student teacher view.
Hopefully i haven't made too many errors, i'm sure @PhilNeal will scream at me if i have
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