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    Staff Cover

    The lady in charge of the staff cover (Absences) here has asked me if they was any particular software available to make her life easier.

    We currently use SIMS.net so ideally it would integrate well with that. I have had a quick look round the SIMS website and it briefly mentions NOVA-T4 for cover but not much more information. Does anybody know if they is a cover module for SIMS or if they is any other software available that other schools use.

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    Re: Staff Cover

    The Module Cover in SIMS is NovaT.. SIM'S Timetable Package...

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    Re: Staff Cover

    There is a cover management module to be released as part of SIMS .net sometime next year - but no release date has been given yet.

    It will be outside of the timetabling modules and full intergrated into .net

    From the demo's I've seen it look very good.

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    Re: Staff Cover

    I whipped up a rough and ready cover system in ASP to allow staff to check over the Intranet. Was one of my first so has an even rougher and readier Access DB serving it. But it works and only runs into problems when the lady that does it leaves an entry open half edited!

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    Re: Staff Cover

    Don't suppose you use PARS for registering? That has cover planning built in.

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    Re: Staff Cover

    I can agree with Steve - the Cover part of SIMS .net, is going to be very good indeed. The demos, although impressive, only show part of what is going to be a very successful part of our software.

    It will be time-based - and will seemlessly link with the rest of SIMS (including timetable - NOVA-T and Personnel - the HR module). Clever use of colour will enable teachers, once logged onto SIMS, to see easily their lessons of the day - as well as their cover lessons.

    Of course, SIMS already has a Cover module - which is part of NOVA-T4 and is used by most Secondary schools.

    The release date for the new Cover will be announced early in 2007.

    Regards,

    Toby Belfield
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    Re: Staff Cover

    Sounds good Toby - will look forward to that. Will it be announced at BETT?

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    Re: Staff Cover

    @andy

    Unfortunatly no we don't use PARS for our attendance.

    @Toby.Belfield

    Thanks for the info Toby, I'll look forward to getting a glimpse of it when it is released. As Mark has said I'd be interested in seeing it in action at BETT if it is on show. I've had a quick look on the www.capitaes.co.uk website and haven't found any screen shots or info on the new cover software - is this available anywhere?

    Thanks

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    Re: Staff Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey
    I whipped up a rough and ready cover system in ASP to allow staff to check over the Intranet. Was one of my first so has an even rougher and readier Access DB serving it. But it works and only runs into problems when the lady that does it leaves an entry open half edited!
    Would there be any chance of getting hold of a copy of this to have a look at? I have been asked to look at making this electronic.

    :0)

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    Re: Staff Cover

    We use Nova-T4 to arrange our cover at the moment here, it works realy nice as we still sync into 4 from SQL (which is from 6) to print off class lists.

    You can publish it as HTML with a nice button, and if you set it up in preferences you can do it to a local intranet or webserver.

    i have attached the page.

    I sure hope Cover .net includes this as we send a copy to our school website for teachers to check who is covering them from home.
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    Re: Staff Cover

    PARS des have a cover section which allows teachers to see what classes they are covering via their timetable on the homepage; if you cant see this option it means you dont have permissions and they will need updating.

    If you dont have PARS then NOVA-T (SIMS) cover planning is very good and there is no point in buying an extra software package just for this.

    Jenny Urey
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    Re: Staff Cover

    Quote Originally Posted by BKGarry
    We use Nova-T4 to arrange our cover at the moment here, it works realy nice as we still sync into 4 from SQL (which is from 6) to print off class lists.

    You can publish it as HTML with a nice button, and if you set it up in preferences you can do it to a local intranet or webserver.

    i have attached the page.

    I sure hope Cover .net includes this as we send a copy to our school website for teachers to check who is covering them from home.
    We do something similar in that we export the cover and use a php page to parse it and send a message via the intranet to the people who have the cover telling them who they're covering for, when and in what room. It work really well.

    It reports back to the cover admin that they've seen it (once it's been read) and those who consistently fail to read it get bollocked.

    Cover in .net sounds nice though and I'm looking forward to seeing it in action.

    HBJB

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    Re: Staff Cover

    It would really good to see Cover .net with some sample screenshots from Capita?!!

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    Re: Staff Cover

    I agree - has it come out yet?

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    Re: Staff Cover

    Field trials are due to start after xmas.

    First main release scheduled for May 2008 release of SIMS

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