Report writing - Sims Profiles or?? (something idiot proof )
Here's the scenario:
School with about 120 pupils run along the lines of a Primary School (i.e. each student has a class teacher but also sees specialist tutors for PE, Music and so on).
Current system is that the class teacher writes the main body of the student's annual report and gives it to overworked office staff. Specialist tutors do the same.
(They are unable/unwilling to add to the class teacher's report as this is 'admin' work and they say that their job description/working practices means they do not have to 'do' admin stuff [I have to try hard not to create a mini-rant here as if I only did what was in my job decription.....])
OK so office staff now have to cut and paste (yup - we're really advanced) the reports for 120 kids, print, review, reprint, photocopy times eight yadda yadda.
2010 we're going to have to this - 2011 I would like to have some sort of automated system in place where the teaching staff will directly edit the student's report. Looking around (OK mainly EduGeek) it looks like Sims Profiles may fit the bill. However we use Sims as a Primary School may do - no attendance or assessment data gets entered, no teachers are Sims users - it's entirely an Admin resource.
So - is it feasible to setup Sims Profiles to handle this or, as I am thinking, is it a sledgehammer to crack a nut (given that I can foresee lots and lots and lots of my time being 'wasted' in holding the hands of teachers) and should I look for some simpler method of doing this? Some sort of collaborative report writing package where I could just dump in a csv of students would ( I think) be ideal but I have no idea of where to start.
Current network boasts Windows Server 2000 and Office XP - staff IT know how would be about 3 on a scale of 10.