SIMS Attendance Marks
Having a bit of a funny one here.
Since i did the Autumn upgrade last week the students that have the lesson mark of 'D' for dual registration (at college) their attendance has gone from 100% to 0%. I have spoken to our LEA support and they say that D has been made an "attendance not required" lesson (KB115611). Which is fine. However upon me sending this to the assistant head that is in charge of attendance she spoke to the educational welfare officer and they said that the D mark should still be used and it is a problem with SIMS.
Can anyone try and help shed some light on this as i have 2 sides telling me two different stories and the head and assistant head want this sorted asap for the census on Thursday!
I'm not sure, but i think i read something about this, and the D is still the code to be used, just that the statistical meaning for it has changed.
Pupil registration - regulations and guidance - The Department for Education
It was in the SIMS release notes too. Really should have been properly communicated to all concerned by the DfE and filtered down to schools and attendance teams though.
Someone on supportnet pointed out that the attachment with the list of codes is still out of date!
Vikpaw is right. The statistical meaning of D has changed but it should still be used to record pupils attending the alternative site if they are dual registered. The change was made because the census was calculating the attendance of these pupils effectively twice, once for school 1 and again for school 2.
Right this has just cropped up again!!! Apparently the statistical meaning for D has changed again so it now means that they are not required to attend and should therefore show the attendance as 100% similar to a Y code. Our EWO has just told me this. Time to phone the LEA SIMS team!
The Attendance for the D Codes does not count for anything as it is not included in the Statistics against the school.
See SupportNet: KB115611 - Percentage for a student has lowered since the D code change
If you want to include the Absence/Attendance Code in the stats then use Code B! That is the advice we were given when the change was made!
The meaning you're quoting hasn't changed from first post to this one. Are these students never at your school and therefore always a college? That might explain why they went from 100% to 0%. I can't see that they need to go back to 100% if their attendance is not required. It would only go up, if they spend some time at your school and those will be the marks that go towards their attendance percentage.
Originally Posted by DSapseid
Unless the meaning has changed to something else altogether different. I don't see anything on the Dfe site, but i'm not really required to meet those reg's so don't really keep up with the changes. Are you sure the EWO knows what to expect?