There were no PCs in those days.
(..and SIMS did not exist either!)
Did you cope well with the alternative curriculum all these new requirements, or did you turn a blind eye to these heathen ideas?
It was dead simple! A note was written and posted on the Staffroom Noticeboard! Job done! :)
Remember - all Registers were in the old 'Official' Register Books or, for classes, in a teachers notebook!
Happy Dayz ..........
I had a foolscap steel sheet and thin cut out magnetic strips on which I used to paste paper strips containing the blocks. I could then move them around using a pair of forceps! I had this duplicated for Staff and triplicated for Rooms! Doing it that way meant that I could photocopy (yes we did have 'em back then!) the changes at any time so that I could revert back very easily! Once complete I hand wrote the whole lot onto to three Timetables - Pupil, Staff, Rooms
Am I glad when Clive Stott arrived with his Nova Timetable (Pre-SIMS!)? :)
For us as an Independent school, I would say that the biggest benefit has come from targetted communication with the parent base.
We are able to direct communication (by email or sms) at individual pupils, sets, forms etc which we were not able to do on our previous MIS.
Also the parent portal is a huge benefit to keeping parents informed of detentions, reports etc. We no longer produce any paper reports, letters etc so this makes our administration less onerous, too.
@GNewnham id the SMS/Email built directly into your MIS or does it use a third party?
InTouch is built-in, but it's still an add-on (read 'paid for') module.
Sorry, didn't explain myself properly. I meant no syncing as in CTF exports and imports are needed.
You can use the SIMS API to read\write straight from SIMS, still you can't expand the SIMS db structure. You could make use of stuff like UDFs however.
Okay... so Schoolcomms will synch, if you tick the box, without intervention.
It will send SMS or email direct from a student's details within SIMS. The separate client is used to send to user defined groups or to create certificates.