Bringing joint expertise together at Bett 2013

Monday 7 January 2013

Bringing joint expertise together at Bett 2013

Capita SIMS and Capita IT Services are bringing their joint expertise together at Bett 2013.

Capita IT Services and Capita SIMS are bringing their joint expertise together at Bett 2013 on stand B250 to show schools how technology can help raise standards in leadership, day-to-day school management, teaching and learning.

Whether schools are at Bett to understand how to improve pupil attainment, how to use technology to create inspirational lessons or simply to find affordable ways to use emerging technologies, experts will be on hand to demonstrate how it can be done.

 “The combination of these two Capita education teams together at Bett will ensure that visitors can come along to the stand with virtually any question related to their school’s systems and they will find an expert with the knowledge to help them,” said Phil Neal, managing director of Capita SIMS.

 “We will be able to show school leaders at Bett how they can improve decision making and raise attainment. Teachers that visit the stand can find out how to enhance assessment, tackle behaviour issues and engage pupils. We also have something for school IT managers and bursars, who can discover how they can make their finite resources go further,” he continued.
Steve Smith, director of learning at Capita IT Services, added: “If schools are concerned that their IT budget will not stretch to the extent of their aspirations for their school, we can look at their existing infrastructure and see what can be reused to make their funds go further. Or if schools are looking to move into the cloud or implement a Bring Your Own Device infrastructure, we can talk them through the options and explain what has worked for other schools.”

SIMS Agora, a new online payment solution, will also be available for schools to view for the first time. The plug-in for school websites allows schools to provide a safe and secure way for parents, guardians and even extended family members to make payments and purchase school items online.

Other highlights on the joint stand include SIMS Discover. Shortlisted in the innovation category at the Bett Awards 2013, SIMS Discover brings data to life for teachers and school leaders. With an Apple iPad-type interface, teachers can simply select which data they wish to analyse – perhaps Year Nine’s behaviour – and drop the data into a colour graph, Venn diagram or pie chart. This helps them spot trends, such as recurring poor behaviour or a child that starts to slip below target, before they become major problems.

 “We will also show a range of affordable ‘out of the box’ solutions and technology bundles that will make it easy for schools to innovate – backed up by a range of options as to how they can procure them,” says Steve. “By bringing together the expertise and experience of SIMS and Capita IT Services, we can demonstrate how technology can help improve the experience for learners and expand the range of tools through which teachers can engage and support their pupils, parents and whole school community to help drive improvement.”

Capita SIMS provides the SIMS management information system (MIS) used by 22,000 schools. Capita IT Services, a finalist in the ICT Company of the Year (over £3 million turnover) category at the Bett Awards 2013, provides an unrivalled menu of ICT services. This includes a fully integrated cloud-based managed learning environment and connectivity/ISP services to the full range of in-school technologies, NAACE Marked training and consultancy as well as flexible procurement options.  

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