16 Sep 2021
  Fileset 1901 has been released. Hosted schools Due to late changes by the Department for Education to the Common Basic Data Set for the School Census.  ESS have issued Workstation Patch…
15 Sep 2021
The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is a statutory assessment from September 2021 onwards. It provides a snapshot of where pupils are when they arrive at school. It will provide a starting point…
This FAQ lists the latest information regarding the School Census. It contains information on the latest filesets, patches and errors. The latest census documentation can be viewed at the bottom of this…
14 Sep 2021
Due to late changes by the Department for Education to the Common Basic Data Set for the School Census.  ESS have issued Workstation Patch 1 which will need to be applied to…
7 Jul 2021
In February, ESS SIMS was acquired by new independent owners and is therefore no longer part of Capita. As of the 21st May 2021 the legal name of the company formerly known…
30 Jun 2021
Go to Focus > School > School Diary. Find the correct date and right click on this field and select 'New Staff Training'. Enter 'Staff Training Day' as the category and ensure the…
22 Jun 2021
  When trying to download DCC Finance Forms - I am getting an error saying link has been removed. Who do I contact? Forms - Support for schools (devon.gov.uk) When selecting Finance…
26 May 2021
Routines > Staff > Delete Staff In most cases, it is not possible to delete the entire record of a staff member because of the complexity of links to other data within…
24 May 2021
Capita have changed the service URL for their SOLUS3 Platform: The old URL was http://s3dl.capitasolus.co.uk The new URL is http://s3dl.ess-solus.co.uk What is the impact for users of SOLUS3? The downloading of patches and updates…
How to view pupil UPN's on an Assessment or Exams Marksheet The DfE states "UPNs are not [to be] printed or written on any reports or similar documents • UPNs are not…
19 May 2021
  Local Authorities receiving attendance data via B2B have reported that since the introduction of the Covid-19 absence subcodes, information being transferred is not as accurate as required. Patch 26491 has been…
6 May 2021
It is possible to connect to the Scomis Hosted Application Service ie hosted SIMS using Apple IOS Android devices and Android devices from home or in school using the Microsoft Remote Desktop…
5 May 2021
Fileset 1802 has been released. Hosted schools The fileset has been applied to all hosted schools. Non-hosted Schools will need to download and import the file. Fileset 1802 Click on the above…
21 Apr 2021
This FAQ lists the latest information regarding the End of Year procedures within SIMS. It contains all guidance notes required to carry out the procedure and links to useful FAQ's. You must…
14 Apr 2021
Key Dates: Summer 2021 SIMS and FMS Upgrade provisional release date: 16th July 2021 Download days (9th & 11th August): The Scomis Service Desk will be open from 07:00 to 17:00 Results…
Capita have now issued a PDF file with the latest National Insurance Rates for 2021/22. There is now a Capita patch available, number 26277, which will insert the National Insurance table 2021-22…
31 Mar 2021
An error message saying "Reason 0" may sometimes appear when trying to log into the local version of SIMS. You will first need to try using this Diagnostic tool as shown in…
30 Mar 2021
The subcodes can be used for more granular reporting on I and X codes. Once you have entered your I or X code into the register you can right click on the…
22 Mar 2021
When we release SIM's latest update onto our Hosted platform the SIMS Auto Update tool, included with the External Connector, will automatically update the instance of SIMS included with the connector to…
17 Mar 2021
The following FAQ will go through the process of how to generate a Submission File. Select the Submissions button on the Application Bar or select Focus | Submissions to open the Submission browser. The Submission browser displays a list…
When a staff member is running a report in Excel they will occasionally get the following message when closing the print preview screen - This is being caused by a previous document…