Technical Guidance, Software, Educational Software


SIMS Spring 2019

The SIMS Spring 2019 upgrade will be released to all schools on the following dates:

SIMS will be released to all schools on Wednesday 27th March – machines will upgrade on Friday 29 March.

SIMS will be released to IT11 and IT12 schools Wednesday 27 March – technicians will need to schedule these upgrades themselves via SOLUS.

Machines will take some time to upgrade so please advise staff of this. Staff should turn their machines on and wait 10 minutes before trying to log into SIMS.

If users are getting incompatible database then they need to contact the service desk

Due to schools being busy with Year End, FMS will be released to all schools after the Easter Holidays. It will be released from Wednesday 24 April and machines will upgrade on Thursday 25 April


SIMS Spring 2019 v7.186 upgrade 

  • The current SIMS version is 7.184
  • The new version is 7.186

 Please see attached release notes for details

         For any upgrade issues please contact the Schools ICT Service Desk on 01273 482519 or email

Technical Guidance

SIMS Migration to SQL 2016 Managed Service

ESEN Highlight Monitoring System

Capita Technical Roadmap

Interoute Change Request Form

The Schools ICT Hardware catalogue is available on the Services 2 Schools website

Software Catalogue

Educational prices for software licensing

SEGfL (South East Grid for Learning)

South East Grid for Learning (SEGfL)  is a Regional Broadband Consortium (RBC) serving 13 member local authorities from across the South East. SEGfL is a not-for-profit organisation with just under 3,000 schools making us one of the largest RBCs in England.

SEGfL is an active member of NEN - The Education Network and all SEGfL schools are entitled to access and use the full suite of NEN resources from their school network. This is an ever-expanding collection of high quality teaching and learning resources that include 80,000 music tracks from Audio Network, a copyright free image gallery, as well as material from the BBC, British Library, Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Theatre (see our Learning section for all the resources).

Educational Software

2Simple has been making powerful and creative educational software for over 15 years, during which time we have won over 40 industry awards and become a trusted name in the industry. The company is based in the UK but 2Simple tools are used in classrooms all over the world.

The aim of our software is to create a space where children can learn while being creative, using the technology and tools they will have to use for the rest of their lives. We take difficult concepts and make them accessible to children of all abilities.

CASPA is a simple and intuitive tool for the analysis and evaluation of attainment and progress for pupils with Special Educational Needs who are working significantly below age-related expectations.  It supports your school’s self-evaluation and school improvement activities by providing intelligent and user-friendly interpretation of assessments and targets for individual pupils, for cohorts of pupils within your school and at whole-school level.  CASPA makes use of existing data wherever possible, including the historic data required to track progress over time, thus ensuring you derive maximum benefit from your data for minimum administrative effort.

CASPA Key Features

WidgitSupporting children who have reading or language difficulties

A reading or language difficulty can prevent children from accessing learning. It can make reading text in maths, science and other curriculum subjects challenging, and it can be hard for teachers to meet the needs of these children.

Widgit symbols support teaching and learning throughout the primary curriculum to ensure that children can access and understand texts within lessons.