Staffordshire County Council has announced that it has chosen Capita’s SIMS and One management information systems to help deliver a more holistic vision for its children’s services over the next ten years.
SIMS is an integrated IT system that enables schools to collate and analyse pupil information, such as children’s achievement, behaviour and attendance data, and use it to ensure every child reaches their full potential. SIMS will now be the system that the council recommends for use in its 400 schools.
The One system enables authorities to gather and store education and children’s services data in one place, helping authorities to build a single view of a child’s circumstances.
Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills Liz Staples said: "We chose to implement both products because together they offer a holistic solution that will help us to improve the lives of children in Staffordshire. Having better access to more information on children will make it easier for those who work in children’s services and schools to make the right decisions on what support they need to provide to meet children’s needs supporting an overall objective of early intervention."
The contract was awarded to Capita following a rigorous two year tender process which included visits to existing Capita customers to see firsthand how SIMS and One were being used to drive improvement in schools and across local authorities.
Phil Neal, managing director of SIMS at Capita, said: "Staffordshire is a large authority with hundreds of schools, each with their own information management requirements. The SIMS and One systems will help ensure schools can use their data to improve the attainment of individual students and groups and that the wealth of information being gathered by other agencies working with children can be used to target resources where they will have the greatest impact on improving outcomes."
Pete Houselander, managing director of Capita One, added: “We are excited to be working with Staffordshire County Council and engage on a strategic footing to support the prevention and early intervention initiatives taking place across the county.”