CAYMAN ISLANDS TO TRANSFORM EDUCATION WITH SIMS FROM CAPITA Friday 16 May 2008 PDF Print The Cayman Islands Ministry of Education has signed a contract with Capita to supply all schools across the islands with the SIMS management information system (MIS). SIMS is the most popular pupil MIS in the United Kingdom and is used by over 22,000 schools in 30 countries around the world. SIMS helps schools run more effectively by managing key information on pupils’ achievement, attendance and behaviour. SIMS will be rolled out to the Cayman Islands’ 14 primary schools and 3 high schools which serve the population of 56,000 inhabitants. The implementation is part of an ongoing transformation of the Cayman Islands’ education service. By using SIMS in all schools, the Ministry of Education will be able to pool data across the islands to measure performance and identify where improvements are being made. Gareth Long, Strategic Development Advisor for Education, with the Cayman Islands Government, said: “The Ministry of Education wishes to create one system across the islands for viewing and reporting on pupils’ achievement attendance and behaviour. The information collected from SIMS will show trends in school performance at a glance and help raise standards in teaching and learning. SIMS will also take away much of the administration and clerical work from teachers and allow them to concentrate on their core task of teaching.” By accessing past assessment information on SIMS, a teacher can clearly see if a pupil is achieving below their usual or expected levels. They can then take action immediately to improve a pupil’s motivation or understanding on the subject. The Cayman Islands Government are implementing SIMS as part of an overhaul of the schools’ IT systems which will include wireless technology and state-of-the-art computers. The infrastructure will be amongst the best in the world, with 21st century online learning environments. All teachers will have wireless laptops through which they will have direct access to SIMS. Mrs. Shirley Wahler, Chief Education Officer, Department of Education Services, Cayman Islands said: “We are thrilled to see our educators and school-leaders really getting to grips with SIMS. It will give them the necessary platform to make informed decisions about important factors which affect students. SIMS gives us unprecedented access to the information and data we need to help students improve their performance, from tackling truancy or behaviour issues to creating personalised learning programmes. It will also save our teachers valuable administrative time, which can then be better spent on educating students. We think that parents will find that SIMS helps them support their child’s learning by enabling them to better track their child’s performance.” ENDS Ref: CAP355 Words 423 Capita contact: Susan Godding, SIMS Marketing Manager, Capita, Franklin Court, Priory Business Park, Cardington, Bedford, MK44 3JZ. Tel: 01234 838 080 Website: http://www.sims.co.uk Ministry of Education Cayman Islands contact: Gareth Long, Strategic Development Advisor, Department of Education Services, Email: email@example.com or Mrs. Shirley Wahler, Chief Education Officer, Department of Education Services, Cayman Islands. Press contact: Catherine Lane, Catherine Lane PR, Floor, 145-157 St John Street, London, EC1V 4PY. Tel: 07092 864 764. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Capita is the leading supplier of information systems to the education sector, providing a range of software and services to schools and local authorities to help raise standards and reduce administration. Capita’s SIMS is the most popular management information system for schools and is used every day by more than 22,000 educational establishments in the UK. www.sims.co.uk This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Catherine Lane PR in the following categories: Education & Human Resources, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.