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22 January 2016: The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in the Bahamas is set to use Capita Children’s Services’ SIMS management information system in all of the country’s 173 primary and secondary schools, following the signing of a contract with EDU365, Capita’s exclusive partner in the region.

The software will be used to record and analyse pupils’ attendance and achievement information in order to facilitate data-driven decision making, provide the data required to improve student performance and support several critical initiatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

The project will also see the Ministry using Capita’s One management information system to automatically bring in data from schools to the central education team, so that trends in the performance of year groups, schools or regions can be monitored and policies put in place to help address any emerging issues.

The announcement comes as part of the Bahamas Government’s ongoing commitment to improving the education system of the country, which it is believed will ultimately have an impact on the prosperity of its citizens. It is part of a wider agreement that will see EDU365 transforming the IT provision for schools in the region.

The Hon. Jerome K Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, science and technology in the Bahamas, said: “A stronger, more prosperous Bahamas is a more educated Bahamas. We have seen improved academic results in the last two years, but we still have a long way to go and the use of information and data will help that process; minimising the number of children who fall through the cracks and ensuring we hold ourselves, our parents and our educators to account to ensure we are doing our utmost to improve education.”

SIMS is already used by more than 22,000 schools worldwide to help track the behaviour, academic performance and attendance of pupils. It can be used to identify children who may be falling behind with their learning or are failing to attend school on a regular basis.

The One software is used by local government education departments to bring in data from many schools and analyse it to spot any trends in a region or on a ministry-wide basis. This information helps government departments have a real-time view of what is happening in schools, so they can allocate budgets and develop policy effectively.

Julie Booth, international director at Capita Children’s Services, said: “Information is the key to good decision making. Having a common, real-time view of what is happening in schools around the Bahamas will ensure that the educators and policy makers can focus energy and resources on regions, schools or issues with the greatest need.”

Key priorities for the Bahamian Government initially are improving student performance and addressing students who are not attending school regularly.

Both the SIMS and One systems will be hosted remotely, meaning no servers or software needs to be located in the schools. Each school simply logs on to the system via a computer with an internet connection.

EDU365 will be managing the project throughout, including hosting of the system and supporting both schools and the ministry in the use of SIMS and One.

Capita Children’s Services information systems are already being used in 45 countries around the world, including in the Cayman Islands which uses SIMS in all state schools.

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Ref: CAP1702

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About Capita Children’s Services:
Capita Children’s Services is the leading supplier of information systems to the education sector in the UK and has over 22,000 schools using its SIMS school management information system in 45 countries worldwide.
Website: www.capita-independent.co.uk/sims-international

About EDU365:
EDU365 specialises in the design and delivery of integrated technology solutions in the education sector and have offices in the Caribbean and Africa.
Website: www.edu365group.com

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