SIMS Student – Website/App
Following the successful introduction of SIMS Parent, we are now using SIMS Student to further our communication with students as well as their families. SIMS Student is the student version of SIMS Parent, which will allow students to access the same information as their parents/carers. It includes the following:
- SIMS Options
- Conduct - achievements and behaviour
SIMS Student will also further strengthen our communication with students during remote learning; they will be able to view details of the tasks set in Google Classroom and details of Google Meets that they need to attend. In addition to being able to access the homework section in SIMS Student, students will also receive an email from the system regarding these tasks.
Launching SIMS Student
We were due to launch SIMS Student in school this January. SIMS Student is accessed electronically, so we are still able to go ahead with the launch; however, as students are now learning remotely, we have had to change the way in which this will be shared with them. For this reason we would appreciate the support of parents/carers to ensure that their child activates their account.
During the morning of Thursday 14 January, activation emails will be sent out to all students (years 7-11). These emails will be sent to students’ alf.education email addresses, the school email account that they are using to access remote learning currently. Prior to sending the activation emails, we will be emailing students with guidance on how to activate their account and we will also send links to access support videos.
Please can we ask that all students take the time to activate their SIMS Student account, following the guidance closely. This is especially important for students in years 8, 9 and 10 as they will need their SIMS Student account to select their option choices over the next few weeks.
Students who are in school through our critical worker and vulnerable provision can activate their account when they are in school if they wish to or they can do this when they are at home.
Students – Activating your SIMS Student Account
Once the emails are sent out to you, please take a few moments to activate your account. It is a process that shouldn’t take very long. Please note, the invitation to activate email is an automated email from firstname.lastname@example.org and these can sometimes go to the junk/spam email box instead of the inbox. In the email you will see a green ‘accept invitation’ button, please click on this button and then follow the steps below:
- Click on the Google (G) icon to sign in with Google
- Enter your alf.education email address (this is the one you use for RM unify and Google Classroom)
If you are already logged into your alf.education account on the device you are using then you can select your account from the list of accounts and this will skip step 3 below.
- This will take you to the RM unify log in screen, enter your email address and password
- Click Register
- Enter your date of birth (this is for verification purposes)
- Click Verify
This will then create your account and log you in for the first time.
Please note, students must use their school Google alf.education account to activate their SIMS Student account. Students must not use Twitter, Facebook or any other email account.
Please watch this video about activating your account:
ICT policy for students
We have updated the Aylsham Learning Federation ICT code of conduct policy for students/pupils/children to include SIMS Student. A copy of this policy can be found below.
When students activate their SIMS Student account we are assuming that they are consenting to the updated section in the policy regarding SIMS Student. We would normally ask students to re-sign their journal with a member of staff in school but we are currently not in a position for students to do this due to the school closure. If students have any questions or concerns regarding the policy, they can email email@example.com to discuss this further.
Accessing SIMS Student
Once students have activated their account, they can access SIMS Student via a website or an app. This means that your child will be able to access their own information via a smartphone, tablet or computer.
The SIMS Student app can be downloaded for free from either the Apple app store or the Google Play store on a smartphone or tablet. Please search for SIMS Student and then download the app onto your device. SIMS Student supports Android version 6 and above, and iOS version 11 and above.
Please note, parental controls on a student's device could interfere or block normal operation of SIMS Student.
SIMS Student videos
We have made a series of videos available on Google Drive to students, and on the school’s YouTube channel for parents/carers. These cover each aspect of the system in order to support students with accessing the information being shared with them and to offer guidance on how to activate their account. There is one full video which explains all of the areas of SIMS Student and then smaller videos which explain each area individually.
Students can access the Google Drive folder under Shared Drives, Student Resources, SIMS Student
Families and students are also able to access the videos on the school’s YouTube channel
How students can get help with SIMS Student
If students require help with SIMS Student they can email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
We would ask that students email for support directly please, rather than their parent/carer contacting the school on their behalf.
Mrs Cooke, our data manager, will be able to support the students who require assistance with their account. Mrs Cooke will work through the emails that we receive in order to support the students, but please be aware that if we receive a large volume of emails, we will need to prioritise supporting students in years 8-10 as these students require use of their accounts from Wednesday 20 January in order to choose their options by February half term.