Updates completed and Fileset 901

95% of schools have now had their SIMS, FMS and Discover upgraded to the latest version and the rest will be completed over the next few days.

Capita have released the first version of the Fileset required for the summer census.  This Fileset has been applied to all upgraded schools and will be put on the others when they are upgraded.

Fileset 901 contains the following changes:-


School Census Summer 2018 (England) 

The DfE has indicated the following changes to their validation compared to their Beta release.

Rule 1867: Year corrected from 2016 to 2017

Rule 1868: Year corrected from 2016 to 2017

Rule 3080: Error message updated

Rule 3085: Error message updated

Rule 3090: Error message updated

Rule 1852: Now copes with the Funded Hours element being completely missing

Rule 1601: Updated

The DfE has indicated the following changes to their summary report compared to the Beta release.

Table 14: Minor amendments

Table 15: Minor amendments


Spring Release


Capita has now made the Spring release of SIMS and FMS available and we haven’t heard anything negative so far.

While there is very little in the FMS release, the SIMS update is required to complete the Summer 2018 Census (19th May 2018) and delivers improvements including:

  • End of Key Stage Processing
  • Registration Certificate now displays details of the highest priority contact
  • Enrolment Status cannot now be changed from the Pupil Details screen
  • Improvements in Staff Performance
  • Improved support for GDPR requirements

further information is available in the documents available below:

The latest release has been made available to the Secondary schools and all other schools have been scheduled for updating week beginning 16th April.  An email has been sent out to all schools with a release schedule.  Every effort will be made to follow the schedule but should a school not be upgraded at their scheduled time, they will be upgraded as soon as possible during the same week.