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A summary of all the courses available for 2017/18 and detailed information about each course is given below.
If you have any queries or suggestions regarding your training requirements, please contact us using the details on the left of this page.
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FPS Budget Planning
Training Course Details
This course is aimed at school staff who will be involved in the everyday functionality and management of the school accounting system. There is also a section of training which covers the interaction between the SIMS Finance System and Personnel module. Lunch is not provided on this course. Civic Centre has a restaurant available if required.
This course may also be suitable for Headteachers and Bursars. Please contact a member of the team if you would like more information.
This two day course covers:-
- Introduction to SIMS & FMS
- Corporate Coding Structure
- FMS Coding Structure
- Allocations and Fund Reserves
- Budgets and Virements
- Orders and Commitments
- Invoices/Credit notes
- Petty Cash
- Non Invoice Income
- Integration between FMS and Personnel
- The Reconciliation Process
- Reconciling unreconciled Items
- Post Reconciliation Monitoring
- Cash Advances
- Cash Book Journals
- Bank Reconciliations
- VAT Submittal Reports
- Standard FMS Reports
This is an additional course aimed at schools who wish to use SIMS FMS to raise Debtor Invoices. Lunch is not provided on this course. Civic Centre has a restaurant available if required.
This course is suitable for staff who will be involved in the everyday management of raising invoices on SIMS FMS and recording the receipt of income relating to SIMS FMS invoices. Please contact a member of the team if you would like more information.
This half day course covers:-
- The Accounts Receivable Module
- Defining the RemittanceAdvice Details
- Defining the Accounts Receivable Parameters
- The Accounts Receivable Books
- Defining Product and Service Specifications
- Invoice and Credit Note Processing
- Receipts Processing
- Processing Pay In Slips
- Processing Refunds
This is an additional course aimed at schools who wish to use SIMS FMS to record their School Asset Inventory. Lunch is not provided on this course. Civic Centre has a restaurant available if required.
This course is suitable for staff who will be involved in the everyday recording of orders and invoices relating to equipment/assets on SIMS FMS and/or have responsibility for preparing and maintaining an electronic Equipment Register/Asset Inventory. Please contact a member of the team if you would like more information.
This half day course covers:-
- Setting up Equipment Register
- Populating Equipment Register
- Rooms - Maintaining Equipment Register and Reports
- Staff - Maintaining Equipment Register and Reports
- Categories - Maintaining Equipment Register and Reports
- Inspections - Maintaining Equipment Register and Reports
- Disposals - Maintaining Equipment Register and Reports
- Insurance - Maintaining Equipment Register and Reports
- Stock take - Maintaining Equipment Register and Reports
- Other - Maintaining Equipment Register and Reports
- Producing an inventory for Audit Purposes
School Benchmarking Workshop
Question 12 of the School Financial Value Standard (SVFS) is a DfE return that requires schools to make a statement about the benchmarking exercises that they have completed that year. The SFVS is an annual return that is submitted to the DfE and submit the SFVS benchmarking return to the DfE at the end of every financial year.
Does your school benchmark its income and expenditure annually
against that of similar schools and investigate further where any
category appears to be out of line?
Benchmarking is a process for comparing income & expenditure in detail with that of similar schools to consider whether and how your school can use resources better and identify where changes can be made.
All maintained schools submit their income and expenditure data by the end of July each year using Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) framework. The CFR framework uses a standardised set of codes which are linked to all Ledger Codes within the Schools Financial Management System and enables schools to compare their income and expenditure with that of similar schools.
The School Finance Support Team is holding a workshop to assist schools with the benchmarking process on Wednesday 7th October at Keynsham Civic Centre
Using the DfE Benchmarking web site we can help you to:-
· navigate your way around the site by selecting ‘like’ for ‘like’ characteristics to enable you to make sound comparisons for your school
· help with interpreting the data
· questioning the reasons for the differences in particular categories
· discuss where changes can be made which can in turn help identify ways to secure better value for money for your school.
SIMS FMS Training
1 session held January 2016
2 delegates attended
Equipment Register Training
1 session held during June 2014
2 delegates attended
Accounts Receivable Training
1 sessions held during June 2012
1 delegate attended
HCSS / FPS Workshops
3 sessions held during January & February 2013
10 delegates attended
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