This page provides essential information for teachers concerning the roll forward of Wizkid each year.
Wizkid takes data from SIMS to create classes and user accounts. It is essential that teachers and SIMS administrators understand the implications of making changes in either platform to avoid major roll forward issues.
On 31 August each year, SIMS rolls forward data for all schools to the new academic year. School administrators need to update all their data in SIMS to prepare for the new school year. Then Wizkid needs to update its data to reflect changes to the school, teacher, pupil and class structures.
However, pupils are not allocated into their new registration classes in SIMS until they first register, which can be two weeks or more into the new term. Until this occurs, any roll forward of Wizkid is rather a pointless exercise and leads to almost every school requiring further updates in the same term.
The 2012 roll forward will take place in the last week of September.
Important information on the roll forward plan can be found under the roll forward 2012 tab on this page. This does have implications for schools wanting to run INSET days focused on Wizkid before students return to school. Please ring the IT Help Desk for the latest advice.
This autumn we will be rolling forward Wizkid schools to the new academic year.
We would like to stress how IMPORTANT it is that schools adhere to and follow the roll forward guidance and procedures as set out in the documents below. Schools must confirm they are ready to roll forward by emailing email@example.com
The email must confirm the following:
To make sure that schools are prepared for Wizkid to roll forward, we will issue a series of communications and ask schools to complete a series of tasks. These are detailed below.
SIMS end of year guidance issued
Wizkid roll forward guidance published
Schools must have completed the actions in the SIMS end of year guidance notes
31 August - 2 September
SIMS rolls forward to the new academic year 2012-13
Schools start to intake new pupils onto roll in SIMS
FINAL DEADLINE for schools to confirm by email that teachers and admin staff have completed their Wizkid roll forward guidance routine
Wizkid closed down to roll forward schools at 00:01
Wizkid go live at 08:00 following roll forward
We've produced separate guidance for primary schools and secondary schools.
It's essential that the Wizkid roll forward procedures for teachers are completed by 23 July 2012.
As we are dependent upon a third party to develop the software, we make every effort to collect suggestions for changes from schools feedback these suggestions to the Studywiz developers.
There is also a folder of activities called 'Have your say …' specifically for collecting your ideas in the Wizkid Information global group and we sometimes arrange polls using the Wizkid 'Vote' activity before we make changes to settings within Wizkid that affect more than just one school.
If you have any suggestions for improvements either feed them back via the 'Have Your Say ...' folder detailed above or contact the IT Help Desk.
For urgent issues, call the IT Help Desk on 01962 847007. For anything else, see our contact page.