SIMS + Power BI Training for Schools in 1 day @ Bolton 23 March 2020

£250.00 £195.00

  • This course is now full. Please add your name to the waiting list below.
  • Learn how to use SIMS + Power BI together
  • Build powerful data visualizations direct from your SIMS database
  • No previous experience of Power BI required
  • Create amazing analyses of your pupil data in Power BI
  • Understand the key concepts of Power BI, including calculated columns, measures, filters and slicers
  • Location: Bolton Arena, just off the M61
  • Date: Monday 23rd March 2020
  • Special introductory price

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Power BI training for schools – course overview

Microsoft Power BI is an exciting way to create very deep and informative analysis of school data. This course will show you how to integrate Power BI with your school’s SIMS system and help you find new insights into your pupils. On this course you will learn how to extract data from SIMS and import it into Power BI. Once your data is in Power BI you’ll find out how to create interactive visualisations that help your staff find new insights into their pupils. Learn Power BI in a friendly, relaxed classroom environment – in one day.

Extra Bolton Dates

Due to the popularity of this course I will be repeating the course in April/May. You can add your name to the waiting list below.

Coronavirus guarantee

If Coronavirus strikes and your school is closed, or if the venue at Bolton Arena is closed, you will get a full refund or the option to re-book an alternative date.

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at data managers, business managers, SIMS coordinators and senior leaders in secondary or primary schools who have some experience of using SIMS but no experience of using Power BI. Over the course of the day we will show you how to create a deep analysis of your school data using the key features of Power BI

What you will learn from this course

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Extract data from your SIMS system using SIMS Reports
  • Import the data into Microsoft Power BI
  • Process and shape the data from SIMS into the best format for analysis in Power BI
  • Create informative and deep analyses of your pupil data in Power BI
  • Understand the key concepts of Power BI, including calculated columns, measures, filters and slicers

This course shows you how to analyse the following information from SIMS: Pupil data, internal termly assessment grades, attendance, behaviour, exams and key stage data


Before you attend this course, you will need a basic understanding of SIMS and of Excel spreadsheets. It would also be useful (but not essential) if you have studied our free SIMS + Power BI for Beginners online course. If you have any questions, send an email to [email protected]


Important Note

You will need to bring your own laptop with Power BI already installed. Laptops will not be supplied on the day. During the course you will develop your own Power BI report, on your own laptop, which you can take back to school and use. I’ll be demonstrating how to use SIMS Reports and sharing the CSV output files so that we can use them as test data during the day. At the end of the course I’ll share a set of SIMS reports that you can import into your SIMS to re-create the CSV output files when you return.

Example Analyses

Here are some examples of the anayses we will create:


The venue is Bolton Arena, easily accessible from the M61, M6, M62 and M60. Next to Horwich Parkway railway station. There is a Premier Inn directly opposite the arena.

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Frequently Asked Question

Can I pay by invoice/purchase order?

Yes you can. Use the normal checkout and choose the option to pay by purchase order. Remember to email your purchase order to [email protected]

Can I pay by debit or credit card?

Yes you can, just click the ‘buy’ button on this page and use the online PayPal checkout.

What if I need to cancel?

Let me know at least 2 weeks before the course start date for a full refund. If you cancel in the last two weeks I’m happy to prove a 50% refund.

What about Coronavirus?

If the venue closes due to Coronavirus an alternative date will be offered or you can choose a full refund. If your school closes you can also either claim a refund, or an alternative date.

What if I’m not happy with the course?

Contact me within 30 days of the end of the course for a full refund.

How long does the course last?

One full day, starting at 9.30 and finishing by 3.30. You are welcome to stay and talk about your individual requirements.

Do I get any printed course materials?

No, but you will be taking away a fully functioning Power BI report on your laptop and full instructions for integrating your new report with your SIMS system.

Are refreshments included?

Tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival and mid morning plus lunch are provided.

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