Bilborough Sixth Form College on the outskirts of Nottingham offers A Levels and BTECs to approximately 1,700 students. The College has 200 staff in all – both support staff and teachers – and is familiar with submitting data to the Staff Individualised Record (SIR) system. Sharon Belfitt is HR Assistant and was responsible for data collection and submission to the new SIR Data Insights service. We caught up with Sharon to find out her views:
“We have been submitting data to the previous SIR system for years now, so I was expecting to do it again this year. I had a call to let me know about the new system and then I received a number of informative emails.
When I first heard that the system had been redeveloped I thought, ‘Help!’, as you do when something is new and unknown. In practice, it turned out to be pretty straightforward.
Our HR system has a module that lets us export data for upload. Unfortunately, there was a problem with some of the fields. I reported this and the system supplier is looking into this now.
The good thing is that we could instantly see that there were errors and where they were as soon as we uploaded data into the new SIR Data Insights service. I contacted the Helpdesk and they were very helpful, suggesting a workaround.
It took us about a day to do the submission in the end, plus the time for updating SIR records in our HR system. Having set up the new fields then it should be easy to keep up-to-date going forward.
It is good to get an instant view of your data through the new SIR Data Insights service. The dashboards could be useful to the Principal and management team, so the fact that ETF is contacting Principals to alert them to the new service is good.”