News

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.13 Available

Posted: Mon 06 Nov 2017

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.13 is now available to download!

We have added start and end dates to all lists and types, this will mean when selecting drop down options these will now only appear if the start and end dates are in the year/date range selected in the date selector.

We have also fixed many bugs, including those below:

  • Estimated costs not generating for support programmes
  • Create a batch of Sessions button not automatically appearing 
  • Summaries of Funding Report missing when actuals being used
  • Datalink working incorrectly with regard to the selected learners tickbox
  • Changes to the settings for the log file will not save
  • Report - Support Delivery by Learner, by Course going into error
  • The data validator showing errors outside of the set date range
  • Archived Cost Sets will not pull through actual or estimated miscellaneous costs
  • Dashboard - learners within 75% of their budget
  • Learner remaining budget not calculating correctly
  • Scheduler has been hidden if using estimates
  • Support Programme not loading

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.12 Available

Posted: Tue 01 Aug 2017

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.12 is now available to download!

We have added several new reports, changed the functionality with Estimates and Actuals and Support Session grids and fixed several bugs

New Features: 

  • Estimates and Actuals: A new approach to support programmes
  • Support Sessions: A session grid can be created allowing the export of attendance data
  • Adding Enrolments to a Cost Item: Ability to add 'enrolments' to cost items
  • New Reports: Several new reports 

Bug Fixes: 

  • Audit Log: now loading all records 
  • 'Predicted' tick box: Tick box on support programmes stopping display in the live cost browser
  • Learner Browser: some durations were shown as *
  • Planned Cost by Learner by Month: report did not work without selecting a funding pot
  • Grid Format: was not saving on Live Cost browser
  • Enrolment Predicted End Dates: some previously showed as 01/01/1990
  • Data Validator: not loading correctly and showing items outside of date range
  • Formatting Notes: Notes transferred from Atlas to eTrackr now retain formatting

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.11 Available

Posted: Wed 24 May 2017

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.11 is now available to download!

We have identified and resolved several bugs in relation to costs calculations and would advise you to upgrade to this version as soon as possible.

Bug Fixes: 

  • Reports (fixed bug in calculations)
    • Staff hours and costs by support class
    • Staff hours and costs by support class by learner
    • Staff hours contracted v’s delivered
    • Support delivery by learner, by course
    • Staff reports – Fixed rounding issue if individual items are under 1 hour
  • Forgotten Password: Email to recover passwords if forgotten
  • Live Cost Browser: Fixed costs not appearing when number of sessions not added
  • Planned Item (single or batch): Fixed bug not pulling through staff rate
  • Misc Items: Fixed matching planned item calculation
  • Assessment: Fixed adding assessor after edit.
  • Support Programme Costs: Fixed session cost calculations

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.10 Available

Posted: Mon 15 May 2017

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.10 is now available to download!

New Features: 

  • Funding Criteria Tab: A New learner tab to indicate a learners’ active status of funding
  • Learner Start & End Date: A datalink indication of a learners’ start and end date
  • Create New Learner: Ability restricted by user role
  • A Full-Time/Part-Time Indicator: Find it on the Enrolments tab, uses Planned Learning Hours
  • Hide Live Cost Browser: Allowing the learner page to load quicker
  • Learner Browser Headings: Many more headings to select in the Learner Browser
  • Additional Filter Criteria: Learner site & Current Learners

Bug Fixes: 

  • Learner Browser: Loads faster and responds to Selector manipulation
  • Forgotten Password: Email to recover passwords if forgotten
  • Staff Teams: Allocation of Teams to staff option recovered
  • Smart Search: Pots appeared to pull through but item would not save – action restored
  • Reduced Class Size: Correct total per learner now appears in the Live Cost Browser
  • Misc Items Batch saves at £0: Batch items now saving at correct total
  • Staff Hours Reports: Discrepancies with costs amended
  • Learner Browser Total Hours: Total Hours now restored to include number of weeks

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.9 Available

Posted: Thu 16 Mar 2017

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.9 is now available to download!

New Features: 

  • Primary Support Reasons > Indicate a Primary Support Reason per date range and attached date ranges to all secondary support reasons
  • Live Cost Browser PER LEARNER > A Live Cost Browser entry viewable via the Learner Page
  • Start time on Reviews & Assessments > Not mandatory to complete
  • Document Management Button added to Referrals, History & Destination > Ability to attach documents extended to these areas of the learner page
  • Speed Improvement > Planned Support Items, Learner Page Tabs & Assessments
  • Datalink > Keep your filtered selection of learners to process in batch
  • Choosing Template outside of the Date Range > A Caution Message will appear
  • Average Class Size > Default field now allows for decimal points

Bug Fixes: 

  • Record of Work Notes Not Saving > Bug investigated & resolved
  • Attendance Drop Down Menu Flickers > Bug investigated & initiated potential fix
  • Learner Reviews Not Saving in ATLAS Mobile > Bug investigated & resolved
  • Learner Browser not sorting in ascending/descending order (Costs) > Bug investigated & resolved
  • Assessment Grid Freezing when Sorted > Bug investigated & resolved
  • Review Types not Showing in the Live Cost Browser > Bug investigated & resolved
  • Learner Budget Fields not appearing/filtering in the Learner Browser > All related bugs investigated & resolved
  • Staff Rate "Yes" not working on Rate Heading or Value Change Request Window > Bug investigated & resolved
  • Scheduler not working for Support Programmes & Equipment Loans > Bug investigated & resolved

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.8 Available

Posted: Mon 06 Mar 2017

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.8 is now available to download!

New Features: 

 

  • NEW REPORT - Summary of Support Costs by Organisation by Requirement – Actual costs
  • NEW REPORT - Summary of Planned Support Costs by Organisation by Requirement – Planned costs
  • NEW REPORT - Learner Cost Summary Reports – Planned & Actual

Bug Fixes: 

  • Saving Miscellaneous page in old records
  • Import SSRS reports manually and from Atlas Repository Online

 

Atlas version 4.0.0.7 Update

Posted: Mon 27 Feb 2017

 

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.7 is now available to download! Please find brief details below and further guidance attached. Following this update you may wish to make changes to your DataLink import – please see the updated DataLink Specification document attached for more information

For a PDF of our release notes, please see: Atlas release notes version 4.0.0.7

Atlas new features: 

  • ATLAS Menu Change > Deliver to include Assessments & Reviews Support Class
  • Primary Enrolments > Datalink import can now identify a learners’ Primary Enrolment (New Filter based on Primary Enrolments)
  • Action & Notes Changes > Button size increase
  • Learners Page Additions > New fields including College Main Site, Primary Parent Contact Tab and Learner Start and End Date
  • Self -Generating Headings > Headings based on completed fields to assist in creating Programme Names
  • Start Times > Drop down menu defaults to College Start Time for ease of use
  • Learner Requirements by Course > Now filtered by Active Courses
  • Assessment Summary Report > Bug Fixed > Now includes Requirement Data
  • NEW REPORT: Support Costs, Planned vs Delivered by Learner Requirement
  • NEW REPORT: Earnings Adjustment Statement > Now based on months per cost items and restricted to 10 Months Only

Atlas Questionnaire - announcement

Posted: Tue 15 Nov 2016

We would like to thank everyone for taking the time to complete the ATLAS usage survey.

 

We will be collating the results over the next few weeks and may be in contact with some respondents to discuss specific points and start development on some of those new and exciting features. 

We were so pleased to receive so many responses and are eager to make ATLAS the best it can be!

 

On Friday the 11th of November we randomly selected the following runners-up

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO

Amanda Bradbrook of WALTHAM FOREST COLLEGE

And

Lauren Craik of CENTRAL SUSSEX COLLEGE

 

AND CONGRATULATIONS TO

Sam Brecken of NEWCASTLE COLLEGE GROUP

For the most comprehensive survey response

 

Congratulations to the winners, and look out for your hampers arriving at your college soon!

SpirALS Update 16/17

Posted: Thu 10 Nov 2016

SpirALS version 1.95 is a major update designed to work with ALS information for the 2016/17 academic year onwards.

There were changes to the ILR structure for the academic year 2016/2017 and SpirALS was revised to accommodate all major changes

Updated LLDD Values 

The LLDD ILR Values have been updated in co-ordination with the 2016/2017 Academic year 

New Licence System

This version of SpirALS now contains our new licencing system. You will need to contact us after updating to Spirals version 1.95 in order to get your licence key.

Import from Another Data File

This feature has been changed to now show you the filters from the other data file, and the filters correctly run on that data file. This allows you to more easily manage what learners you want to pull through into your file from the older one.

Details of further minor updates/versions

1.95 B

Fixed a bug on the Local Authority High Needs Cost Form reports which caused the S139 tick box to be ticked erroneously and show the wrong assessment date.

1.95 A

Bug fix which fixed a bug that occurred when closing the settings screen.

 

All the new features can be found in the latest version of SpirALS, version 1.95, which can be downloaded from the updates page.

 

SpirALS MS Access 2010 update issue

Posted: Fri 11 Mar 2016

It has come to our attention that during this week's patches released by microsoft, patch KB3085515 was released for the Access 2010 and the Office 2010 suite.This patch updates a reference used by SpirALS and because of this whenever users will open SpirALS they will be greeted with a checkrefs error.

Microsoft have been made aware of this issue but unfortunately have not provided us with any information on when they expect this to be fixed by. Because of this we highly reommend that KB3085515 is uninstalled from SpirALS client machines to instantly resolves the issue.

If any support is needed in resolving this issue please feel free to get in contact with our IT Support team here on 02088470214.

Why buy ATLAS?

Posted: Tue 23 Feb 2016

Atlas

We're sure you will have heard of our new system, ATLAS, which has many benefits over SpirALS.

By the academic year 17/18, we hope that the majority of our SpirALS customers will be using the new system.
 
If you are undecided about when to transfer, here are some reasons to take advantage of current offers for SpirALS customers:
 
Get started with ATLAS now!
  •   10% discount for all SpirALS customers
  •   Be prepared – gradually phase in ATLAS in preparation for 16/17
  •   Avoid future price increases
  •   Transfer to ATLAS now, use SpirALS for free until August 2016
  •   Get a head start on the academic year 16/17 by entering your pre-entry information now
  •   **NEW** Longer term licence incentives, including free annual refresher training
 
See first-hand how much time ATLAS can save you over the course of a year!
If you are interested in taking advantage of any of these offers, please get in touch us using the contact details below:
 
Email: info@midas-systems.co.uk
Tel: 0208 847 0214

SpirALS 1.94 Update

Posted: Tue 25 Aug 2015

We have updated SpirALS to accommodate changes to the ILR specification for the 2015/16 academic year.  Further details of the SpirALS 1.94 update (and how to install it) can be found on our updates page.

For the 15/16 academic year, some changes have been made to the ILR that affect the way LLDD values are recorded.

Traditionally, each learner had one Disability (DS) value and one Learning Difficulty (LD) value, each from separate lists.  Of course, in the real world there is nothing to stop someone having more than one disability/learning difficulty, so most SpirALS users like to use our ‘Support Needs’ to record more accurate information, and no doubt will continue to do so.

The ILR has been amended structurally, so (a) both Disability and Learning Difficulty lists have been consolidated into one LLDD and Health Problem list and (b) each learner can have multiple LLDD and Health Problem values.  Furthermore, one of these values (for each learner) can be marked as a ‘primary’.

In SpirALS Version 1.94 we have changed the way we record the LLDD and Health Problem values to reflect this change; you can now assign multiple values to each student and mark one as a primary.

In order to make this information easier for you to input into SpirALS, we have made a change to the SpirALS DataLink routine. If you wish to import this information, please read our What changes need to be made to the DataLink document.

Additionally, we have added a new field for you to record the 'Special Educational Needs' (or 'SEN') values for those students who have special educational needs at a lower level than those with an EHC plan or an LDA but still need special educational provision with their learning.

All the new features can be found in the latest version of SpirALS, version 1.94, which can be downloaded from the updates page.

For your interest: Guidance on 16 to 25 High Needs funding principles for 2015 to 2016

Posted: Fri 20 Mar 2015

Published by the EFA on the 13th of March 2015

16 to 25 High Needs funding principles for 2015 to 2016

Spring Term Offers!

Posted: Mon 26 Jan 2015

Happy New Year!

With the spring term fully underway, this is the perfect time to make sure that you are on track with the management of your Learning Support data. 

1 month only offers before our price increase in March – so book before 28th February!

Onsite Consultancy Day - £950 (plus VAT and Expenses)

Are you getting the most out of your data? Are you in the process of preparing for an audit or inspection? We will complete a full and thorough review of your current LS data, and then deliver an onsite feedback report and training session that will increase the potential of your SpirALS and/or TEAM information. This could include training on new features, building a report pack for inspection, a review of 14/15 funding etc.

Bitesize Online Training - £125.00 (plus VAT)

Are you a new user or an experienced user or manager that needs a refresher on SpirALS features? Then let us provide you with some ‘bitesize’ training which includes a one hour online training session and a refresher video tutorial to keep.

TEAM Trial - £950.00 (plus VAT) – Back by popular demand!

Has your college ever considered using TEAM, but been unsure of how the system works, or the benefits that it could provide? If so, why not take advantage of our TEAM Trial, allowing you to try TEAM with 10 users to the end of the academic year.

Additional Licences - 50% Off!

Could you benefit from further licences for SpirALS? Then purchase your new licences before February 28th to take full advantage of our 50% off.

If any or all of these offers are of interest, then please get in contact with us to discuss these further. You can either email us at info@midas-systems.co.uk or call us on 0208 847 0214.

We look forward to hearing from all of you! 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted: Tue 16 Dec 2014

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year from the team at Midas Systems.

Carol, Hugh, Chris, Holly, Kate, Bryan, Josh, Simmren, Sam, Carlos and Alex

Christmas Hat

Please note our hours over the winter break:

Tuesday 16th December: Midas Christmas party! Limited support service after 4:00pm

Friday 19th December: Office closes

Monday 5th Januaray: Office opens

Please note:  Whilst the office is closed, there will remain a limited support service for any urgent calls (except on bank holidays).

We are pleased to announce the release of TEAM version 1.09.00

Posted: Fri 31 Oct 2014

This new version of TEAM allows specified users to edit their students' assessment details from inside the TEAM application.

This latest version of TEAM has a number of key additions as well as fixes for all reported issues to date. You can find full details of the changes we have made to this version of TEAM in our "What's new in TEAM 1.09" document.

TEAM 1.09 is designed to work with SpirALS 1.93 onwards, so please ensure your version of SpirALS is updated to version 1.93 when you update TEAM. You can update SpirALS from the SpirALS updates page. TEAM can be updated at this update page.

SpirALS Version 1.93 has been released!

Posted: Tue 14 Oct 2014

We are pleased to announce the release of SpirALS Version 1.93!

Additionally, we will soon be releasing a new version of TEAM 1.09.00.

In this update, we introduce the eagerly anticipated "Monthly Cost Breakdown" report. This report shows a breakdown of costs by month based on the start and end date for actual Support Cost Items.

We have also introduced a new version of our "SFA Earnings Adjustment" report which is based on actual costs rather than estimates.

SpirALS 1.93 can be downloaded from our update page and full details of all new features can be found in our 'What’s New in SpirALS 1.93' document which accompanies the new program download.

SpirALS Update Version 1.92F Released!

Posted: Tue 19 Aug 2014

A new academic year approaches and we’re putting the finishing touches to the first major SpirALS release of 14/15.

Meanwhile, we’ve released SpirALS version 1.92F so that you can enjoy some of the new features right now.

For the first time it is now possible to import student information from other SpirALS data files; particularly useful for importing returning students.

The SpirALS Report Manager now contains a 'Favourite Reports' feature that allows you to mark the reports that you use most frequently, making it much easier to find the reports you need and use most often.

In addition, 1.92F comes with 28 new reports. Every report showing support cost information now has both an ‘Actual’ and ‘Estimated’ version.

SpirALS 1.92F can be downloaded from our update page and full details of all new features can be found in our 'What’s New in SpirALS 1.92' document.

SpirALS Update: New High Needs Student Agreement available in version 1.92 D

Posted: Fri 21 Mar 2014

After studying many different Local Authority forms, we have designed a new multiple-page report based on the ‘model standard form’ recommended by the Education Funding Agency. The report includes common information requested by Local Authorities in respect of student details, anticipated support and costs.

This report is available in latest release of SpirALS, version 1.92 D, along with other improvements and fixes.

This update supersedes all previous versions and we recommend you arrange to install it at your earliest convenience.

To install the update and find out what else is new in 1.92 D, please visit our SpirALS update page.

Workshop Presentation at the NAMSS Annual Conference 2014

Posted: Sat 08 Mar 2014

'Forward planning in the new funding climate' is the title of the NAMSS workshop presented by Carol Miles, Director of Midas Systems, in collaboration with Kim Greenfield, Head of Learning Support at Guildford College.  The workshop will be held on the first day of the NAMSS conference (March 17th).

Visit the NAMSS site for more information

Carol will give a brief overview of key benefits and latest developments of SpirALS and TEAM. Together, Carol and Kim will share their perspectives of best practice data management and effective support planning and organisation.

The workshop will illustrate how detailed information and highly organised forward planning benefits the various staff roles within support services and across the college as a whole.  The session will include guidance on recording and reporting on meaningful data to satisfy Local Authorities, audit and inspection.

The case study with Guildford College (to be featured in this workshop) will soon be available on our website.

We also have a stand at the JISC South West Technology exhibition

If you are going, please come and say 'hello'! We are at Stand T5.

Visit the JISC site for more information

Midas apprentice featured in Just IT case study

Posted: Fri 07 Mar 2014

As part of  National Apprenticeship Week, Josh (the smiliest member of the Midas team) has been featured in a case study by Just IT.

To read about Josh's experience with us, visit http://www.justit.co.uk/news/1-5-National-Apprenticeship-Week-Case-Study---Midas-Systems-279

SpirALS version 1.92 released!

Posted: Tue 15 Oct 2013

Midas Systems is pleased to announce the latest release of SpirALS version 1.92.

SpirALS version 1.92 is a major update designed to work with ALS information for the 2013/2014 academic year.  This update supersedes all previous versions and we recommend you arrange to install them at your earliest convenience.

There have been major changes to the funding guidance for the academic year 2013/2014 and SpirALS has been revised with this in mind.  There are also some significant changes for colleges using TEAM.

New ILR and funding related fields

Version 1.92 facilitates the recording of all data relevant to the current ALS funding methodologies (such as that related to Workplace Learning, Educational Health Care Plan and Adult Learning Loans/Bursaries).

Existing fields now include new ILR values for 2013/2014 and a new field has been introduced to identify the source of each Learner’s ALS funding.  Furthermore, the Funding Fields Auto-update and DataLink facilities have been updated to help users rapidly populate these new fields.

Detailed information about the changes to SpirALS’ funding related fields can be found on the SpirALS online help file.

New filtering and reporting options

The new fields introduced in this update are available in both the Saved Filter Manager and the Query Export Manager.

The Saved Filter Manager also now supports filters based on values that are greater or less than a user specified value or that fall within a user specified range of values.  For example, it is now possible to create a filter that returns students that have a total cost between £5,500 and £6,000.

In addition, SpirALS’ Funding tiers have been brought in line with figures relevant to the new funding methodologies.  Used alongside the Local Authority criteria, these filters will allow you to print the new Local Authority Cost Forms for high needs students.

Improved support for covering Support Programmes (for colleges using TEAM)

SpirALS users are now able to specify TEAM users that are allowed to ‘cover’ (and enter information on) sessions of other members of staff.  It is also possible to specify which Support Programmes are ‘coverable’.  Note: TEAM users must be using TEAM version 1.08 to take advantage of this feature.

In version 1.92, it is now possible to record additional fields (for example ‘Cost Centre’) on Support Programmes so this information can be added to Support Cost Items when created via the Cost Calculator.

2 New SpirALS Effective Use of Information Courses!

Posted: Wed 02 Oct 2013

Our 'Effective use of Information' courses are ideal for staff in Further Education who manage learning support provision.

SpirALS is a rich source of information that provides awareness and evidence of successful provision, areas for improvement and cost effectiveness.

Hands-on exercises demonstrate the most appropriate data to record, then how to analyse and transform your information into really useful, high quality reports for Local Authorities, Inspection and Funding Agencies.

Responding to feedback from the previous course 'The Learning Support Manager's Practical Guide to Effective Use of Information', the programme has been spread across two sessions to allow more time for exploring reports, export features and data analysis.

PART 1: Funding and Cost Effectiveness   Leaflet

Tuesday 26th November 2013, 10:15 - 4:15,  London

PART 2: Impact, Inspection and Quality   Leaflet

Wednesday 27th November 2013, 10:15 - 4:15, London

1 course: £260.00 + vat per person

Both courses: £500.00 + vat per person

London venue: Please click on 'Leaflet' links above for more information about the course programmes and venue.

To register information, please contact us on 020 8847 0214 or by email to training@midas-systems.co.uk

Or to book places, please go to our booking form

We also have places available on our Best Practice courses in London and Manchester, which are appropriate for beginners and experienced SpirALS administrators. Please see the training page on our website for more information.

 

Customer Support and Training Executive Required

Posted: Thu 26 Sep 2013

Midas is recruiting for a new Customer Support and Training Executive to assist us with helping our customers and with designing and delivering training.

Based in our offices in Brentford, West London, the job would suit a newly qualified teacher, a person with experience of  delivering learning support in a college or an IT trainer.

The post requires an enthusiastic person who would enjoy providing customer support; and designing and delivering training, to meet the needs of our 3000 customers using the company’s systems.

Familiarity with MS Office applications such as Word, Excel and Access is preferred. Comprehensive training on use of the company’s bespoke software (currently SpirALS and TEAM) will be provided.

If you know someone who would suit this job please contact Nick Mercer at Midas nick@midas-systems.co.uk  or call 0208 847 0214 for the full job description.

 

Welcome Back

Posted: Fri 06 Sep 2013

Another academic year has begun and, if you haven’t already done so, you  will soon be preparing SpirALS and TEAM for 2013/14.

Start of Year Help

For help with creating your SpirALS and TEAM 13/14 file, please visit the ‘End/Start of Year Procedures’ section of our online help file. Here you will find an easy to follow guide to the processes that go into creating and preparing your new file. 

Local Authority information added to SpirALS

Posted: Thu 16 May 2013

Learning support funding in Further Education is changing in 2013/14. Support costs over £6000 will now be the responsibility of the local authority of high needs learners up to age 24 with a Learning Difficulty Assessment.

To record the learners’ local authority update to the latest version of SpirALS – 1.91J.
 
To populate the list of local authorities in SpirALS please see the helpfile topic relating to the Organisations and Agency manager:
 
 
For more information on 13/14 funding and how to make the most of SpirALS you may be interested in our course, “The Learning Support Managers Practical Guide to Effective Use of Information” running in London on Wednesday 3rd July. Please email training@midas-systems.co.uk for more information.

Midas staff making creative contributions to college life!

Posted: Mon 25 Mar 2013

Kate Coleman, our freelance researcher and professional artist, invited to work with students at East Norfolk College on an exciting art project.

"Gorleston students turn industrial port into fine art"

 

SpirALS version 1.91 released

Posted: Fri 19 Oct 2012

Midas Systems is pleased to announce the latest release of SpirALS, version 1.91.

This update supersedes all previous versions and we recommend you arrange to install it at your earliest convenience as it contains improvements designed to support recent amendments to the ILR and transition from YPLA to EFA.

Among a host of features to improve the user experience in general, added features include:

  • New EFA Cost Form report
  • New Target & ALS Outcome reports
  • New ILR Field Maintenance screens

The SpirALS update and all documentation can be downloaded from our website (www.midas-systems.co.uk/update).  Here, you will also find “Installation instructions”, “What’s New” and “Troubleshooting” documentation along with information on all the latest changes and features.

We suggest that all users take a few minutes to read the “What’s New” document to familiarise themselves with the changes introduced in this version. 

We have moved!

Posted: Wed 10 Oct 2012

Our new address can be found on our contact page.

Our telephone number and email addresses are the same.

We will be contacting all finance departments directly.  However, please help us by forwarding this information to relevant personnel.
 
Thank you,
 
The Midas Systems Team
 

Stay one step ahead of data requests from Local Authorities

Posted: Thu 13 Sep 2012

Colleges of Further Education are being asked for learning support information from Local Education Authorities.

We have prepared a custom query we can send to you by email to obtain the information from SpirALS. Please see below for details.

In order to help you gather this information we have made a custom query to export: Student Name, Date of Birth, Age Band, Postcode and Estimated or Actual costs (limited to over £5500 if desired). The query can also include whether or not the student has an S139a assessment, however we need to individually tailor this query as it can be recorded either as an L29 value, or in the Assessments tab.

If you are a SpirALS user and would like a copy of the custom query send an email request to: holly@midas-systems.co.uk

Please indicate whether you would like to include S139a assessments (and where you record this) and Actual or Estimated costs, also if you would like to limit the query to only show those students with costs over £5500. 

New telephone system

Posted: Mon 10 Sep 2012

On Friday the 14thSeptember Midas Systems will be moving over to a new internet based telephone system, which we hope will give us a number of new facilities and greater flexibility.

The change involves transferring our main number 020 8847 0214 from BT to the new provider. This should be a seamless process, however it is possible that our phone system will be down for a short period at some stage on this day.

During the switchover, you can continue to email us at: Info@midas-systems.co.uk  and if there is a problem getting through on the usual number you should be able to call us on this temporary line: 0560 367 0612.

Once our number is successfully transferred it will mean we can provide you with an even better service, however we do ask you to bear with us as we familiarise ourselves with the new phone facilities.

Just to be clear, our phone and Fax numbers remain the same: Please continue to call us on 020 8847 0214,  or Fax on 020 8569 7297.

We do hope that this change does not inconvenience you unduly and thank you in advance for your understanding.

New resources page

Posted: Thu 09 Aug 2012

Click here to see our new website section for useful links and resources related to learning support.

SpirALS 1.9 F

Posted: Wed 11 Jul 2012

Midas Systems are pleased to announce the latest release of SpirALS, Version 1.9 F (vi).

This update corrects the problems identified in the initial release of version 1.9F which we announced at the end of June.  We apologise for any inconvenience that the delay in releasing this update may have caused you.

You can download the SpirALS Update package at: www.midas-systems.co.uk/update

Please note:  This version contains routines designed to correct the details of Support Cost Items that were previously created or updated using the TEAM Support Programme Validator.  These issues do not affect the total cost amounts in any way however in certain circumstances the Cost Items may have picked up incorrect descriptions for Hourly rates, or incorrect Start / End dates.

If you have used the Support Programme Validator to create / update Cost Items we strongly recommend that you use the Support Program Validator to re-check all Support Programmes and then use the “Create / Update Cost items”  button on the Tools & Test Summary tab, to create / update all of the Cost Items linked to the Support Programmes. This will ensure that your cost items correctly reflect the Support Programme details.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us on the number below for guidance.

Autumn dates confirmed for Best Practice courses

Posted: Fri 29 Jun 2012

See the Training Page for SpirALS Best Practice beginners and advanced course dates, plus information about the new 'TEAM Champions' half-day course in London on Tuesday 16th October.

New versions of SpirALS and TEAM

Posted: Thu 28 Jun 2012
SpirALS version 1.9F and TEAM 1.07 now available

SpirALS 1.9F and TEAM 1.07 Released!

Posted: Fri 22 Jun 2012

Midas Systems is pleased to announce the latest release of SpirALS version 1.9F and TEAM version 1.07.

These updates supersede all previous versions and we recommend you arrange to install them at your earliest convenience.

Please note: As SpirALS and TEAM are constantly being improved we strongly recommend that you only download the files when you are ready to perform an update. This ensures that you get the most up to date and functional version possible.

SpirALS Update 1.9F

The SpirALS update and all documentation can be downloaded from our website (www.midas-systems.co.uk/update).  Here, you will also find “Installation instructions”, “What’s New” and  “Troubleshooting” documentation along with information on all the latest changes and features.

We suggest that all users take a few minutes to read the What’s New document to familiarise themselves with the changes introduced in this version.  Furthermore, SpriALS TEAM administrators must pay particular attention to this document as it contains a number of steps for you to follow that are critical to the accurate generation of your cost items.

TEAM Update 1.07

The TEAM update includes a number of useful features for the end user, including a To Do List, a Session Calendar View and Incomplete Attendance screens for locating and correcting any missing or invalid attendance information.

The TEAM update and installation instructions can be found on the TEAM Update page of our website (login credentials required), along with further details of what's new in version 1.07.

New Version of SpirALS available

Posted: Fri 10 Feb 2012

Latest version 1.9E released.

All 150 reports reviewed and updated, streamlined validator screen, new batch student delete screen and many other modifications.

Inspection success with the help of Spirals and TEAM!

Posted: Tue 23 Aug 2011

Read how good management combined with detailed, evidential data, helped John Ruskin College to improve their inspection results in the latest of our  client case studies.

Client Case Studies

Posted: Thu 12 May 2011

Read how SpirALS and TEAM brought about improvements to strategic planning at East Norfolk College, and the speed, accuracy and quality of ALS administrative functions at Oaklands College in the first two of our client case studies.

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.13 Available

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.13 is now available to download!

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Posted: Mon 06 Nov 2017

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.12 Available

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.12 is now available to download!

We have added several new reports, changed the functionality with Estimates and Actuals and Support Session grids and fixed several bugs

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Posted: Tue 01 Aug 2017

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.11 Available

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.11 is now available to download!

We have identified and resolved several bugs in relation to costs calculations and would advise you to upgrade to this version as soon as possible.

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Posted: Wed 24 May 2017

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.10 Available

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.10 is now available to download!

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Posted: Mon 15 May 2017

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.9 Available

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.9 is now available to download!

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Posted: Thu 16 Mar 2017

Atlas Core Version 4.0.0.8 Available

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.8 is now available to download!

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Posted: Mon 06 Mar 2017

Atlas version 4.0.0.7 Update

 

We are pleased to announce that Atlas Version 4.0.0.7 is now available to download! Please find brief details below and further guidance attached. Following this update you may wish to make changes to your DataLink import – please see the updated DataLink Specification document attached for more information

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Posted: Mon 27 Feb 2017

Atlas Questionnaire - announcement

We would like to thank everyone for taking the time to complete the ATLAS usage survey.

 

We will be collating the results over the next few weeks and may be in contact with some respondents to discuss specific points and start development on some of those new and exciting features. 

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Posted: Tue 15 Nov 2016

SpirALS Update 16/17

SpirALS version 1.95 is a major update designed to work with ALS information for the 2016/17 academic year onwards.

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Posted: Thu 10 Nov 2016

SpirALS MS Access 2010 update issue

It has come to our attention that during this week's patches released by microsoft, patch KB3085515 was released for the Access 2010 and the Office 2010 suite.This patch updates a reference used by SpirALS and because of this whenever users will open SpirALS they will be greeted with a checkrefs error.

Microsoft have been made aware of this issue but unfortunately have not provided us with any information on when they expect this to be fixed by. Because of this we highly reommend that KB3085515 is uninstalled from SpirALS client machines to instantly resolves the issue.

If any support is needed in resolving this issue please feel free to get in contact with our IT Support team here on 02088470214.

Posted: Fri 11 Mar 2016

Why buy ATLAS?

Atlas

We're sure you will have heard of our new system, ATLAS, which has many benefits over SpirALS.

By the academic year 17/18, we hope that the majority of our SpirALS customers will be using the new system.
 
If you are undecided about when to transfer, here are some reasons to take advantage of current offers for SpirALS customers:
 

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Posted: Tue 23 Feb 2016

SpirALS 1.94 Update

We have updated SpirALS to accommodate changes to the ILR specification for the 2015/16 academic year.  Further details of the SpirALS 1.94 update (and how to install it) can be found on our updates page.

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Posted: Tue 25 Aug 2015

For your interest: Guidance on 16 to 25 High Needs funding principles for 2015 to 2016

Published by the EFA on the 13th of March 2015

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Posted: Fri 20 Mar 2015

Spring Term Offers!

Happy New Year!

With the spring term fully underway, this is the perfect time to make sure that you are on track with the management of your Learning Support data. 

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Posted: Mon 26 Jan 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year from the team at Midas Systems.

Carol, Hugh, Chris, Holly, Kate, Bryan, Josh, Simmren, Sam, Carlos and Alex

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Posted: Tue 16 Dec 2014

We are pleased to announce the release of TEAM version 1.09.00

This new version of TEAM allows specified users to edit their students' assessment details from inside the TEAM application.

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Posted: Fri 31 Oct 2014

SpirALS Version 1.93 has been released!

We are pleased to announce the release of SpirALS Version 1.93!

Additionally, we will soon be releasing a new version of TEAM 1.09.00.

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Posted: Tue 14 Oct 2014

SpirALS Update Version 1.92F Released!

A new academic year approaches and we’re putting the finishing touches to the first major SpirALS release of 14/15.

Meanwhile, we’ve released SpirALS version 1.92F so that you can enjoy some of the new features right now.

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Posted: Tue 19 Aug 2014

SpirALS Update: New High Needs Student Agreement available in version 1.92 D

After studying many different Local Authority forms, we have designed a new multiple-page report based on the ‘model standard form’ recommended by the Education Funding Agency. The report includes common information requested by Local Authorities in respect of student details, anticipated support and costs.

This report is available in latest release of SpirALS, version 1.92 D, along with other improvements and fixes.

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Posted: Fri 21 Mar 2014

Workshop Presentation at the NAMSS Annual Conference 2014

'Forward planning in the new funding climate' is the title of the NAMSS workshop presented by Carol Miles, Director of Midas Systems, in collaboration with Kim Greenfield, Head of Learning Support at Guildford College.  The workshop will be held on the first day of the NAMSS conference (March 17th).

Visit the NAMSS site for more information

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Posted: Sat 08 Mar 2014

Midas apprentice featured in Just IT case study

As part of  National Apprenticeship Week, Josh (the smiliest member of the Midas team) has been featured in a case study by Just IT.

To read about Josh's experience with us, visit http://www.justit.co.uk/news/1-5-National-Apprenticeship-Week-Case-Study---Midas-Systems-279

Posted: Fri 07 Mar 2014

SpirALS version 1.92 released!

Midas Systems is pleased to announce the latest release of SpirALS version 1.92.

SpirALS version 1.92 is a major update designed to work with ALS information for the 2013/2014 academic year.  This update supersedes all previous versions and we recommend you arrange to install them at your earliest convenience.

There have been major changes to the funding guidance for the academic year 2013/2014 and SpirALS has been revised with this in mind.  There are also some significant changes for colleges using TEAM.

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Posted: Tue 15 Oct 2013

2 New SpirALS Effective Use of Information Courses!

Our 'Effective use of Information' courses are ideal for staff in Further Education who manage learning support provision.

SpirALS is a rich source of information that provides awareness and evidence of successful provision, areas for improvement and cost effectiveness.

Hands-on exercises demonstrate the most appropriate data to record, then how to analyse and transform your information into really useful, high quality reports for Local Authorities, Inspection and Funding Agencies.

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Posted: Wed 02 Oct 2013

Customer Support and Training Executive Required

Midas is recruiting for a new Customer Support and Training Executive to assist us with helping our customers and with designing and delivering training.

Based in our offices in Brentford, West London, the job would suit a newly qualified teacher, a person with experience of  delivering learning support in a college or an IT trainer.

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Posted: Thu 26 Sep 2013

Welcome Back

Another academic year has begun and, if you haven’t already done so, you  will soon be preparing SpirALS and TEAM for 2013/14.

Start of Year Help

For help with creating your SpirALS and TEAM 13/14 file, please visit the ‘End/Start of Year Procedures’ section of our online help file. Here you will find an easy to follow guide to the processes that go into creating and preparing your new file. 

Posted: Fri 06 Sep 2013

Local Authority information added to SpirALS

Learning support funding in Further Education is changing in 2013/14. Support costs over £6000 will now be the responsibility of the local authority of high needs learners up to age 24 with a Learning Difficulty Assessment.

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Posted: Thu 16 May 2013

Midas staff making creative contributions to college life!

Kate Coleman, our freelance researcher and professional artist, invited to work with students at East Norfolk College on an exciting art project.

"Gorleston students turn industrial port into fine art"

 

Posted: Mon 25 Mar 2013

SpirALS version 1.91 released

Midas Systems is pleased to announce the latest release of SpirALS, version 1.91.

This update supersedes all previous versions and we recommend you arrange to install it at your earliest convenience as it contains improvements designed to support recent amendments to the ILR and transition from YPLA to EFA.

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Posted: Fri 19 Oct 2012

We have moved!

Our new address can be found on our contact page.

Our telephone number and email addresses are the same.

We will be contacting all finance departments directly.  However, please help us by forwarding this information to relevant personnel.
 
Thank you,
 
The Midas Systems Team
 

Posted: Wed 10 Oct 2012

Stay one step ahead of data requests from Local Authorities

Colleges of Further Education are being asked for learning support information from Local Education Authorities.

We have prepared a custom query we can send to you by email to obtain the information from SpirALS. Please see below for details.

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Posted: Thu 13 Sep 2012

New telephone system

On Friday the 14thSeptember Midas Systems will be moving over to a new internet based telephone system, which we hope will give us a number of new facilities and greater flexibility.

The change involves transferring our main number 020 8847 0214 from BT to the new provider. This should be a seamless process, however it is possible that our phone system will be down for a short period at some stage on this day.

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Posted: Mon 10 Sep 2012

New resources page

Click here to see our new website section for useful links and resources related to learning support.

Posted: Thu 09 Aug 2012

SpirALS 1.9 F

Midas Systems are pleased to announce the latest release of SpirALS, Version 1.9 F (vi).

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Posted: Wed 11 Jul 2012

Autumn dates confirmed for Best Practice courses

See the Training Page for SpirALS Best Practice beginners and advanced course dates, plus information about the new 'TEAM Champions' half-day course in London on Tuesday 16th October.

Posted: Fri 29 Jun 2012

New versions of SpirALS and TEAM

SpirALS version 1.9F and TEAM 1.07 now available

Posted: Thu 28 Jun 2012

SpirALS 1.9F and TEAM 1.07 Released!

Midas Systems is pleased to announce the latest release of SpirALS version 1.9F and TEAM version 1.07.

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Posted: Fri 22 Jun 2012

New Version of SpirALS available

Latest version 1.9E released.

All 150 reports reviewed and updated, streamlined validator screen, new batch student delete screen and many other modifications.

Posted: Fri 10 Feb 2012

Inspection success with the help of Spirals and TEAM!

Read how good management combined with detailed, evidential data, helped John Ruskin College to improve their inspection results in the latest of our  client case studies.

Posted: Tue 23 Aug 2011

Client Case Studies

Read how SpirALS and TEAM brought about improvements to strategic planning at East Norfolk College, and the speed, accuracy and quality of ALS administrative functions at Oaklands College in the first two of our client case studies.

Posted: Thu 12 May 2011