News

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 4.0.0.12 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