How to set up and manage classes with an MIS integration

Classes are automatically synced with your MIS system and will appear in your site under the Class Manager tab. The MIS integration will automatically control the following:

    • Class name
    • Year group
    • Student membership

If you want to change any of these then you will need to do this in your MIS, and these changes will be reflected in your Sparx site the following day. 

If you create brand new classes in your MIS (even if they contain the same students as before), or if you delete any students or classes from your MIS, then you will need to contact us at schoolsupport@sparx.co.uk so we can manually update your Sparx site.

If you create new classes for your students it will not be possible to see homework data for the old classes in a list view (e.g. on the Hand-in page). You will, however, still be able to see old homework data for individual students on their Summary page.

Setting up your classes for the first time

Video: How to finish setting up classes - MIS Integration

 

When your classes are first imported you will need to go to Class Manager and choose the orange pencil icon next to each class to edit it in the following ways:

1. Add a Scheme of Learning

Assign the class a Scheme of Learning (SoL) from your published list.

You can leave the I don’t have a Scheme of Learning to set box if you don’t yet have any published SoLs but if you don’t publish and link SoLs to classes before you start using Sparx with students then no content will be visible in homework or lessons, meaning more manual work for teachers and a risk that students won’t get suitable homework

Find out more about SoLs in the following articles:

What are Schemes of Learning in Sparx and how do they work?

How to create a Scheme of Learning

Scheme of Learning FAQs

2. Add an Attainment level

Sparx Homework only Classes

Choose a suitable attainment level if you are confident that the class is well setted and working at roughly the same level. If classes are mixed ability or the attainment level is unknown choose Diagnostic Homework*.

Sparx Classroom + Homework Classes

Choose an attainment level that is suitable for the lowest ability in the class.

For more information about attainment levels see the following article:

What is an attainment level?

*You do not need to choose a different homework a week later if you use Diagnostic Homework.

3. Add staff

    • Select the Class Manager tab under the More section
      Click the orange pencil icon next to the class you want to add the teacher to
    • Scroll to the Teacher section and add the correct teacher/s to the class
    • Choose Send teacher emails if you want them to receive messages about the class homework each week:

 

Note: if teachers are not assigned to classes they won’t see their groups by default when they log in.

4. Complete homework hand out and hand in details

    • Complete homework Hand out and Hand in days
    • Set a time for when you want homework to go out on the handout day
    • Turn homework on if you are ready!

Note:

  • Once a homework has been set it can’t be deleted so make sure students are ready to complete their work before you choose to set it
  • It is also not possible to create a class and set them homework on the same day it was created


You might find the following article useful when choosing hand out and hand in dates: 

Choosing default homework hand-out and hand-in days