Principles of Timetable Construction: an Introduction to Timetabling - Day One

09:00 - 15:45, 8 November 2017 London

Fee: £280 +VAT (per day)

This course is delivered over two days though each day can be booked separately.

Day one focuses on the basic principles underpinning planning and scheduling. A variety of practical activities introduce a range of tools and strategies, including feasibility tests and staff deployment analysis, essential for the successful completion of a timetable. The key to successful scheduling is the planning and preparation that takes place in advance - view the timeline.

On Day two participants explore each step of scheduling an imaginary school using paper resources. Practical activities enable participants to appreciate issues encountered during scheduling and to explore solutions. References will be made to functions and tools in timetabling software, however, the emphasis is on exploring an effective sequence of scheduling activities.

Participants will:

  • be introduced to a systematic approach to planning and scheduling a secondary school timetable

  • explore the basic principles of timetabling through presentation, discussion and practical paper exercises

  • learn to use a range of tools and techniques to plan and schedule a timetable and understand the role of software in completing the task effectively

  • place the process of timetabling within the context of the school’s curriculum planning and the need for cost effectiveness

  • develop the skills to interpret and analyse their own timetable, lead discussion and begin the timetabling process themselves

Roger Woollen
Timetable Consultant, former deputy head, The Snaith School, East Riding of Yorkshire


Registration and refreshments


Introduction: general principles


Refreshment break


The curriculum plan

  • The impact of constraints on planning

  • Curriculum costing




Developing timetable structures

  • Making sure the plans are logical

  • Increasing flexibility


Refreshment break



  • The use and limitations of the computer

  • A strategy for scheduling

  • Advice, shortcuts and pitfalls

  • Timelines

  • An alternative approach


Final plenary discussion and evaluation



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