This is Day 2 of our two-day course developed primarily for staff new to or with limited experience of timetabling. Details of alternative dates and venues for Day 1 ('An Introduction to the Principles of Timetabling'), Day 2 and our two-day residential courses can be accessed via the 'Alternative dates' tab. Delegates may attend Days 1 and 2 separately or concurrently.
Delegates focus 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 modelling, 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.
Explore each step of scheduling an imaginary school using paper resources and spreadsheet exercises. Practical activities enable delegates 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.
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 skills to interpret and analyse their own timetable, lead discussion and begin the timetabling process themselves