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Principles of timetabling

New to school timetabling or an existing timetabler with no formal background?

Course Information

  • Price : £225 + VAT
  • Duration : 1 day

Principles of Timetabling is one of our most popular timetabling courses. The course is valuable both for staff who are completely new to timetabling and experienced timetablers looking for tools and work flows to handle the timetabling process.

The course covers all the principles of creating your school timetable in house right from planning your curriculum, through to a range of checking tools such as contact ratios, conflict matrices and combing charts to name a few.
During the course we will study a variety of curriculum structures such as form-based groups, blocked groups, banded curriculums, consistently setted groups, and shared groups at Post-16.

Delegates will leave this course equipped to manage the timetabling process efficiently, effectively and productively. Over the course of the day you will be able to pose school-specific questions to the course leaders and share experiences with delegates.

An ideal follow on to this course would be to take an introductory course on the software of your choosing. We offer a range of courses on TimeTabler, Nova T6, Facility Scheduler and Timetabling Solutions.

TimeTabler vouchers are available for this course

We operate small groups of a maximum trainer to delegate ratio of 1:8 and you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Course dates


Course Outline

The course covers a range of subject including:

  • Understand the timetablers timeline!

  • Understand and be able to design a curriculum

  • Understand different curriculum structures and their impact on timetabling

  • Understand staffing proformas

  • How to collect your data

  • Schematic diagrams

  • Combing charts

  • Conflict matrices

  • Zarraga's rule


  • Staff who are completely new to timetabling.

  • Existing timetablers who have no formal background.

  • Other key members of staff wanting to understand the process and impact of the timetable.


  • No previous timetabling experience is required, but we recommend that you bring a copy of your schools current curriculum diagram if you have one


  • This course is not software specific, it is relevant to any software package you may use.

  • Course starts at 09:30 and finishes at 4:00

  • If redeeming a voucher please state this when booking.

  • Accommodation is not included in the price.

Included in the price

  • Course materials

  • Lunch

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