Principles of timetabling
1 day (9:30-4pm) Market Harborough, £239+vat

This one-day course is designed to allow users to understand the process of timetabling regardless of software solution!

The course is designed with the ‘new’ timetabler in mind and one who is looking forward to creating their first timetable!

Principles of Timetabling is one of our most popular timetabling courses as it’s about creating your school timetable in house from planning your curriculum, through to a range of checking tools such as contact ratios, conflict matrices, combing charts, schematic to name a few.

During the course we will study a variety of curriculum structures such as form-based, blocked groups, banded curriculums, consistently setted groups and shared groups at Post-16.

Delegated will leave this course equipped to manage the timetabling process efficiently, effectively and productively.

Training materials are provided and the format of the day is very much hands-on.  At MIST Services we appreciate that each school is ‘different’ and as such you can tailor the day to your type of school.  Training data will be available for the following types of schools:

  • 11-16 School (two-week timetable)
  • 11-18 School
  • International School (IB curriculum)
  • Prep/Junior school

We recognise that one set of training doesn’t fit all, meaning you can opt for the most appropriate dataset.

We operate small groups of a maximum trainer to delegate ratio of 1:10 and you will receive a certificate of attendance.  You will also gain access to the on-line course too so you can reference materials at your leisure so please ensure you use your email address when booking.

NB If you are a Gold-Start school you can substitute your 1 hour remote session and reduce the fee by £95 (but can’t be used in conjunction with other vouchers).  Please state on the booking form when booked, discount won’t be applied retrospectively.

Principles of Timetabling - Curriculum diagrams

Curriculum diagrams and structures

  • What is a curriculum diagram
  • Why is a curriculum diagram so important
  • What are the different curriculum structures available to me
  • When/why would you use different curriculum structures
Principles of Timetabling - Costing and Feasibility

Costing and Feasibility of the curriculum

  • Analysis of staffing profile
  • Curriculum audit
  • Curriculum and staffing surplus/deficit calculations
  • Consideration of part timers
Principles of Timetabling - Defining a strategy

Defining scheduling strategy

  • Creating schematic diagrams
  • Generating of combing charts
  • Generating of conflict matrices
  • Understanding Zarraga’s rule
  • Defining a scheduling strategy
Chris Knights-Branch, Trainer

Chris Knights-Branch


I love timetabling, there is no other way to say it!

This one-day course is the first step to your timetabling career.  The task ahead might seem a little daunting but as the saying goes ‘Fail to prepare then Prepare to fail’.  At times when scheduling challenges arise they can be traced back to a lack of a ‘strategy’ or it was never going to work!  Which this course is designed to help you see at the start of the process rather than the end.

This course is great as you get to talk to other timetablers in the same situation.

If you have any questions about the course just fill in the form below.  Look forward to working with you.