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Planning Your Timetable
With many schools about to start
generating elective lines for 2019,
I thought it might be timely to post
some helpful tips.
The elective line generation process is
a critical phase in preparing a timetable.
Get it right and you have laid a strong
foundation for a great outcome.
Get it wrong and there are sure to
be headaches along the way not to
mention your Christmas holidays may
be at risk!
The old saying, ‘Fail to plan, plan to fail’
could not be more true. Before you even
launch your online subject selection
forms, you should be thinking about the
end solution. Consider the size of your
cohort, the resources available at your
school and the number of subjects you
may be offering. You should also think
about how your lines will fit against lines
in other years and what relationships
should exist within the set of lines
that you are about to generate. For
example, should you run two ancient
history classes in the same line to
make collapsing one of those classes
easier later on? Or should you perhaps
schedule biology and investigating
science together in case students
who opted to study biology find it too
As a standard, schools should be
generating lines with multiple year
data sets. If you have a structure that
depends on staged based curriculum
delivery then this is obviously essential.
However, even for a comprehensive
NSW secondary school, when
generating lines in Year 11, you should
be layering years 12, 10 and 9 into the
solution so you can discover potential
When placing classes into your line
solution, pay careful consideration to
your teaching and rooming resources.
Think about part-time teachers and
aligning them into complementary
lines to enable better spreads in the
timetable. This is a common mistake
made by schools and consequences
include moving lessons before or after
school, poor spreads or split classes -
none of which are desirable.
When you think you have a solution,
test it out before signing off. It doesn’t
take a lot of time to produce a draft
timetable if all the proper planning,
structure and considerations have
been taken into account. Refining this
process will also make the task of
testing your lines much more efficient.
It’s highly likely that you’ll find an
unforeseen issue in your solution, but
don’t be disheartened. Remember that
this is the perfect time to find them
because you are in a position to resolve
them in the lines.
Follow this outline when generating
your lines to be in the best position for
success when the time comes to finish
Michael Emmanuel, Group Managing
Director, Edval Education
At Edval Education, we believe in
helping schools use time as efficiently
as they can by challenging traditional
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