TimeTabler Associates, Training & Courses
However, because timetabling has become more complicated* in recent years you may wish to consider the Extra Training & Support outlined below. This extra and higher-level Support has become increasingly popular over recent years, as timetabling becomes ever more demanding. You can learn both the general principles of timetabling and/or the specifics of using TimeTabler or Options.
[* recent complications include : the E-Bacc in England, CfE in Scotland, the IB, ‘consistently-setted’ blocks, options ‘Pathways’, ‘vertical’ registration groups, options in Year 9 as well as years 10 & 11, consortium days and other fixed points, PPA time, ‘primary’ organisation or more setting in Year 7, ‘vertical’ teaching groups, reductions in staffing, etc, etc.]
In addition, timetabling is often a lonely task, and meeting fellow timetablers on courses or workshops can be an enormous boon, and give you a fresh viewpoint and impetus. There is also the opportunity to network with your fellow timetablers, and share ideas and solutions.
The Associates listed below are all experienced timetablers. They can give you extra Help on-site in-school if you wish.
Some of them also provide Courses. Please note that these courses can be on general timetabling principles, or on using the TimeTabler software in particular, or both. And they can be out of school (at a training centre), or they can be on-site in your school. MIST Services also offer workshops and webinars. (If you need help with Supply Cover, see below).
All the Courses are advertised in the monthly eNewsLetter …see the bottom of the page to sign-up for this.
If you feel that you need Extra Help, or if you would like to go on a Course, then there is a wide choice … provided at 5 levels.
Our TimeTabler Associates:
MIST Services offer a wide range of services and support on Options, Curriculum design and Timetabling, helping both new and experienced timetablers throughout the timetabling process.
They offer courses on timetabling principles, as well as specific support for TimeTabler and Options, including in-school on-site training around the world on how to use these programs in your school.
- Timetabling workshop week
- Student Options choices
- Introduction to using TimeTabler
- Principles of Timetabling with TimeTabler
More details of TimeTabler and Options courses can be found on the MIST website.
If you wish to use the TOOLS on-line feature in Options but don’t wish to host it at school, MIST will host it for you. Details here.
Chris Knights-Branch and his colleagues work with academies, state schools, independent schools and International schools, using TimeTabler, Facility Scheduler and Nova T6. As such they have a unique insight of all three solutions and are able to advise you, should you be migrating from Facility Scheduler or Nova T6 to TimeTabler.
Other TimeTabler Associates
Other Associates who can help you with on-site in-school support, as well as doing the timetable for you if you want to out-source it, include:
Mervyn Wakefield has provided timetabling courses all over the UK, as well as doing timetabling for schools.
Although his courses are mainly about timetabling principles, he demonstrates TimeTabler as well.
He also advises individual school head-teachers & management teams on many aspects of school organisation and management. He provides timetabling courses at 3 levels and usually includes some computer-based timetabling as part of the course, and providing free timetabling spreadsheets to course members.
He also runs occasional courses specifically on TimeTabler.
The web-site at www.education-management-services.co.uk gives details.
Tel: 01252 623 397 (Hampshire)
Mobile: 07946 482360
John Clark writes: “I have been involved in timetabling since the early 1990s. Since early retirement in 2008, I have provided training on the use of TimeTabler to more than 100 schools, including preparatory schools, 11-16 and 11-18 comprehensives and academies, senior independent schools, special schools and international schools in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Germany, Thailand, Ukraine and Zimbabwe. I have also scheduled the complete timetable for a variety of schools, both at short notice in emergency situations or on an annual basis. I am also experienced in the use of the Options and StaffCover modules.
Tel: 01663 766 829 (Manchester)
Paul Murphy writes: “I have been timetabling for over 30 years, and run timetabling courses both in individual schools and for groups of schools. I have worked with many schools assisting them to produce their school timetable, in some cases remotely but mostly working with the school timetabler on site. Types of school range from small and large 11 to 18, small and large 11 to 16 and Sixth Form Colleges.
I can assist schools in checking the viability of curriculum structures and costing the staffing needs. I assist in testing the staffing of the curriculum to improve flexibility. According to the school’s structure I will guide the timetabler though the appropriate steps to produce the timetable.”
Debbie Hayton, Timetable Support UK
Debbie Hayton writes: “I am Head of Physics and timetabler at a school in the West Midlands. I have been timetabling for ten years and I am proficient in the use of TimeTabler and Options. I can assist with the implementation of both packages, advise on pre-planning the deployment of resources, and suggest solutions when it does not seem to work.”
Mobile: +8613817132036 (China)
David Miles writes: “I have been involved in timetabling since 1995 – originally using card and paper methods and then moving on to computer systems. I have used TimeTabler, Options and StaffCover for over 10 years now and find them the most effective combination for planning and implementing school curricula. I have written curriculum plans and timetables for UK, US, bilingual and International schools and can help senior staff and advise on methods of curriculum creation, staff consolidation and streamlining. I can work with your existing timetabler or create the complete timetable ready for import to your school’s MIS.
I am based in Shanghai, China and I am happy to travel or work remotely to fit your school’s needs.
Please do not hesitate to contact me to set up a video call to discuss your requirements.”
Associates in Scotland
Tel: 01786 451 740 (Stirling)
Mobile: 07711 280374
Terry Howe writes: ” I am a retired Depute Head; 40 years’ experience in timetabling including very large and split site schools, 25 years of which have involved computer aided construction.
I have been a TimeTabler & Options user for over 15 years. I’m willing to help at whatever level for both TimeTabler and Options. Travel is not a problem.”
Tel: 01698 264725 (Lanarkshire)
Mobile 07515 714996
Neil Farquharson writes: “I am a recently retired Depute Head Teacher who worked at Carluke High School, South Lanarkshire. I dealt with pupil’s options, created the yearly timetable and input all this data into the SEEMiS system. I also had the daily task of organising staff Cover.
Options – My school had a free choice of options for pupils in S3 to S6, and I am very familiar with the Options software and the advantages that it brings. Creating a column structure every session for each of these year groups with no difficulties was the norm.
TimeTabler – I have been timetabling for 15 years and I have found that the TimeTabler software deals with complex curriculum models very easily. I also have the experience, and know the value of, setting up the SEEMiS system properly to ensure a smooth import from TimeTabler . Over the 4 years that the import has been available I have never had an issue. What a timesaver it is!
StaffCover – I am very familiar with all aspects of this software as I used it, on a daily basis, for over three years.
I’m happy to help with any of this software, and travel throughout Scotland is not a problem.”
Mobile 07905 241086
Derek Simpson writes: “I was the depute Headteacher at Dunbar Grammar School with responsibility for the timetable; later at Knox Academy. I have been using the TimeTabler software for over 7 years. In that time the structure of the school day and curriculum changed with remarkable regularity.
A number of years ago the school moved to a free choice model S2 to S3, and the combination of Options with the TimeTabler software meant that this has been delivered every year since with no real issues.
The challenge of timetabling a new structure to cope with CfE is yet to come in reality. Familiarity with the software has allowed me to try various options and schematics through to a finished timetable. These have then been analysed for “efficiency” and “good timetabling” which I think have contributed to a greater understanding of the issues faced in meeting the requirements of CfE. I am happy to share this experience with anyone as well as offer myself as help or support to those using the TimeTabler software.”
Associate in Ireland
Tel: (00353) 021 4633686
Mobile: (00353) 086 3111598
Liam O’Brien writes: “As an Assistant Principal (Post Holder in the earlier years) I have been responsible for producing the timetable at Midleton CBS for nearly 30 years.
For most of those years the timetable has been produced using Keith Johnson’s excellent TimeTabler programme – previously I used rubber and pencil!! Now retired I still take on timetabling responsibilities for the school and I am also available to assist schools who would like to learn more about TimeTabler software and how well it can apply to schools in the Irish context.”
For courses on-site in International schools please see MIST Services, above.
Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)
This association sometimes organises lectures for members, with an outline of timetabling principles. They do not usually include any timetabling by computer.
Website : ASCL courses
Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh
Moray House organise 3-day courses, mainly based on traditional methods but with a session on using TimeTabler and Options.
The course leader is usually Grant Whytock, assisted by Derek Simpson.
Website : University-of-Edinburgh-Timetabling-Page
If you need help in finding Supply Cover, see here.
The Timetabler’s CookBook: If you are unable to attend a course, or if you prefer to learn from a book, or if you want to revise the timetabling principles that you learnt on a course, or if you want to study a topic in more depth, then you need a copy of Keith Johnson’s book:
‘Timetabling – A Timetabler’s CookBook‘.
This is the timetabler’s ‘bible’.
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We will answer any questions you may have about using the software with your particular curriculum.