It’s the best job in the world. It’s the toughest job in the world.   A career educating the next generation is not for the faint of heart and many teachers will agree that both these statements hold equally true.  As many schools now face high levels of teacher turnover and acute shortages in Victoria, throughout the UK and most US states, the question of what can be done to attract, support and retain valuable staff has become a hot topic in

Teacher absence is bad news for everyone concerned. For the school, who must organise a substitute teacher and possibly incur associated costs. For colleagues of the absent teacher, who pick up the slack in setting work, teaching additional classes and dealing with last minute administration. For the students, who miss out on valuable learning time. And, most significantly, for the poor, ailing teacher, for whom an unplanned absence will often generate more work

It’s a question we’re regularly asked and a subject we could discuss all day: “Why don’t Women Timetable?”  Of course, our response is always the same: that women do timetable. And very well too, we hasten to add.   But not as often as they should.   “Men are much more likely to take on the role of timetabler” says Edval UK CEO, Chris Cooper ‘I’ve found from 20 years of timetabling and hundreds of interactions with

There’s little doubt that teaching is one of the greatest jobs in the world, but it’s also one of the most highly demanding. With teacher shortages now reported in Victoria, throughout the UK and in most US states, schools across the world are now considering how to help their teachers feel happy and supported. After all, everyone needs to feel valued and sometimes it’s the little things that can make a difference between

The prospect of completing your first timetable can be more than a little daunting. After all, it's the most important document in the school and key to success at every level.  The new timetabler will find that everyone in the school has a strong opinion about the timetable, yet there are few places to turn for expert support. This makes it one of the most rewarding and prestigious roles in the school, but,

A truly global company, we work with over 850 schools from different continents of the world. This means that in the 20 years since the first Edval timetable was generated, our team has seen a lot of school schedules! When two of our UK consultants recently travelled to Australia for some advanced honing of their Edval software skills, they were struck by some international differences in timetable construction. This led us to wonder what we