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

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! Plan The old saying, ‘Fail

John leaves school early on a Tuesday to collect his daughter from creche. Rachel's moving to part-time hours next year to finish her PhD. Mary’s team start late on a Friday so they can collaboratively plan for the week ahead. Best of all? Each of these requests were accommodated in a matter of minutes by the school timetabler. Here at Edval, we’re great champions of well-managed flexible working practices. We believe that part-time staff

It’s that time of year when hard-working timetablers lock themselves in offices across the UK. Brows are furrowed. Coffee is consumed. Fearful colleagues tiptoe past, sharing whispered rumours of progress.   “Spare a thought for the timetabler”, @TeachTalks advises the Twitter community, because everyone knows that the pressure is on. After all, it’s the most important job in the school and key to success in all areas     But does timetable creation really need to be