Creative timetabling

How can a school provide their students with a personalised education unless each student has their own personal timetable?


Organising students, teachers and resources is an incredibly complex task that, in order to achieve, results in a very inflexible outcome. Typically, the end result is a fixed schedule for the year that[1]:

  • Cannot be easily changed
  • Is limited to one or two standardised blocks of time
  • Does not enable cross department scheduling
  • Does not allow the student to vary their schedule themselves
  • Does not allow for flexible group sizes
  • Has limited mobility between sets

The idea
Imagine a secondary school where each student has a personalised timetable based on their individual needs and aspirations. A timetable which is updated throughout the year to take account of their progress or need for support. Imagine a school where teachers determine how they want to structure their lessons in terms of time, student groupings, location and collaboration. Where departments have the opportunity to adapt their courses in response to the developing needs of their student cohort.

Personalised timetables:

  • Raise achievement – each student receives the quantity and type of support they need when they need it.
  • Increase engagement – students contribute to the creation of their own timetable.
  • Enable creativity – teachers have the freedom to provide a wide range of learning events.
  • Enable collaboration – teachers and departments can easily work together, sharing themes, topics and classes.

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