School timetabling for beginners
Stepping up to write the school’s schedule is a fast track to losing friends. But while it’s impossible to keep everyone happy, John Rutter has some advice to minimise the pain
The dark art of school timetabling remains a mystery to all who have not actually written one – an arcane pursuit at the best of times, never mind when a pandemic has been thrown into the mix.
It is a pursuit that deploys language indecipherable to mere mortals: blocks, triples, bands, carousels, disjoints, fit points, homogeneous and heterogeneous options, schematics and principles of compatibility. It is the preserve of the depute (normally, although in a number of cases, the principal teacher of maths or, God forbid, the headteacher), who will lock their door from March through to April ...