A strong and stable seating plan? I need a reshuffle

A seating reshuffle takes two minutes – much easier than Theresa May’s rejig, writes Jo Brighouse. The only problem is that, sometimes, it works for just about as long as it takes to plan…

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We started the new term with a classroom reshuffle: it took four minutes and produced zero refusals or resignations.

With some classes, the seating plan is something you pay little attention to – a quick rejig each term to make sure everyone gets their turn near the board, with a few tweaks when left-handers and personalities clash.

Then there’s the other type of class – the ones who need a seating plan rethink every second week, when you realise that Danny can no longer be in the eyeline of Tyler or Joe, Kaylee can’t sit near Zoe and there is no seat yet invented that will keep Sam from ...

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