Moray House School of Education and Sport

Introduction to effective timetabling

This is an intensive online 3-day secondary school timetabling course for those involved in the construction of the school timetable for the first time or in need of an overview of the basics of the theory and practice of timetabling, particularly with a focus on curriculum for excellence. The next places available are on the course in January 2021.

Programme Overview

“How Good is our School 4” states that the school curriculum should have a clear vision of the school and its community. The needs of the learner should be at the centre of curriculum design and development. The school timetable is the vehicle which supports the delivery of an effective curriculum. The skills of the timetabler are key to bringing any curriculum design into fruition.

Programme Summary

The course will:

  • Develop the basic skills and techniques required to produce a secondary school timetable.
  • Provide a series of in-depth practical exercises based around a real school timetable and real curriculum designs.
  • Promote efficiency within timetabling.
  • Provide an opportunity to share curriculum structures and development ideas with fellow timetablers.
  • Introduce techniques that can widen curricular offerings to learners.
  • Demonstrate software that supports the timetabling process.

Who is the course for?

Headteachers, Senior School Managers, Principal Teachers, Business Managers and staff with a keen interest in learning how to timetable.

Course Details


  • Wednesday 20 January - Friday 22 January, 2021

The timings are:

  • Wednesday: 9 30 - 5.00pm
  • Thursday: 9.30 - 5.00pm
  • Friday: 9.30 - 3.30pm

This is an interactive course made up of live sessions, group discussions, practical exercises, independent study and a final personalised Q&A session. Participants will receive a practical pack prior to the course starting which will be used over the 3 days. Some of the paperwork will need to be prepared before the course.

Cost £550

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Please note that the course will be delivered online using the platform Blackboard Collaborate. You can find information regarding the platform by visiting the information pages.

We strongly recommend using Google Chrome, but you can also use Firefox or Safari. If you use other browsers (eg Internet Explorer), you will experience technical difficulties. Please ensure that you have access to a good internet connection before taking part in the course as unfortunately we cannot take responsibility for  connectivity issues.

If you have a good internet connection at home, we would suggest logging in from home if possible as some Local Authorities put up strong firewalls which might interfer with your access to Collaborate.

Please note, if you would like the course to be invoiced to your school, please ensure you organise a purchase order (PO) number through your school office before applying. Unfortunately we are unable to chase each school individually to obtain a PO number.

We also offer a one-day intermediate timetabling course for those who have experience with timetabling or those who have participated in the introductory course who seek to go further.

Please email with any enquiries.

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Booking terms

The Professional Learning Office does not offer refund. If you are unable to attend the course after booking a place, please contact to discuss transferring your booking to another person of your choice.  We will use your personal data to allow us to process your registration, communicate with you and obtain your feedback about this course. We are processing the information about you for these purposes because by registering for the course you give your consent for us to do so. In order to facilitate online bookings for our events, we use Epay - a third party service which is not operated by the University of Edinburgh. Details of Epay’s privacy policy can be found at: We will not share information about you with any other third party. We will hold the personal data you provided us for 12 months after course completion. If you have agreed to be contacted about future events, we will hold your personal data for as long as you subscribe to these updates. Financial data such as a payment record will be held for 7 years. We do not use profiling or automated decision-making processes. If you have any questions, please contact This Privacy Statement is continued at: 


Engaging delivery, content was excellent, and I feel I have a solid grounding in the theory and basic application of timetabling

Participant on the October 2017 Effective Timetabling Course

It provides me with the confidence to create a timetable when the time comes.

Participant on the October 2017 Effective Timetabling Course