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Innovative Approaches to Secondary School Timetabling

About the program

Innovative Approaches to Secondary School Timetabling provides participants with the opportunity to work through and solve their timetabling dilemmas with other secondary school leaders. Don’t be limited by the grid. Participants should attend with a timetabling idea or dilemma they are trying to solve. 

Come with a timetabling idea or need you are looking to implement or a dilemma you are trying to solve.  You will also need to bring the parameters of your current timetable including student cohort numbers, rooming and staffing variables.

Learning intention

By the end of this workshop, it is expected participants will be able to be able to:

  • apply innovative solutions to a timetabling need, issue or dilemma
  • access a network  of secondary school leaders with timetabling responsibilities.

Target audience

Secondary school staff with timetabling responsibilities will benefit from this workshop. Participants who have never timetabled before should enrol in The Art of Secondary School Timetabling

Participants looking for training in using the Student Information System to construct a timetable can access SIS training through the STIMS team in Central Office. 

This workshop does not focus on software training and is not for people who have not previously developed a timetable.

Participant expectations

Participants should attend with their current timetable, including student cohort numbers, rooming and staffing variables. 

About the facilitator

Liz Smith, Associate Principal, Joseph Banks Secondary College, has worked as a deputy principal in metropolitan schools.

Liz has led professional development in curriculum design, best practice teaching and learning, whole school literacy, leadership development and coaching practices to build and sustain capability within schools to develop high-quality teacher practice and to improve educational outcomes for students.

Liz was awarded the prestigious Principals Australia Institute John Laing Award for 2016, recognising her as one of the top five leaders in Western Australia.

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals

  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school.

    Half-day workshop


    27 March 2018
    1 August 2018
    13 November 2018


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Dates and times

Day Date Times
Tuesday 27 March 2018 8.30am to 12.00pm
Wednesday 1 August 2018 8.30am to 12.00pm
Tuesday 13 November 2018 8.30am to 12.00pm

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Institute for Professional Learning
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am. Tea and coffee are available from 7.45am.
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea is provided.


Institute for Professional Learning
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville


Please note, the Institute does not have on-site parking:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to register

  • Register for Innovative Approaches to Secondary School Timetabling on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email


Innovative Approaches to Secondary School Timetabling

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