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Timetabling for life-worthy pathways

Project Leader(s): 

It seems that learning approaches and pathways needed for 21st century-fit education need something beyond a traditional timetable. 

This project explores the school timetable as a point of leverage for change that is hidden in plain sight. We're interested in these questions:

  • How are school-based working days divided and why?
  • In what ways do school timetables enable, and constrain, learning in school-based, TEO-based, and workplace-based settings?
  • What changes would school staff and non-school collaboration partners like to make but don’t feel they can because of the timetable?
  • What changes have schools made that have worked well and been retained?

We plan to work with schools and their partners (e.g. community organisations, employers, and TEOs) who have tried different timetabling arrangements, and those which have not done so but seek to. We are interested in experiences of considering or attempting change. This includes the pitfalls and failures we can learn from, not just the success stories.

The first stages involve exploring existing research and analysing responses about timetabling from NZCER’s 2019 National Survey (secondary schools).

Later stages will  involve working alongside some schools and partners to work through timetabling issues. Finally we plan to develop freely-available resources to support schools and collaboration partners. 

The project is expected to run until June 2020. It is funded by NZCER's Government Grant from the Minister of Finance, administered by the Ministry of Education.