Time table is a framework to run the
school properly. Time table is a mirror
that reflects the entire educational
program followed in the school. A
timetable can list homework, study times,
work schedules, appointments and other
activities of the school. School time-table
is the complete guideline for the
There are seven types of a time-table.
Master Time Table:
Vacant period time-table
Co-curricular activities time-table
Importance of time table
It ensures orderly work
It saves time and energy
It ensures right allocation of time for different
It ensures proper distribution of work among
It develop regularity and alertness in students and
It helps to maintain discipline and order
Content of a time table
Time of beginning and ending of the school day
Time of beginning and ending of each period
Subjects and activities offered during a specific
Name of the teachers engaging each subject
Name of the teachers in charge of each division
Principles of time table construction
Principle of fatigue
The best period for the fatigue creating subjects are the second and third
period in the morning and second period in the afternoon. Mother tongue
and manual works do not cause much fatigue. The first and fourth periods
in the forenoon and the first and third periods in the afternoon can be set
apart for these.
Principle of variety
It is better not to have the same subject for the two consecutive
periods. There should be alteration for mental and physical task.
Principle of justice
Work among the members of staff should be equally distributed. No
teacher should be asked to teach a subject for which he is not qualified.
Principle of rest and recreation
Rest and recreation are essential for children, so provision should be
made for rest and recreation
Principle of flexibility
The time table should be flexible and not rigid. It should be designed to
make necessary changes according to the circumstances.
This time table gives a complete, correct and comprehensive
picture of the entire school program.
It is consolidated time table.
This time table is meant to be used by the principal .
It helps in supervising the teachers work.
It indicates the detailed work of individual teachers.
It is a combined time-table of all the classes in a school.
A copy of it should be kept in the principal’s office as well as
This time table shows the daily program
of a class .
It defines the distribution of each subject
for each class.
It specifies that what a particular teacher
will teach in particular class , about
It fixes the responsibility of teacher for a
complete subject .
It indicates the breaks and the periods for
games and other co-curricular activities.
This timetable focuses on the teacher.
The whole course is distributed teacher-
This is useful for teachers as it indicates
where he/she will teach a subject.
Teachers’ time-tables should also indicate
a schedule of their non-academic duties.
This time-table showing the vacant periods of all the
teachers should also be prepared.
o This will be helpful in allotting work when some
teacher is on leave.
o This type of time-table will show the teachers
available in a particular period and thus these teachers
may be requested to keep the vacant class occupied
o This is the best way of keeping the classes busy and
using idle time of teachers.
A copy of this should be with the principal so that
he/she can use this to arrange for a substitution when
one of the teachers is absent.
This indicates the games which each class
will be involved with at a particular time.
This time-table shows which particular
group engaged in a particular time, game
at a particular time.
It is showing the different types of
activities in the school and the name of
teacher in-charge of those activities .
The place where they are to be held and
the time when they are to be undertaken.
This avoids duplication of efforts and
wastage of time and energy.
It helps students to select appropriate
activities of their choice.