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Dear Liviu and Volker,
Thank you so much for your help. I believe I will try FET-BP first and I will certainly let you know how I get on. I am in touch with Darren so I will pick his brains for some guidance on this too. I really appreciate all your help. Have a great day, Samantha

I think FET can help us do our timetable: I have been watching your videos and reading the manuals and forum posts. Thank you for all this information. I am new to timetabling and I would really like your guidance on the best of your programmes to use to suit our school.

I need to create a timetable for our Middle (G6-8) and Senior Schools (G9-12). The Middle school students are in the same class for most subjects. They have 3-4 options for Arts, Languages and Math. In the past the classes have been completely randomly scheduled.

The schedule is the same for Senior School but in Senior School the timetable is normally created on a block schedule. In Grades 9 and 10, students have many similar classes but some options. In Grades 11 and 12, students have a wide variety of choice over their subjects and we normally try to schedule so that almost every student can do all their options.

Teachers teach across both Middle and Senior Schools. We have approximately 500 students and 60 teachers. Students have already selected their courses for next year and I have this information in excel (or csv).

Am I best to:
1) Do course planning using StE1To
2) Then export from StE1To and finish the timetable in FET? I believe FET alone will be difficult to use with many student options.

Or should I use a custom version of FET instead, and if so, which one?

Thank you so much in advance for your guidance. Have a great weekend! Samantha