In addition, the benefits of the software have been on-going with our school’s migration to the Edval Daily and Staff software which have significantly improved the schools daily organization and allowed for savings which have made the cost of the software cost-neutral.
Edval Timetables is the best timetabling software for high schools in NSW and superior to other timetabling systems that I have experienced working in the Department of Education.
A major concern of ours at the start was the level of training and support we would receive as we operate in a very different time zone on a far away continent. However, these concerns were unfounded as Cathy and her team have proved very helpful through out the whole process. Support and advice has been available through e-mails, phone calls and Skype and Cathy has travelled to Ireland each year to provide training to the growing number of Edval users here. Edval is a system that has proved very successful in our school and one that will be used for years to come.
eg “This new system is excellent, whoever chose to use this system made a great decision. Well done.” and “Congratulations on the new system for booking parent-teacher interviews. It was perfect with no time wasted.” The clock display and chimes were excellent. Thank you for your assistance in the implementation of the process. I have found EdvalPTN to be a great product. It promised much and certainly delivered on it’s promises.
The daily cover module is extremely useful and has made my work more efficient and more accurate. The Edval company is responsive to user suggestions and has an excellent support service.
We also found Edval produced far better elective lines than our previous timetable software, meaning more student choices satisfied.
The software, service and solutions are excellent, and I would happily recommend Edval to any other school.
Our investigation into the optimal schedule of the school day would not be as advanced if we were using our old software as it would have taken far longer and also reduced the possible avenues of investigation as fewer models could have been produced in the timeframe allocated.
We are excited about the timetabling capabilities of Edval.
The capacity to shuffle students across courses and optimise their choices was particularly impressive. Similarly the speed with which complex staffing problems could be solved by Edval and which removed the need for lengthy analysis by timetablers to find solutions was a key feature of this timetable package.
Once the timetable was in operation the ease with which students could be removed or added to classes or a different teacher or room could be assigned to a class improved the general efficiency of our systems in the school.
Being a fairly intuitive program, it allowed others to be inducted into its usage relatively easily, which was an advantage with changing personnel. The add-ons such as “Whereis” to locate students or teachers quickly or book classrooms on line have proved highly popular with both teaching and administrative staff.
The level of support provided by Edval personnel was perhaps its greatest strength. Updates were regularly made, technical information patiently conveyed , issues identified, sensible suggestions put forward, possibilities exhaustively explored and realistic solutions found.