For the last twenty years I have planned an 11-18 school curriculum, and constructed twenty school timetables. Whilst I do not have a great desire to construct any more timetables, (though I would never say never) I am willing to give advice and tuition as a consultant on curriculum and timetable construction and design.


In the annual curriculum planning cycle, I have developed and used a range of Excel spreadsheets, which are available as models for adaptation.

For timetabling I have used NOVA T6 since its inception (NOVA T4 prior to this). This of course links to SIMS for applying the timetable, and I also have many years of experience of SIMS as the management tool for a secondary school.


  • I hold a current enhanced CRB certificate.
  • I have a first class honours degree in Mathematics and English (MA Dundee 1978).
  • I have a Masters degree in Education (MEd Leeds 1993).
  • I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE York 1979)
  • I have a National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH Leeds 1998).


  • Consultancy service on curriculum planning
  • Consultancy/training on timetable construction
  • Consultancy/advice on NOVA T6 and SIMS curriculum aspects



fern e-mail: oldfern@btinternet.com
Tel: 01751 476005
Mobile: 07881209459
Address: Garth End Cottage
  Roxby Road
  Thornton le Dale
  North Yorkshire
  YO18 7SX