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Rooms - Preferred or Home Rooms

How to allocate Preferred or Rooms in Timetable Construction. This article is intended for Admin. (Read time: 2 minutes)

Last updated: 20/07/2022


In VSware, a 'Preferred Room' or 'Home Room' is a room that a teacher would prefer to teach their classes in (that is unless they require a specialist room for one or more classes). Setting a preferred room means the solver will try it's best to allocate the teacher their preferred room.

Step 1 -  Setting a preferred room

Go to the three lines > Timetable Construction > Select the file > Select 'Step 3, Teacher Data'. 

Specify the preferred room for a teacher by selecting the room on the far right hand side of the screen across from the teacher.


Restrictions can massively hinder a timetable so should only be put in place when absolutely necessary. 


For detailed information on how to specify that a room (specialist or general) is compulsory for some or all lessons of a class, please visit our Rooming a Timetable article 


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