Linked Timetable Subjects

Admin > Edit Subjects allows us to set Linked Timetable Subjects. The purpose of this feature is to make a connection between the subject offered by the school and the specific teaching groups for the subject i.e. to tell 4Matrix that '9-1 Biology' is taught in the subject called 'Biology' or Science' on the timetable - and will therefore become available for selection when filtering analysis tools. 

There are effectively 3 pieces of information that form the link - the Subject, the Linked Timetable Subject, and the Subject Class Tag. To link examination subjects to specialist teaching groups, we first choose a subject by clicking it from the subjects list on the left. Subject-related data will now populate the windows.  Next, we select which classes will be linked to this subject by checking the relevant boxes in the Linked Timetable Subjects field.The Timetable Subjects shown in here are populated by the Subject Tags shown in Edit Groups > Classes > Subjects. These subject tags would have been imported from  your MIS, or via a ‘classes’ spreadsheet, along with the associated data series. 

This is an important housekeeping task for the administrator to manage if 4Matrix is going to be of maximum value as a research tool to subject teachers. If we do this for every subject, then, when we use the Subject Profile tool for example and choose to show the classes, only the specific classes tagged as specialist subject groups will show. It also automatically adds classes rows for the subject into Subject Overview. This is important for analysing the differences between teaching groups. If we don't do this then teaching groups for all subjects will show - although users can still filter them manually using the groups control at this stage.