School Calculator Guidance and Policy
Avoid the complications of teaching with different calculators
Avoid mixed calculator use in class
To help you communicate calculator use in your school, we have developed some calculator policy templates for you to share with students and parents to reduce the problems caused by use of poor quality and mixed calculators. You can customise the templates for your school and the level of control you require.
Simply choose the template link below that best relates to your school’s policy.
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Why using different calculators doesn’t add up
Not all calculators are created equal. Button layouts, menus and functionality all vary from device to device, and that can cause problems in the classroom.
We understand that a teacher’s job can be made more difficult if students use different calculators, and the learning process will vary across the class. If students use different calculators, some will have access to devices that match up perfectly with the teacher’s instructions, while other students are scratching their heads. Worse still, some calculators may not even offer the functionality required to reach the result. When learning from home this puts students at a significant disadvantage.
Research shows that over 80% of teachers recommend Casio scientific calculators. The reason is simple – alternative calculators often miss key functionality. It leaves students with many challenges, including: the inability to enter recurring decimals; no access to equivalent ratios; and the inability to calculate tables of values for graphs.
Teachers can request a free licence for use in classrooms, remote and blended learning (available in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Ireland).
The free licence lasts for 1 year for demonstrating the calculator and preparing activities and is an ideal tool to embed mathematical understanding
Casio offer a large suite of resources available for UK schools and cover teaching with calculators alongside the most popular subject topics for GCSE and A Level.
Casio offer a range of calculators for the large variety of maths, science and engineering courses across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Compare features and technical specifications of all current calculators.