Schools Looking to Switch Exam Clocks from Analogue to Digital Clocks
Feedback from teachers suggests that secondary school pupils cannot read analogue clocks, leading to many schools now using digital clocks
Teachers have highlighted that a large proportion of students in GCSE and A-Level examinations are unable to read the time from analogue clocks, having become so familiar with reading it in a digital format.
A conference was recently held in London by PiXL (Partners in Excellence), a not-for-profit partnership of over 2,500 secondary schools, sixth forms, primary schools and alternative education providers. A teacher speaking at the event said "It is amazing the number of students I am coming across in Year 10, 11 and in sixth form who do not know how to tell the time.
"We live in a world where everything is digital. We are moving towards a digital age and they do not necessarily have analogue watches anymore and they have mobile phones with the time on."
This was corroborated by delegates across a range of secondary schools, who confirmed that it was common for students sitting GCSE exams to be unable to read an analogue clock.
This sparked further debate on Twitter, with many teachers having similar experiences. The rise in popularity of new technology is largely thought to be to blame for the decline in familiarity with the analogue format, as people largely switch to reading the time on digital devices such as smartphones and PCs.
Some educators highlighted that using traditional analogue clocks in exam conditions could cause unnecessary stress, in an already high-pressure situation. Using a digital clock in exam halls is thought to lessen the number of mistakes made reading the time, displaying it in a format as straightforward as possible. It can also make things easier for students with dyslexia. Many teachers have confirmed on social media that they have already made the switch from analogue to digital clocks.
Although there is a Year 1 national curriculum requirement in maths for pupils learning to read an analogue clock, there is no further requirement for students to demonstrate this ability again at a later point in their education.
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