'Tax Facts' and 'Junior Tax Facts' published by HM Revenue and Customs
'Tax Facts', and 'Junior Tax Facts' published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), have been awarded the ACT Quality Mark for Citizenship Teaching Resources.
HMRC has designed Tax Facts as an accessible and free resource, to simplify the teaching of how public money is raised and spent. The resource supports different subjects in the curriculum, including Citizenship, PSHE, Business Studies and Mathematics.
ACT have reviewed the resources against our quality principles for effective citizenship education. The resource has been awarded the ACT Quality Mark for Citizenship Teaching Resources. The ACT assessment panel said,
“Tax Facts, from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), is a useful, introductory resource to support Citizenship teaching about taxation in the UK. The resource explains, through the use of a series of animations, the mechanics of the UK tax system and the role of HMRC and how this relates it to the lives of teenagers aged 14 to 18. The animations are supported by a teachers' pack, with lesson plans, a glossary of key tax terms, examples of taxes, a tax quiz and numeracy extension activities. The resource should help pupils develop a better knowledge and understanding of the UK tax system for example, as it relates to their employment (part-time, starting your own business, first jobs etc.). It will be dependent on Citizenship teachers to add more critical perspectives about the effects and impacts of the UK tax system to ensure learners engage with and understand different points of view about taxation.”
The materials were updated in 2019 and have retained their quality mark. The panel noted,
"The additional animations and new Junior Tax Facts materials offer teachers well structured, engaging and accessible teaching resources that address topics on taxation in relation to personal finance and economic education in Citizenship. The amnimations and visuals help to explain some of the more complicated ideas in a way that is particularly helpful for those teaching 8-11 year olds".
The 'Tax Facts' and 'Junior Tax Facts' resources comprises short animations and supporting teachers' notes, which includes detailed lesson plans, group activities, suggestions for discussion, numeracy extension activities, a quiz and a glossary of tax terms. Junior Tax Facts is particularly suitable for use with pupils in key stages 2 and Tax Facts with pupils in key stage 4.
The animations can be viewed on YouTube or DVD copies can be ordered, free of charge, by emailing HMRC. The teachers' pack can be downloaded free of charge from the Times Educational Supplement (TES) website.