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'Tax Facts' published by HM Revenue and Customs

'Tax Facts', published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has 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 resource 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 'Tax Facts' resource comprises four short animations and a supporting teachers' pack, which includes detailed lesson plans, group activities, suggestions for discussion, numeracy extension activities, a quiz and a glossary of tax terms. The programme is suitable for use at key stage 4 and post-16. 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.

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