Equality

This introduces where UK tax is spent and income tax rates. It also looks at left- and right-wing attitudes to tax and spending. Note: the YouTube videos are deliberately provocative and do not represent the views of compilers.

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Overview of task

This introduces where UK tax is spent and income tax rates. It also looks at left- and right-wing attitudes to tax and spending. Note: the YouTube videos are deliberately provocative and do not represent the views of compilers.

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Strand

Financial Maths

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Prior knowledge

Previous knowledge of calculating percentages would be useful.

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

AQA

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Suggested approaches

Initially discuss where the money goes and how it is collected. Then work out the tax payable for different incomes using a spreadsheet or calculator. The students can then watch the videos and discuss any bias or assumptions. The main activity is for the students to choose (or be given) a political viewpoint, then decide on a tax regime which raises the same £156million generated by income tax. Students can then present their schemes and explain how they would be fair, using examples of low/middle/high earners.

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Resources/documentation

In addition to this overview, there are:

  • Student worksheet (Word)
  • PowerPoint presentation

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Relevant digital technologies

Access to a calculator or to a spreadsheet is needed. Internet access is required for the presentation.

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Possible extensions

Students can introduce complex tax regimes and use ‘goal seek’ in Excel to set a tax rate.

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Acknowledgement

This resource was developed by Gordon Noblett at Accrington and Rossendale College.