Tax Facts training for Welsh teachers launched at USW

HMRC Junior Tax Facts launch

For the first time, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has joined with a university to enable trainee teachers to deliver a programme on the facts of tax to local school children.

More than 200 trainee teachers, studying at the University of South Wales (USW), will be trained to teach ‘Junior Tax Facts’ to primary school children in English and Welsh-medium schools. This award-winning tax education programme for young people was developed by HMRC and is available for schools to use, free of charge.

HMRC will deliver the awareness sessions to the trainee teachers based at USW’s Newport Campus, over the next academic year.

‘Junior Tax Facts’ offers a very simple introduction to tax for 8 to 11 year-olds. The programme consists of an engaging animation and lesson plans, to help young children understand where the money comes from that pays for all the things that are essential to them, their families and communities – like local transport, the police, doctors and their school.

It also gives children the opportunity to practice important skills that they’ll need in later life, including communication and listening, literacy and numeracy, and negotiating and debating.

The ‘Junior Tax Facts’ programme will be available shortly in Welsh. ‘Tax Facts’, which is HMRC’s tax education programme for 11 to 14 year-olds, will be available in Welsh in Spring 2018.

Maureen Pamplin, Head of Sustainability at HMRC, said:

“We are excited about this new initiative and keen that it will be replicated in other universities across the country. We worked closely with teachers to develop this material and the University of South Wales is now leading the way in helping teachers to take it into the classroom, so that children understand what tax is, how the money is used and the link with vital public services.

“When they move into secondary school, our ‘Tax Facts’ programme for the older age group, helps to prepare young people for the financial realities of life, so they understand how tax works and know what to expect when they start earning.”

Jordan Allers, USW lecturer in Primary Studies, said:

“Making sure our undergraduates appreciate the important role teachers play in giving youngsters an understanding of the world beyond the classroom is a vital part of what we do here at USW.

“Working with the HMRC specialists on this project means that we are able to deliver even more real-life experience to our students and we are delighted that we have been involved in the development of this exciting project.”