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Show Me The Money!

March 9, 2012

My colleague, Lola Blatch, has put together a great lesson on the economy – it’s particularly timely with the Budget due to be announced on March 21. It’s a three stage simulation game/discussion (if that makes any sense!). Each stage starts with a video like the one above.

Stage 1: The Chancellor (you!) has £50 billion to spend. Students are divided into Government departments and must decide how much of this £50 billion their department deserves. They then have to convince you the Chancellor that they merit this amount.

Stage 2: Due to drastic cuts, the Government must claw back £20 billion of the £50 billion it just allocated. Each department must now decide where the cuts should be made, and which departments should suffer the greatest cuts.

Stage 3: Riots have broken out due to the cuts. The Government desperately needs to raise more money to pay for the damage caused by the riots and bolster services hit by the cuts. How should this be done – through a rise in Income tax, VAT or by co-opting charities or private businesses to run some public services?

I have attached some of the resources we have used for this, so feel free to download and adapt them for your own use.

Show me the MONEY!!!!!

Transport help sheet GCSE

Social Security help sheet GCSE

NHS help sheet GCSE

Education help sheet GCSE

Defence help sheet GCSE

How would you raise the money

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jonathan Gullis permalink
    March 15, 2012 9:19 pm

    This is a really great way to get pupils engaged in an issue which to most adults in the UK is seen a ‘dry’ and uninteresting. Hence why I think this lesson is superb and getting pupils engaged and also to understand about what is taking place and tough decisions that are being made.

  2. Gloria-Gisele permalink
    March 24, 2012 7:46 pm

    Thank you for sharing this excellent resource. I’ve used with KS3 & 4 with great success. Very timely too.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    March 25, 2012 7:24 am

    Thanks Gloria – glad it’s been useful.

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