Classroom activity

Classroom activities

Resources designed to help economics A-level (or equivalent) teachers and students.

These resources are intended to challenge students to think beyond the syllabus and analyse real world issues. They can be used as starter or plenary activities in lessons, or set as an enrichment homework. The questions cover a range of skills, from knowledge to evaluation and interpreting data to written justifications. 

Advising on these is Will Haines, who is currently Head of Department in a school in the North West. Will has 10 years experience teaching economics. 


Student loans

    Link to syllabus: Externalities, supply-side policy

    1) Using the chart above, describe which groups will make higher average repayments and which groups will make lower repayments under the 2023 student loan system compared to the 2022 system.

    2) Evaluate the economic case for, and against, government providing higher education for free rather than providing student loans where lower earners pay back less than higher earners.


      1) Using the chart above, describe how different the homeownership rates of people born in the 1970s compares to younger and older generations, and how that has differed as this generation has aged.

      2) One likely reason for falling levels of homeownership for younger generations is that the prices of houses have risen much faster than average earnings, particularly between the mid 1990s and 2007. Describe potential reasons for rising house prices and policies that a government could use to reduce house prices in order to boost homeownership.

      Income inequality

        Link to syllabus: labour market 

        1) Compare average disposable household income growth from 2020-21 to 2021-22 with the growth from 2019-20 to 2020-21 for the bottom quartile (25th percentile and under), 50th percentile and top quartile (75th percentile and over).

        2) If you were given this graph as Chancellor of the Exchequer, how would it inform your economic policy?