During this lesson pupils will consider how inequality can affect a person’s chances to succeed in life. Pupils will learn about the founding of the modern welfare state in the UK in the aftermath of World War II and consider its intended purpose. They will then look at what welfare services are provided today and consider situations in which someone might need to access those services. Lastly, they will reflect on what life might be like without the support offered by the welfare state.


This lesson could be taught on its own or as part of a series with Democracy’ (Parts 1-3) and ‘Why do we pay taxes?’ (Parts 1 and 2).