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Britain’s social mobility problem has been misunderstood – education is not the great leveller

Britain’s social mobility problem has been misunderstood – education is not the great leveller

For two decades, social mobility has been a central concern in British politics. Increasing equality of opportunity, in the context of rising inequalities between people’s lives, has been a shared goal across the party political spectrum. Politicians have also agreed that educational policy is crucial to achieving this goal. This has made the thrust of […] … learn more→

Education does not always equal social mobility

Education does not always equal social mobility

Educators around the world, particularly those in secondary schools, often default to a compelling story when they are trying to motivate their students: Work hard, achieve well and you will secure a successful future with attractive job prospects. This is currently the conventional wisdom across much of the Western world, with strong links drawn between […] … learn more→

Obstacles to social mobility in Britain date back to the Victorian education system

Obstacles to social mobility in Britain date back to the Victorian education system

Despite the growing number of young people attending university, comparatively few disadvantaged students are accepted into Britain’s most prestigious institutions. Many of the most selective universities have missed recent targets to improve access, as the least privileged students remain more than eight times less likely to gain places than their peers from the most prosperous […] … learn more→

It’s time to rethink what social mobility means

It’s time to rethink what social mobility means

Lord Willetts understands higher education and academics very well. He was never more accurate than when he said in 2011 that you don’t become an academic to improve social mobility. While the government might set more targets for access to higher education and put social mobility in the title of its policy papers for the […] … learn more→