Policy 2017-12-11T13:06:36+00:00

The Sutton Trust ensures social mobility is at the top of the political agenda. Having delivered successful educational programmes for nearly 20 years, we have built a reputation as a leading force for improving social mobility for the most highly able young people from low and middle income backgrounds. Working with the government, policymakers, leading political stakeholders and others, we influence policy debate through research, programme expertise and policy development. Our aim is to ensure the most able and disadvantaged young people have access to the best educational and career opportunities.

We regularly respond to government and select committee consultations and evidence sessions, produce briefings ahead of Parliamentary debates and questions, and influence the passage of legislation. Our expertise has been sought on a number of topics including on academies, school funding, careers guidance, early years, and higher education reform.

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Policy Factsheets

“More than half of the gaps in achievement at age 11 are due to inequality that was already present at age five.”

Find the full factsheet on Early Years here.

“There is a low and declining percentage of the public (from 43% in 2003 to 29% in 2017) who believe today’s youth will have a better quality of life than their parents.”

Find the full factsheet on Social Mobility here.

“34% of adults in England aged 16-75 say a degree-level apprenticeship would be better for somebody’s future career prospects than a university degree, compared to 21% who think a traditional degree would be better.”

Find the full factsheet on Apprenticeships here.

Students from households in the lowest 40% of earners take on average debts of £51,600, compared to £38,400 in the top 20% of households.”

Find the full factsheet on Student Debt here.

Our Mobility Manifesto

The Sutton Trust’s Mobility Manifesto sets out ten practical policy steps to put social mobility at the heart of the 2017 election campaign.

From early years education through to fair and transparent employment practices, social mobility must be a key consideration for the new government in education and employment policy and practice. The manifesto urges better provision for disadvantaged pupils in early years and school settings, alongside dedicated funding for the highly able and fairer admissions to comprehensives, grammar schools and independent schools. It also urges a ban on unpaid internships, along with more advanced and higher apprenticeships, as well as best practice in widening access in employment.

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View our Social Mobility Map: How does your constituency compare?

The Social Mobility Map is based on the Social Mobility Index, which looks at five measures of social mobility through education in each parliamentary constituency in England.

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Latest Parliament and Policy News

‘Vice-chancellors need to wake up’

December 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Robert Halfon, Chairman of the Education Select Committee, mentions Sutton Trust's evidence submission in an article for the Times on the inquiry into the value for money in higher education 

November 2017 – Westminster Roundup

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

Keep up to date with this months key education appointments, announcements and mentions of The Sutton Trust and EEF.

Response to Milburn resignation

December 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Sir Peter Lampl responded to the news that Alan Milburn and his colleagues have resigned from the Social Mobility Commission.