Policy 2017-10-11T13:44:59+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.

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

September 2017 – Westminster Roundup

October 5th, 2017|0 Comments

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

MPs cite Sutton Trust research

August 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The new Parliament has already seen a lot of focus on education and social mobility, with regular mention of Sutton Trust research, even in the weeks leading up to recess.

Commission draws on Sutton Trust research

June 28th, 2017|0 Comments

The Social Mobility Commission has drawn on several Sutton Trust research studies in its latest report.