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Policy

The Sutton Trust ensures social mobility is at the top of the political agenda. Working with the government, private sector, policymakers and leading political stakeholders, 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.

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. Our expertise is sought on select committee consultations on academies, school funding, careers guidance, early years, higher education reform and other areas of education policy.

We lead on the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility. We coordinated its parliamentary inquiry into access into the leading professions, signposting our evidence-based research and programme expertise. During 2015 and 2016, we persuaded former Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to announce in her education white paper that she would introduce a programme to support highly able students. We also effectively lobbied with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to avoid changing the terms of the pupil premium through the spending review.