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Our research

The Sutton Trust has produced and commissioned over 170 pieces of research on policy and practice across the broad and complex area of social mobility – from the early years through to university access – reflecting the varied obstacles facing young people from non-privileged backgrounds.

Our research has produced some astonishing statistics which reveal the current state of low social mobility in the UK and the disproportionate representation of the most affluent independent school students in top universities and professions. In this way, our research informs government, educational practitioners and policy-makers, helping to shape education and employment policy and practice.

Latest research and some from the archive

Gaps in Grammar

This research brief addresses the government’s argument that grammar schools benefit disadvantaged and highly able students and improve the education system as a whole. The brief starts with a review of grammar school evidence then explores the questions: do grammar schools facilitate social mobility and does the education system as a whole benefit?  Read more>>>

The Creation, Development and Present State of Grammar Schools in England  (2013)

A review of the developments in the grammar school system in England up to June 2013. Read more>>>

Poor Grammar: Entry into Grammar Schools for Disadvantaged Pupils in Britain (2013)

Research into grammar schools admissions reveals that that 2.7% of entrants to grammar schools are entitled to free school meals, whereas 12.7% of entrants come from outside the state sector, largely from independent schools. Read more>>>