Social mobility in the UK remains at the low level it was for those born in 1970, with recent generations of children’s educational outcomes still overwhelmingly tied to their parents’ income, according to the latest Sutton Trust research released today.
Secondary school teachers in England and Wales seriously underestimate the proportion of state school students at Oxford and Cambridge universities, according to an Ipsos MORI survey of nearly 500 teachers published by the Sutton Trust today.
The Sutton Trust held its 10th anniversary celebrations at the Banqueting House on the evening of Monday 15th October. Five-hundred guests - including Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentarians, philanthropists and representatives from schools, universities and Trust-supported projects - heard the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, describe the work of the Trust as an "inspiration to all of us [which] has won over these ten years the huge respect and admiration of the whole of the British community."
Sir Peter Lampl wrote for the Sunday Times on the importance of more excellent teachers.
Announced today, Halifax is launching a £1 million initiative to nurture the talents of bright Yorkshire youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds. This is the only programme of its kind in the UK.
Educational initiatives which are well targeted - particularly at key junctures in young people's educational careers - produce benefits worth an average £15 for every £1 spent, according to a new report based on an analysis by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm.
Sir Peter Lampl wrote for the Sunday Times on new social mobility research.
The Government should establish an independent body to monitor school performance, recommends a report commissioned by the Sutton Trust.
Attached below is a summary of the findings of the latest Sutton Trust research into the educational backgrounds of 500 leading figures in law, politics, medicine, journalism and business.
Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, called on the Government to set up an independent cross-party commission to examine the reasons for UK's very low social mobility, and how it can be addressed. His call came in an interview with John Humphrys on BBC Radio 4's Today programme which is devoting a week to social mobility issues.