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Peter and Justine

“Social mobility can transform the lives of this country’s young people. It’s also critical for Britain’s future, socially, politically and economically. The [Sutton Scholars programme] is doing the right thing at the right time….It’s another crucial piece of the jigsaw puzzle that can help us identify and pick out those rough diamonds, talented young people growing up in our country – and then help provide them with a structured approach to nurturing and utilising their talent and potential. It’s why the work of the Sutton Trust – and of all of you supporting the Sutton Trust – is so important….Sutton Trust has, of course, been providing high-quality evidence for years – and I hope it continues for many years to come because we need more. Good data can cut through the rhetoric and drive action.”

Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education, pictured with Sir Peter Lampl, speaking at the December 2014 launch of Sutton Scholars



Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Former Prime Minister 2010-2016, shares his thoughts on the work of the Sutton Trust…

“From over 100 pieces of research, to brilliant summer schools that give over 1000 students from disadvantaged backgrounds a first taste of life at a leading university, the Sutton Trust really is what you yourselves say, not just a think tank but a do tank. Not just leading thought, but leading action. I’d like to pay tribute to Sir Peter Lampl and everyone involved in your great work promoting social mobility through education.”

“The Sutton Trust – with Sir Peter at the helm – has a long track record of working tirelessly to extend opportunity to the poorest and most disadvantaged in our society…..For years, the Sutton Trust has sought to reverse the education inequalities that sadly still exist in our society – a goal that lies at the centre of this government’s work, too.”

Nicky Morgan MP, Former Secretary of State for Education, speaking at the Sutton Trust/EEF Pupil Premium Summit, July 2015

Former Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband MP, shares his thoughts on the work of the Sutton Trust…

“The Sutton Trust over the past fifteen years has done an extraordinary job of campaigning for social mobility and equal opportunity in this country, and also making it happen from its summer schools to its academic work, to its lobbying of government. It is a truly extraordinary organisation and I would say it is the best advocate we have in this country among think tanks and that world for creating equal opportunity and making Britain a fairer place.”

“Let me … pay tribute … to the work of the Sutton Trust … for your tireless advocacy – for years now – and promotion of a more socially mobile society. Your voice and, equally important, your activities, are hugely important to the ambition … to allow all our children to fulfil their potential.”

Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister 2010-2015, speaking at the Social Mobility Summit 2012

“Sir Peter and the Trust do so much to fight injustice and help the disadvanated. The Trust’s research shows that how far you travel in this country is determined by your background – where and to whom you were born. That is a national tragedy and one that the Sutton Trust, through its project work, its summer schools, its research and its policy advocacy has tried tirelessly to address. We need the Sutton Trust to hold us to account; to constructively criticise us when we should be better and hold our hand to the tiller.”

Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education 2010-2014

“Increasing social mobility and social justice is what the Sutton Trust is about and it is crucial to the long-term prosperity of this country that we continue our educational reforms and our broader efforts to improve the life chances of all young people.”

Gordon Brown, Prime Minister 2007 – 2010

“Peter Lampl has not only helped tens of thousands of individual children but has had a lasting effect on educational policy, and on the way that people think about the issues facing children from non-privileged backgrounds.”

Tony Blair, Prime Minister 1997 – 2007