Senior Parliamentary and Public Affairs Officer, Javneet Ghuman, reports back on the first meeting of the APPG on social mobility looking at the regional attainment gap.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility is launching an inquiry into the gap in educational attainment between pupils from different parts of the UK.
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.
Lord Storey cites Sutton Trust research in a short debate in the House of Lords Grand Committee on the improvement of educational attainment of boys at state schools.
Baroness Tyler of Enfield today tabled an oral question in the House of Lords on the barriers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face in accessing elite universities and top professions.
Ruth Davidson MSP (Leader of the Conservative Party) opened First Minister’s Questions with a question on our Global Gaps report. The report discussion lasted for the first 10 minutes with Kezia Dugdale MSP (Leader of the Scottish Labour Party) then also using her opening question to ask the First Minister about our report.
November was a busy month for the Sutton Trust with lots of parliamentary activities centered on education and social mobility.
The Sutton Trust has been mentioned throughout the debates in parliament on the government’s grammar schools policy and proposals for “schools that work for everyone”.
The Prime Minister Theresa May gave her first major domestic policy speech on Friday 9th September, mentioning the Sutton Trust’s pioneering work through the Open Access scheme with Belvedere College as an example of a good independent school sector initiative.
Social Mobility APPG Access into Leading Professions Inquiry Session Two – Access into Medicine – a summary
The issue of access into medicine emerged as one of particular interest following the publication of the Sutton Trust’s report Leading People 2016. This session investigated why the medical profession is recruiting such a disproportionate number of people educated in the independent sector.