Commenting on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s social mobility index, Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust and of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:
“The Commission’s index paints a bleak picture of social mobility in some parts of the UK and confirms our own research that shows that the life chances of disadvantaged young people vary enormously according to where they live.
“As we showed last year in our Mobility Map – and which the Commission confirms today – it isn’t as simple as a North-South divide. As a general rule coastal areas and industrial towns have low social mobility but there are places close to each other with very different results.
“Drilling into this data – and looking at what the best schools in the poorest areas are doing to improve results for their most challenging pupils and applying what they do to other schools – is vital to ensuring that opportunities are raised in low social mobility areas. ”
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