Sir Peter Lampl calls for real political action in response to the Social Mobility Commission report.
Responding to the Social Mobility Commission’s ‘Time for change’ report, Sir Peter Lampl, Founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust and Chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), said:
“Britain’s social mobility is, together with the United States, the lowest in the developed world. We at the Sutton Trust have played our part in highlighting this by putting social mobility on the map. Also together with the Education Endowment Foundation we have helped hundreds of thousands of young people.
“Improving this low social mobility has been a priority for successive governments. Alan Milburn is right to say that this has delivered ‘too little’ progress. In some cases – the attainment gap at primary school, for example – real improvements have been made. However this has not been sustained in secondary schools. There has been a failure to level the playing field and improve opportunities for young people from disadvantaged families.
“What we need is real political action that supports disadvantaged young people at every stage of their life, from before school starts, through to university and beyond.”
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