The Social Mobility Commission, a government-sponsored body which promotes social mobility in England, has today published a report examining the impact of government policy on improving social mobility in the UK. The report cites Sutton Trust research several times including reports such as Chain Effects, Selective Comprehensives, Extra-curricular Inequalities and Leading People. The report finds that two decades of government efforts to improve social mobility have failed to deliver enough progress in reducing the gap between those from the most advantaged backgrounds in Britain and those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.
It comes up with five key lessons from the past and makes recommendations for Government which include:
The Sutton Trust has also called for a comprehensive Social Mobility plan, and the call was one of the recommendations in the Class Ceiling report which was published after an inquiry by the APPG for Social Mobility on access into leading professions. We recently published our mobility manifesto with our policy proposals to improve social mobility. Sir Peter Lampl’s response to the new report is here.