Justine Greening: Universities are about social mobility. This needs to be recognised

Former Education Secretary Justine Greening cites the Sutton Trust’s State of Social Mobility report in an article on the value of universities for the Guardian.

This week has been a welcome reprieve from Brexit, both for the public and politicians alike. With parliament in Easter recess, we have been able to look beyond the divisions, acrimony, backroom deals and blame, and instead get back into our communities and talk to local people.

Brexit has crowded out all other issues for almost three years. Just think what we could have done in that time if as much energy and as many resources had been spent on fixing the opportunity deficit Britain has, looking at housing or student finance and reintroducing maintenance grants.

But I am not downbeat. Because despite all the Brexit division in parliament, a quiet revolution has been gathering pace across the country that is making a real difference to people’s life chances.

In March last year, I launched the social mobility pledge to fight back against Britain’s chronic lack of social mobility. It is a national scandal that the UK is among the worst of the 37 OECD nations for income mobility, according to a report published by the Sutton Trust.

That’s why, together with some of Britain’s best businesses and organisations who care deeply about equality of opportunity, we created the social mobility pledge that now covers more than two million employees.


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2019-04-17T11:03:38+01:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |

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