Commenting on the Social Mobility Commission’s polling of attitudes to social mobility, Sir Peter Lampl, Founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust and Chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), said:

“While it is seriously worrying that almost half of British people have such pessimistic attitudes towards social mobility, it is even more concerning that these views are even more prevalent amongst young people.

“The Commission’s Barometer should be a wake-up call for policymakers. Political rhetoric needs to be translated into real polices to level the playing field  and improve opportunities for young people, particularly for those from the most disadvantaged families.”


  1. The Sutton Trust is a foundation set up in 1997, dedicated to improving social mobility through education. It has published over 180 research studies and funded and evaluated programmes that have helped hundreds of thousands of young people of all ages, from early years through to access to the professions.