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Our agenda-setting research identifies the root causes of low social mobility and promotes effective solutions through education and employment.

Since 1997 we've published over 250 reports, many of which have gone on to influence national policy.


Major new cohort study examining the long-term impact of the pandemic on educational inequality and social mobility.

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Student Maintenance Analysis 2023

Are current maintenance levels enough to support university students?

19 December 2023
Post 18 opportunities and aspirations

Further research on the aspirations of young people and the opportunities available to them (COSMO study initial findings)

23 November 2023
Sutton Trust Cabinet Analysis 2023

Where were members of the new cabinet educated?

14 November 2023
Mental and physical health

Looking at mental and physical health patterns among young people (COSMO study initial findings)

25 Years of University Access

How has access to higher education changed since 1997?

08 October 2023
The Class of 2023 – Opportunities and U...

Ahead of A Level results, we analyse the next steps for this generation.

10 August 2023
Stories from the Class of 2023

Hear from young people on their pandemic experiences and their plans for future.

09 August 2023
Jan Paul Schlindwein, Milo Warby, Matthew Holt, Helen KenneyAsma Ali Farah,
World Class: Global learnings for England on ...

What can England learn from early years systems around the world?

Where next: What influences the choices of wo...

What choices and barriers do students face on the journey to an apprenticeship?

06 July 2023