“There is a low and declining percentage of the public (from 43% in 2003 to 29% in 2017) who believe today’s youth will have a better quality of life than their parents.”
Find the full factsheet on Social Mobility here.
“More than half of the gaps in achievement at age 11 are due to inequality that was already present at age five.”
Find the full factsheet on Early Years here.
“34% of adults in England aged 16-75 say a degree-level apprenticeship would be better for somebody’s future career prospects than a university degree, compared to 21% who think a traditional degree would be better.”
Find the full factsheet on Apprenticeships here.
“Students from households in the lowest 40% of earners take on average debts of £51,600, compared to £38,400 in the top 20% of households.”
Find the full factsheet on Student Debt here.
The Sutton Trust’s Mobility Manifesto sets out ten practical policy steps to put social mobility at the heart of the 2017 election campaign.
From early years education through to fair and transparent employment practices, social mobility must be a key consideration for the new government in education and employment policy and practice. The manifesto urges better provision for disadvantaged pupils in early years and school settings, alongside dedicated funding for the highly able and fairer admissions to comprehensives, grammar schools and independent schools. It also urges a ban on unpaid internships, along with more advanced and higher apprenticeships, as well as best practice in widening access in employment.
Guarantee disadvantaged children access to high quality early years’ education
Improve the quality of classroom teaching
Ensure fair school funding and enhance its impact
Fairer school admissions to grammars and comprehensives
Support highly able pupils through a dedicated fund
Open up private schools
Promote essential life skills, extra-curricular activities and good quality careers guidance
Improve access for disadvantaged students to higher education
Create more advanced, high quality apprenticeships
Improve access to professional careers, including banning unpaid internships