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Our research

The Sutton Trust has produced and commissioned over 180 pieces of research on policy and practice across the broad and complex area of social mobility – from the early years through to university access – reflecting the varied obstacles facing young people from non-privileged backgrounds.

Our research has produced some astonishing statistics which reveal the current state of low social mobility in the UK and the disproportionate representation of the most affluent independent school students in top universities and professions. In this way, our research informs government, educational practitioners and policy-makers, helping to shape education and employment policy and practice.

Latest research and some from the archive

Parliamentary Privilege: The MPs 2017

The Sutton Trust has investigated the educational background of the new parliament elected on 9th May 2017, looking at school and university backgrounds among the new intake and examining the trends over time. Read more>>>

Teacher Polling 2017

The Sutton Trust surveyed 1,361 teachers in its annual teacher polling through the National Foundation for Educational Research Teacher Voice Omnibus survey, highlighting how budget cuts are affecting schools across the country. Read more>>>

Pupil Premium Polling (2016)

The Sutton Trust has surveyed 1,607 teachers on their use of the Pupil Premium, through the National Foundation for Educational Research Teachers’ Voice Omnibus survey. Read more>>>


Teaching and Learning Toolkit (2011)

The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit is an accessible summary of educational research which provides guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Read more>>>