Editorial/Opinion

No one ‘born to fail’ – changing trajectories

I have seen and been motivated by some great work on social mobility throughout my career and clearly, for some time, an improvement of social mobility has been lagging behind so much public policy.

Blog by Sonia Blandford

In a speech at the Sutton Trust’s Social Mobility Summit 2017, the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, spoke of a ‘social mobility emergency’ and the need to focus on ‘cold spot’ areas of Britain and ‘the most entrenched forms of disadvantage’. She asked, ‘Why should living in one area, growing up in one area, disadvantage you, when compared to another? It shouldn’t, but in this country it still does.’ She spoke of the need for an effort across education, businesses and communities. And she told business leaders that the country can only rise to the challenge of developing the skills and talents of our young people if Government and business work together. 

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