16 Nov

The Social Mobility Commission has published its State of the Nation 2016 report on social mobility in Great Britain, warning that:

“Britain has a deep social mobility problem which is getting worse for an entire generation of young people.”

The report also says that government plans for more grammar schools and academies  are “at best, a distraction, and, at worst, a risk to efforts aimed at narrowing the significant social and geographical divides that bedevil England’s school system”.

Voice’s General Secretary has also raised concerns about selection being  “a major distration” (SecEd).

She has previously commented:

“Education is part of the solution to social inequality, not the only solution, important as it is.”

Education is part of the solution to poverty and disadvantage – not the silver bullet.”

“Policy-makers’ preoccupation that education alone could break the cycle of poverty both added pressure to the education system and provided a stick with which to beat it when government-set targets were not reached.”

“While education remains at the political mercy of the election cycle…. schools are expected to deliver more and more with diminishing resources…”

Education alone cannot be expected to compensate for the effects of poverty and deprivation. However, schools and teachers do make a significant difference for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds – something that is celebrated far too infrequently, with political and media preferences favouring a deficit model focusing on what the system doesn’t do well rather than building on success.”

“The process and timescales from research to policy and implementation are routinely distracted, interrupted and discarded by different governments’ changing political ideology.”

“Competing government education policies … do not promote a coherent education system but one that is fragmented..”

Have your say on selection in education and vote in our poll (above right):  “Is academic selection at 11 an appropriate ‘engine’ to promote social mobility?”

Social mobility

Do take a look at our previous blog posts on social mobility and let us know your views below:

Accident of birth?

The benefits of nursery

More posts on social mobility



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