‘State of the Nation’ is the fifth social mobility report, published in 2017 that highlights the ‘stark postcode lottery’ that exists in Britain.
Recent Educational reform and policy, alongside the Industrial Strategy all have clear ambitions in the social mobility agenda. Last December, Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential – sets out the national plan for dealing with social mobility through education and how to remove obstacles that could stop people from achieving their potential with the aim that ‘no community is left behind’ and that better educational and career outcomes are more evenly spread across the whole country.
There are 4 core ambitions which span across each life phase:
- Close the ‘word gap’ in the early years
- Close the attainment gap in school while continuing to raise standards for all
- High quality post-16 education choices for all young people
- Everyone achieving their full potential in rewarding careers
Education Secretary, Damien Hinds confirmed Dame Martina Milburn as the new Chair of the Social Mobility in July who will be joined by a new set of Commissioners in Autumn to drive forward the social mobility agenda.
£72 Million has been invested across 12 Opportunity Areas – social mobility ‘cold spots’ to improve better outcomes for some of our most disadvantaged in the Country. Hastings, which ranks 282 of 324 on the Social Mobility Commission’s index is the only Opportunity Area in the South East. Their 3 year plan sets out to improve literacy, raise attainment in maths, improve mental health and resilience, and to broaden horizons and prepare young people for work.