And good morning everyone. For Dame Martina, and for some many people here, of course, have championed social mobility for a long time. It is also a cause very close to my heart. In fact, I think it is a large part why we have a Department for Education - a core purpose of that department.
But evidence gathered over decades from around the world shows that for most children education has failed to live up to these expectations. Instead we have observed an escalating educational arms race in which the poorest children are increasingly ill-equipped to fight, and where the ever greater rewards go to the offspring of the social elites.
Middle-class advantage was once found through A-levels and university degrees; today it is achieved through elite degrees, postgraduate qualifications and exclusive internships. Just as the education system expands to equalise opportunities, so a new frontier emerges enabling the well-off to climb one step up again.
Failing to get basic GCSEs at age 16 incurs a bigger penalty than for previous generations. Increasingly it is wealth — financial investments and property — that sets elites apart from the rest of us. They appear to live by different rules — paying minimal tax.
We are returning to an age where earnings from assets far exceed wages. In post-recession Britain, life for average workers has worsened. But it has created a two-tier system between those pursuing seamless career progression and those stuck in dead-end, insecure jobs without a future.
Simon Tilford Read more The uncomfortable truth is that, for all the talk about social mobility, little has changed. We are missing out on the biggest talent pool, fishing in the same small pond generation after generation.
Britain needs a new model of social mobility that develops all talents, not just academic but also vocational and creative — and creates opportunities across the whole country, not just in London and the south-east. We need incentives for employers to invest in their workers for the long term. Meanwhile, the most equitable way to allocate places to equally deserving candidates at schools and universities would be to pick them randomly.
Overnight we would diversify student intakes. For its part, the government could raise inheritance tax and close the tax loopholes allowing the super-wealthy to entrench their privilege.
It is, of course, entirely possible to create a fairer education system, stronger economy and more equal society that would boost social mobility once again. But failure to facilitate this will store up even greater social, economic and political problems for future generations.Now, social mobility is also fundamental for a strong, highly skilled, productive economy, which successfully deploys and maximises its human resources - which, of course, can sound quite dry and.
Social Mobility. There is a very strong relationship between high levels of income inequality and low levels of social mobility.
Children of highly paid people are more likely to be highly paid and children of low paid people more likely to be low earners. Education facilitating social mobility In the present-day world, a major key to social mobility is education. Education is regarded as the primary channel of mobility as: High educational achievement is the aspiration of most people.
Social mobility is the movement of individuals, families, households, or other categories of people within or between social strata in a society.
It is a change in social status relative to one's current social location within a given society. A just-published article takes a look at what happened to equality and social mobility in the United States when a major educational reform swept through the nation in the nineteenth century: compulsory schooling.
Introduction The role of education in promoting social mobility is among the central issues in contemporary sociological and political debate.