Social mobility in Britain is low. The educational opportunities and life chances of a child born today are strongly linked to their parents’ socio-economic background. This is the challenge we face.
Since 1997 and under the leadership of our founder, Sir Peter Lampl, the Sutton Trust has worked to address this. We fight for social mobility from birth to the workplace so that every young person – no matter who their parents are, what school they go to, or where they live – has the chance to succeed in life.
- We work to improve access to high-quality education and employment opportunities.
- Our programmes focus on high-attaining students from lower income families.
- We aim to sustain and innovate our programme portfolio by looking at new avenues for social mobility such as apprenticeships and the use of digital technology.
- Our scope in research and policy is wider. We aim to produce concrete and achievable policy asks in our five priority areas; early years, school years, apprenticeships, access to university and access to the workplace.
As well as being a think-tank, the Suttion Trust is a ‘do-tank’ having funded over 200 programmes, commissioned over 160 research studies and influenced Governement education policy by pushing social mobility to the top of the agenda.