Why is social mobility so low and what can we do about it?

Posted on 11 March 2015

Sutton Trust Chief Executive Dr Lee Elliot Major explored how low social mobility and lack of educational opportunity affect talented children from poorer backgrounds, in a public lecture hosted by the Department and RCSS.

The lecture focused on the role of education in improving social mobility, and preventing the subsequent waste of talent it causes.

Lee is Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, previously overseeing its research work. He is a founding trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation. He writes and speaks regularly in the national media on social mobility and education issues, and was formerly an education journalist working for the Guardian and Times Higher Education Supplement. He was the first in his family to attend university.


See the slides from the lecture. Social_Mobility_Slides (PDF , 542kb)

The Centre for Research into Education and Social Justice (CRESJ) based in the Department of Education at York pursues high quality research regarding social justice and education in the UK and internationally, making links to policy and practice.

The Research Centre investigates perceptions of fairness; differential rates of access and achievement that apply across individuals and social groups; and, explore teaching, learning and assessing.