Social Mobility

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Damian Hinds Damian Hinds The Secretary of State for Education 12:00 am, 10th September 2018

You are very kind, Chris.

There are many different angles to our social mobility approach. As I mentioned in my opening answer, our focus on social mobility means that, at every phase of education, we have seen a narrowing in the attainment gap between the rich and the poor of at least 10%—in early years, in primary school, in secondary school and in entry to higher education. It is our school professionals, our teachers and other staff who have made that happen, supported by our reforms, by the fact that more children are going to good and outstanding schools, by the free schools programme and by the availability of quality new places and rigorous standards in schools.