Children: Social Mobility

Department for Education written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the Every Child Matters programme on social mobility.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Every Child Matters refers to a 2003 green paper that sets out a high-level approach to improving children’s and young people’s wellbeing. The department, including under previous administrations, has not conducted a separate assessment of its impact on social mobility. However, research and evaluations of a range of programmes and policies proposed in Every Child Matters are published on GOV.UK and relevant national archive sites, for example: https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20090810165308/http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/research/.

Social mobility remains one of this government’s top priorities. We strongly believe that everyone should have the chance to fulfil their potential, and where you start in life should not determine future success. Since 2010 we have transformed opportunities for young people, including more children who are in good and outstanding schools. We’re targeting extra support at the poorest areas of the country to raise standards in schools and attract great teachers, and more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are going to university.

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