Social mobility speech by Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds MP

Tuesday 31 July 2018

Boosting social mobility is now a widely shared goal of policy makers around the world. But actually achieving that goal is easier said than done.

Parental achievement, rather than individual talent, remains a big determinant of young people’s opportunities in life. And schools, colleges, universities and employers all now recognise the need to do more in working together to break down barriers.

What are the most effective interventions to boost social mobility? What can we learn from the very different experiences across the world? And what is the most important stage in a child’s life to intervene?

At this event at the Resolution Foundation’s headquarters in Westminster, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds made his first major speech on social mobility, setting out his plans to create the conditions for success in the very earliest years, from birth to five, to build on this through an education system that works for every pupil, and to support young people to become confident, resilient adults able to fulfil their potential.

Read a transcript of the speech here.