Best Practice

Boosting your students’ social mobility

Higher education
Focusing on a social mobility strategy as a school can bring about improvements in culture, ethos and attainment. Richard Gould discusses the challenge of social mobility before offering some practical guidance and ideas for schools.

Should schools help bring about an improvement in social mobility?

The short answer is: yes! They should. Since in addition to being a good cause, such a focus can bring about an improvement in the culture, ethos and attainment across a school.

Ahead of considering how schools can do this and the benefit such a strategy brings, it is worth taking a brief look at some of the evidence surrounding social mobility in the UK.

Education plays a key role in fostering social mobility. There is a close correlation between high attainment and a host of quality-of-life measures for the individual, including a rewarding career pathway, higher income, better health and improved parenting.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here