Social mobility: Breaking down the barriers

Progress on social mobility is slow, with the top professions still being dominated by the rich and the privately educated. Julia Shervington discusses how we might change this and empower students to overcome the barriers they face

As students enter a new academic year it is inevitable that those coming to the end of their secondary education will be starting to think about what comes next.

Some may be fortunate enough to already have a clear idea of what career they want to pursue – they will have performed well at GCSE, selected facilitating A level subjects and be on track to receive offers to study a relevant degree or higher level Apprenticeship.

However, Which? University research (January 2016) found that 28 per cent of university applicants wished they had chosen different A level subjects, while 41 per cent wished they had thought more about what subjects might help them get into university.

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