People are pissed off about the seemingly impossible goal of social mobility.
Their proposed solution is to take the wheels off the cart.
Clarity on the issues
The idea of social mobility is something that most people can sign up to. This is most probably because we all think that it is a very good thing that people (especially young people) should have the opportunity to reach their full potential based on their talents and hard work.
Given the entrenched nature of inequality within most societies, including here in the UK, it is a real challenge to put in place policies which will help to achieve a significant degree of social mobility. The Government has established a plan for improving social mobility with Opportunity Areas at the sharp end.
The success of these Opportunity Areas must ultimately be judged by the extent to which improvements to social mobility can be sustained beyond the lifetime of these policies. It is therefore of the utmost importance that we evaluate the impact of Opportunity Areas beyond their lifetime. In doing this, we can also take lessons forward into future policies.
The prize is clear: unlocking the potential of children and young people who can then contribute even more to the economic and social fabric of communities across the country. We’re looking to build connections that can provide opportunities to share knowledge across Opportunity Areas and embed good practice for a benefit beyond their lifetime.