General Article Opening doors, breaking barriers

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A fair society is an open society, one in which every individual is free to succeed. That is why improving social mobility is the principal goal of the Government’s social policy.
No one should be prevented from fulfilling their potential by the circumstances of their birth. What ought to count is how hard you work and the skills and talents you possess, not the school you went to or the jobs your parents did. This strategy sets out our vision of a socially mobile country, and how it can become a reality.
There is a long way to go. The income and social class of parents continue to have a huge bearing on a child’s chances.

  • Only one in five young people from the poorest families achieve five good GCSEs, including English and maths, compared with three-quarters from the richest families.1
  • 25% of children from poor backgrounds fail to meet the expected attainment level at the end of primary school, compared to 3% from affluent backgrounds.2

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