In this webinar, we explore social mobility and different approaches to achieving a 'meritocracy' and socio-economic justice. We ask, is education the best way to help disadvantaged young people increase their life chances?
This webinar is presented by our Chief Executive, Dr Ed Newell.
Our guest panellists include:
- John Craven - Chief Executive, Upreach
- Dr Lee Elliot Major - Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter
Key themes of discussion
How can we enable people from disadvantaged backgrounds to fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions?
For several decades, education has been seen as the key tool for promoting social mobility. But is it working? Longitudinal studies indicate that, despite the focus on education, the promise of continuous upward social mobility is facing significant challenges.
A June 2020 report by the Social Mobility Commission, an advisory body that supports the Department for Education in England, revealed that some Government departments have made reasonable progress on levelling up the life chances of disadvantaged people, but others have achieved far less. This analysis highlighted that it is rare to find departments working together in a joined-up approach to improving social mobility.
Amidst the economic and social disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge of achieving equality of opportunity is increasing, especially for young people with careers ahead of them. For instance, new forms of social disadvantage were highlighted by the predicted grades and university admission crisis this summer.
Education is often seen as the key to boosting social mobility and improving equality of opportunity; but there is also a theory that creating better job opportunities would have a greater impact than encouraging more and more people into higher education.
Dialogue & Debate with Cumberland Lodge is a series of regular interactive webinars on pressing issues affecting social cohesion in the UK. It is supported by our charitable funds.
You can join this webinar on Zoom, as a non-video participant, and interact with the panel via our live Q&A. Everyone is welcome.
Please register in advance via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CGXrJKNbQ-Sbh3-HpXAWXA
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