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7 March 2022, 10:00am to 8 March 2022, 4:00pm
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Add to Calendar 2022-03-07 10:00:00 2022-03-08 16:00:00 Shaping Social Mobility: Education & Employment Join us at Cumberland Lodge in the heart of Windsor Great Park, on 7 and 8 March 2021, for a cross-sector, roundtable conference on ‘Shaping Social Mobility: Education & Employment’.  This conference brings together a diverse delegation of academics, policymakers, young people and future leaders, business representatives and teachers to better understand the underlying issues around social mobility and rethink best ways to improve it from a cross-sector, interdisciplinary perspective.  By convening people who are working on social mobility, as well as those with first-hand experience of facing challenges moving up, or down, the occupational ladder, the conference aims to inspire fresh thinking on how to promote equality of opportunity in education and the world of work, in terms of access and progression.  Background  Despite efforts being made to level up the education system in the UK and increase the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds in top jobs, social class continues to affect educational opportunities and has a lasting impact on career trajectories. Participation in full-time education by 16-18 year olds has continued to rise since 2000, to stand at 73%, however the expansion of education at university level has pushed significant parts of the population from working-class milieus into the middle classes. Whilst university application rates amongst students from disadvantaged backgrounds are rising, those from more affluent backgrounds are rising more quickly, widening the gap between the social classes. Following years of upward social mobility, there is little room left at the top, and young people have to deploy significant social and cultural capital in order to climb the social and professional ladder. On top of this, the pandemic has increased challenges, for example, by widening the attainment gap and, reducing internships or work experience opportunities. Key questions In this conference, we’ll discuss latest research on social mobility in the UK explore best practice examples for tackling class inequality. We’ll discuss how we might need to shift our perception of social mobility and challenge the idea that it exclusively refers to movement in one direction – up. From a cross-sector lens, we ask: How has COVID-19 affected our perception of social mobility? Has our increased appreciation of key workers encouraged people to value jobs differently? How can we support people to pursue careers on the basis of pride, worth, enjoyment and work/life balance, rather than on prestige, family legacy, social class or tradition? Outputs  The key themes of discussion, cross-sector recommendations and examples of best practice from this conference will be presented in a Cumberland Lodge Report on ‘Shaping Social Mobility: Education & Employment’. The report will be authored by our freelance Research Associate.  The report will be reviewed and refined at an expert consultation and launched in central London and published online and in print in 2022.  Participation We warmly welcome all registrations of interest in attending, but attendance will be by invitation only, to ensure broad and balanced representation. If you would like to be part of this conference, please follow the 'Make Enquiry' button on this webpage, or email Emily Gow at egow@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk, to let us know how and why you would like to contribute. As with all our work at Cumberland Lodge, we aim to incorporate the voices of young people to explore how they view socio-economic justice and the future of social mobility. Cumberland Lodge info@cumberlandlodge.org.uk Europe/London public
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Join us at Cumberland Lodge in the heart of Windsor Great Park, on 7 and 8 March 2021, for a cross-sector, roundtable conference on ‘Shaping Social Mobility: Education & Employment’. 

This conference brings together a diverse delegation of academics, policymakers, young people and future leaders, business representatives and teachers to better understand the underlying issues around social mobility and rethink best ways to improve it from a cross-sector, interdisciplinary perspective. 

By convening people who are working on social mobility, as well as those with first-hand experience of facing challenges moving up, or down, the occupational ladder, the conference aims to inspire fresh thinking on how to promote equality of opportunity in education and the world of work, in terms of access and progression. 

Background 

Despite efforts being made to level up the education system in the UK and increase the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds in top jobs, social class continues to affect educational opportunities and has a lasting impact on career trajectories.

Participation in full-time education by 16-18 year olds has continued to rise since 2000, to stand at 73%, however the expansion of education at university level has pushed significant parts of the population from working-class milieus into the middle classes. Whilst university application rates amongst students from disadvantaged backgrounds are rising, those from more affluent backgrounds are rising more quickly, widening the gap between the social classes. Following years of upward social mobility, there is little room left at the top, and young people have to deploy significant social and cultural capital in order to climb the social and professional ladder. On top of this, the pandemic has increased challenges, for example, by widening the attainment gap and, reducing internships or work experience opportunities.

Key questions

In this conference, we’ll discuss latest research on social mobility in the UK explore best practice examples for tackling class inequality. We’ll discuss how we might need to shift our perception of social mobility and challenge the idea that it exclusively refers to movement in one direction – up.

From a cross-sector lens, we ask:

  • How has COVID-19 affected our perception of social mobility?
  • Has our increased appreciation of key workers encouraged people to value jobs differently?
  • How can we support people to pursue careers on the basis of pride, worth, enjoyment and work/life balance, rather than on prestige, family legacy, social class or tradition?

Outputs 

The key themes of discussion, cross-sector recommendations and examples of best practice from this conference will be presented in a Cumberland Lodge Report on ‘Shaping Social Mobility: Education & Employment’. The report will be authored by our freelance Research Associate. 

The report will be reviewed and refined at an expert consultation and launched in central London and published online and in print in 2022. 

Participation

We warmly welcome all registrations of interest in attending, but attendance will be by invitation only, to ensure broad and balanced representation. If you would like to be part of this conference, please follow the 'Make Enquiry' button on this webpage, or email Emily Gow at egow@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk, to let us know how and why you would like to contribute.

As with all our work at Cumberland Lodge, we aim to incorporate the voices of young people to explore how they view socio-economic justice and the future of social mobility.