Question to the Department for Education:
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to meet with relevant stakeholders following the report by the Sutton Trust Mobility Manifesto 2019, published on 7 November 2019, to discuss the issues raised in that report.
The Sutton Trust Mobility Manifesto 2019 makes 10 recommendations across the areas of Higher and Further Education, Early Years, Schools and Internships. The department continues to engage with a range of stakeholders in order to understand what children and young people need, so that they can express their talents and make the most of their lives.
For example, the department is working with the Early Intervention Foundation and Local Government Association to deliver a programme of early years social mobility peer reviews, focused on early language outcomes.
We have signed a joint understanding with the Independent Schools Council; through which we are working to increase the number of disadvantaged pupils who benefit from targeted bursaries and other forms of assistance offered voluntarily by independent schools.
We have endorsed a proposal to use the Office for Students’ (OfS) review of the admissions system to consider the pros and cons of potential models of Post Qualification Application. The OfS has also encouraged the use of contextual admissions and we support such initiatives.