For a long time, the ‘grand narrative’ in education and social policy has been the pursuit of social mobility – breaking the link between an individual’s background and where they get to in life. Over the past year, the political rhetoric has changed, with the emergence of the cause of social justice as the new proposed guiding principle for public policy choices.
But there’s been a certain ‘fuzziness’ around what exactly is meant by each of the two projects – with little attention paid to downward mobility as an inherent part of social mobility, or to where precisely the line is to be drawn between equality of opportunity and equality of outcome.
Louise Archer, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, UCL Institute of Education
Dan Morrow, CEO, Woodland Academy Trust
Dr Jason Arday, academic, Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, and School Governor at Shaftesbury Park Primary School
Iesha Small, Head of Strategy, Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales)
Chair: Professor Becky Francis, Director of UCL Institute of Education
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