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Persistently disadvantaged children falling further behind at secondary school


A new analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has found that children defined as “persistently disadvantaged” are, on average, more than 2 years behind their peers by the time they finish secondary school. This is up from the level recorded in 2007, indicating that the attainment gap has worsened over the last decade. “Persistently… Read More ›

Young people ‘deeply pessimistic’ about social mobility

Alan Milburn, social mobility tsar, says that a sense of pessimism and feeling that they are on the wrong side of a ‘profound unfairness’ led to record numbers of young people voting in the recent general election. Young people are worried about their finances, job security and housing prospects. These findings arose as part of… Read More ›

Fewer poorer pupils go to grammar schools

Senior academic, Professor Alice Sullivan is a professor of sociology at the University College London, says that the main reason grammar schools were an “unlikely tool for promoting social mobility”is that working class children were far less likely than richer children to attend them. Figures from the Department for Education support her comments: Only 9% of… Read More ›

Professionals pay gap proves barriers to social mobility persist

Recent research by the Social Mobility Commission has found that UK professionals from working-class backgrounds are paid, on average, £6,800 less than those from more affluent families. Finance, medicine and information technology have the largest gaps, in a snapshot study that received responses from over 90,000 people. Alan Milburn, chairman of the commission said that… Read More ›

Poorer students lagging behind at secondary school

Poorer pupils are making less and less progress in secondary school than children from higher economic backgrounds, according to the Social Mobility Commission. This even applies to children who did well in primary school; highlighting the importance of continued support at secondary school. The gap between poorer pupils and their more affluent peers has increased… Read More ›

‘A long way from a level playing field’

The Social Mobility Commission has uncovered ‘stark differences’ between how children from different ethnic backgrounds progress into work. Black and Asian Muslim children are less likely to get professional jobs – despite doing better in school – whereas white boys from disadvantaged backgrounds are the least likely to go to university. Chair of the Commission,… Read More ›

Latest report from the Social Mobility Commission

The 2016 annual report from the Social Mobility Commission reveals that social mobility for the current generation of young people is getting worse. Four key barriers to social mobility are identified: an unfair education system a two-tier labour market an imbalanced economy an unaffordable housing market. The Commission warns that change will take time and… Read More ›

South Academy is the latest school to join Bridge Builders

Bridge Builders are delighted to have started working with a group of boys at South Academy in Luton. The Year 9 boys will meet with mentors from Bridge Builders over the duration of the next academic year. Bridge Builders works with schools all over the country. The leading scheme is quickly being recognised as having… Read More ›

Deloitte Change Application Process to Enhance Social Mobility

29th September 2015 Deloitte has announced that they will “hide” the university attended by their applicants during the application process in the hope of preventing “unconscious bias” amongst recruiters during the selection process. Deloitte will also use a new algorithm during the application process which takes into account contextual information alongside academic grades.  For example,… Read More ›

Concerns About Fake Apprenticeships

21st September 2015 Concern is increasing over the number of “fake apprenticeships” being offered by companies.  Young people often undergo what they believe to be genuine apprenticeships only to find out at a later date that they are not properly qualified within their trade. The government are working to ensure that the term “apprenticeship” is protected… Read More ›

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At Bridge Builders Mentoring, we believe that the gap between young men from poor socio-economic backgrounds and their full potential is never too large to overcome. Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme provides young men the opportunity to gain additional support and guidance from adult mentors from professional backgrounds, who are experienced in life and work. Together, they can define, explore and overcome the problems that are so often associated with a low economic background.

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