Education Endowment Foundation:EEF welcomes Government’s new social mobility action plan

EEF welcomes Government’s new social mobility action plan

Press Release •2 minutes •

Education Secretary Justine Greening has unveiled her plan to improve social mobility, Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential. She set out four ambitions designed to boost outcomes for disadvantaged young people:

  • Ambition 1: Closing the word gap
  • Ambition 2: Closing the attainment gap
  • Ambition 3: Real choice at post-16
  • Ambition 4: Rewarding careers for all

Greening announced a range of measures to achieve these ambitions, including a £23 million Future Talent’ fund to support high-attaining disadvantaged pupils – an initiative long called for by the Sutton Trust, which co-founded the EEF in 2011.

The EEF is referenced throughout, including our work with the Research Schools Network in the Opportunity Areas and a new partnership with the Department for Education to evaluate Early Years practice. The plan puts evidence at the heart of the strategy:

Firstly, we will put a central focus on identifying and spreading what works’, putting evidence at the heart of everything we do. The key challenge is now to spread what is working right here in this country to the areas and people that can benefit most. To achieve this, we will embed a clear focus on evidence-based practice – directly informed by what works’ centres such as the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) – into our programmes and activity. And in turn, we will ensure rigorous evaluation of our approaches, helping to build the evidence base further and allowing us to monitor progress and adjust accordingly.’

Commenting on the plan, EEF Chairman Sir Peter Lampl, said: