Published: 1st Aug 2018

The education secretary Damian Hinds has set out his vision for social mobility, adding it is a cause ‘very close’ to his heart. Speaking at the Resolution Foundation in London, Mr Hinds said while social mobility is fundamental for a ‘strong, highly-skilled, productive economy’, it is also a ‘complex issue to crack’. ‘You won’t crack social mobility by only focussing on exam results,’ said the education secretary. ‘So I’m delighted that Dame Martina [Milburn] and the Social Mobility Commission will be undertaking a major piece of research work on how extracurricular activities, networks and the development of so-called soft skills can influence social mobility, looking at the gaps between disadvantaged young people and their peers – and how these vary by factors, such as region, ethnicity, gender, special educational needs, as well as some of the solutions for tackling this,’ announced Mr Hinds. ‘I’m also clear that this is a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)