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NIESR: New policies needed if government is to meet its objective to improve social mobility

The Government has stated that its primary social policy objective is to increase social mobility.

Both academics and policy-makers agree that the single most important policy lever is education, broadly defined. Yet there is little consensus on the impact on social mobility of changes, past and future, to the education system.

At a research seminar organised by the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES), Jonathan Portes, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), discussed the current state of research on education, inequality and social mobility, and the implications for policy.

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