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Teach First – Social Mobility

Survey of 2,000 British adults about their perceptions of social mobility

  • More than nine in ten Britons (93%) think that young people’s ambition to succeed has an impact on determining their chances of future success, with around three in five (58%) saying this has a great deal of impact. A similar proportion (92%) think that the quality of teaching a young person receives at school has some impact on determining their chances of success in the future, while more than half (54%) think it has a great deal of impact. These factors are those selected by the highest proportion of British adults, of those tested
  • Half of Britons (51%) think the fact that one in eight young people in the UK is not in education, employment or training (NEET) has a negative impact on the British economy, while two in five (39%) say this will have a negative impact on the UK’s workforce after Brexit. More than two in five say this negatively impacts on social mobility (44%), or social cohesion and integration (43%)
  • At least four in five Britons think each of the institutions tested should have at least some influence on ensuring that young people from less well-off families have the same chances of success in life as young people from more well-off families. They are most likely to say this of schools (90%), followed by parents (89%), and business/employers (84%). Exactly four in five (80%) say that the government or the young people themselves should have some influence over this

Date Published: 24/10/2017

Categories: Education | Public and communities

Client: Teach First


ComRes interviewed 2,010 British adults aged 18+ online between 13th and 15th October 2017. Data were weighted to be representative of all British adults by gender, age, region and socio-economic grade

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