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DTC Annual Lecture 2015

When Apr 29, 2015
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where Faculty of Law, Room LG19, Sidgwick Site
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The DTC was pleased to host its 2015 annual lecture, in which Professor Vignoles spoke about "Social Mobility and Education"


A copy of Professor Vignoles' presentation, and a short abstract, are available:

Governments around the world aspire to create socially mobile societies in which each individual, regardless of social background, has an equal chance of realising their potential. Certainly this is a goal that successive UK governments have subscribed to. The question is how to achieve this? The role of education as a potential driver of social mobility has long been accepted and much policy effort has been focused on improving the educational outcomes of the most disadvantaged students. Yet in the UK, as indeed in most countries, educational achievement still varies dramatically by socio-economic background. In this lecture Professor Vignoles asks whether education really is an agent for social mobility and present evidence on the trajectories of primary school children from lower and higher socio-economic status families across their entire education career, right through to university. She considers the role of the education system in narrowing the socio-economic gap in education achievement and discuss how socio-economic background continues to influence economic outcomes when students, even graduates, leave the education system.

Wednesday 29 April 2015, 5.00 - 6.30pm

Faculty of Law, Room LG19, Sidgwick Site


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