Social mobility has long been the holy grail in the education sector – so why don’t I believe in it any more? “The only conclusion I could deduce as to the point of education was quite simple: the system exists to get me beyond where I’m from” This quote from Leah Stewart really jumped out …
In this episode Iesha talks to Charlotte Malton, a Senior Research Executive at BritainThinks, about a report she recently co-authored for the Money Advice Service on young adults and money management. Iesha and Charlotte discuss how young people manage their money at different stages of their lives between 16 and 25, as well as trends in their knowledge, behaviours and attitudes, and some practical tips for managing money better.
Yesterday’s DfE report Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential: a plan for improving social mobility through education put a strong emphasis on ‘place’, recognising that how young people ‘get on’ in life cannot easily be separated from the areas in which they grow up. I’ve blogged before, here and here, on the strong links between young people’s …
Dr Sam Baars is LKMco’s Director of Research. He talks to Iesha about his research exploring how higher education can become more accessible for white working class boys.
In this episode Iesha and Sam discuss
• Why Sam’s A-levels made him more politically engaged
• How Sam’s doctorate in Social Change led to the work that he does now
• Why research can help marginalised groups who otherwise might be ignored
• How surprisingly hard it is to define what a white ‘working class’ boy is
• Why feeling as if you belong is important for success at university
• Why working class pupils are less likely to go to university than middle class pupils
• Why many working class pupils don’t see the point in going to university
• Why supporting aspirations to attend university ought to begin to in primary school
Resources/people featured or mentioned
• The Great British Class Survey (BBC)
• The underrepresentation of white working boys class in higher education (LKMco/KCL)
Show notes and links for this episode can be found here.
Found the show useful?
Leave a review on iTunes
‘Oui’ by Simon Mathewson and ‘Jump for joy’ by Scott Holmes both from http://freemusicarchive.org
Social mobility at work and university. How well-known employers are trying to improve social mobility and why different generations have different perspectives about social mobility in the UK. Discussion between Iesha Small and Dr Sam Baars of LKMco.