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Lords debate Social Mobility report

15 December 2016

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Following its publication earlier this year, the House of Lords debates the Select Committee on Social Mobility's report on Tuesday 20 December.

The Social Mobility Committee was appointed on 11 June 2015 to consider social mobility in the transition from school to work for 14-24 year olds. The Committee published their report on 8 April 2016.


The Committee made eight recommendations to the Government, which support the development of a more coherent and straightforward system to help young people aged 14 and over through the transition from education to work. These include:

  • The national curriculum stopping at the age of 14, rather than 16 and the ages of 14-19 being recognised as a single key transition stage;
  • A new gold standard in independent careers advice and guidance, which moves responsibility away from schools and colleges;
  • For the Government to act as a facilitator, brokering collaboration between existing local bodies such as colleges, schools, local authorities local enterprise partnerships and employers in order to meet the needs of local labour markets; and 
  • That a Cabinet-level Minister take responsibility for the transition from school to work for young people (as responsibility currently falls between a number of departments and ministers).

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