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Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility


HM Government

Subject Keywords: Social mobility
Type: Strategy
Region: United Kingdom

This strategy sets out the Government of the United Kingdom's strategy for a socially mobile country. A fair society is an open society, one in which every individual is free to succeed.  No one should be prevented from fulfilling their potential by the circumstances of their birth.

However The income and social class of parents continue to have a huge bearing on a child’s chances.

• Only one in five young people from the poorest families achieve five good GCSEs, including English and maths, compared with threequarters from the richest families.

• 25% of children from poor backgrounds fail to meet the expected attainment level at the end of primary school, compared to 3% from affluent backgrounds.

• Almost one in five children receive free school meals, yet this group accounts for fewer than one in a hundred Oxbridge students.



Rights: © Crown Copyright
Suggested citation:

HM Government. (2011) Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 13th December 2018].


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