Government relaunches Social Mobility Commission


An extra £2 million of research funding will support the relaunching of the Social Mobility Commission, ministers have announced.

Designed to advise the government on key education issues, such as teacher supply and educational disadvantage, the Commission will receive the funding from April 2019.

The funding for new research comes as a boost as only £610,000 was given to the Commission in 2017-2018.

Dame Martina Milburn has taken over as chair of the Commission and one academy leader is among the board of 12 commissioners that are involved.

“I am delighted the government is showing its commitment to the Social Mobility Commission by providing an initial £2 million for research and evidence in our first full year of operating as a new Commission,” she said.

“This will enable us to start expanding our research base and deliver on our role to promote social mobility throughout the country.”

The Commission sits within the Department for Education but has lacked a chair or board since the remaining members resigned a year ago, quoting a number of government issues.

Dame Milburn – head of the Prince’s Trust – was unveiled as the new chair in May and has now said that 12 new social mobility commissioners will be introduced.

Coming from business, media and academic backgrounds, just one of the new board is a school leader – the vice principal of an academy in Sunderland. 

“We are a group of people with real-life experiences who are prepared to challenge government, business and society as a whole to create a fair system where people can thrive,” Dame Milburn said.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said the Commission will help to ensure that talented individuals can make the most of the opportunities that are available all over the UK.

He added that the funding will help to support good practice and research into the key aspects of education.