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Monday, 9 June 2014

Researchers find serious flaws in the Government’s plans to increase social mobility through academies



New research from the Institute of Education and University of Roehampton has found little evidence to support government claims that academies can overcome family background and create favourable conditions for social mobility.

Professor Bernard Barker and Dr Kate Hoskins (University of Roehampton) have found that although students at case study academies said they were driven by high expectations and a strong desire for achievement, their preoccupation with competitive success seldom extended beyond the classroom.

Students described themselves as ‘hard-working’ and ‘keen to achieve academic targets’, but very few participants aspired to rise above their families in pursuit of prestigious jobs and upward mobility.

Most respondents said intrinsic job satisfaction and family happiness were their prime concern.

Although the academies involved emphasized high expectations and a desire for achievement, the students were generally content with their existing family position and rejected wealth and social advancement as measures of success.

Professor Barker and Dr Kate Hoskins’ findings will be published in Education and Social Mobility: Dreams of Success published this week.

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