Family connections ‘as important as money’ to help children succeed

The Independent are reporting that a new report published by The Prince’s Trust warns ‘lack of inherited opportunities’ allows the most disadvantaged young to fall even further behind in terms of work and education.

The report raises concerns over the lack of inherited opportunities for poorer children, leaving them further behind in work and education and accentuating class divides.

Martina Milburn, Prince’s Trust chief executive said: “There is a social bank of mum and dad which can open as many doors as the financial bank of mum and dad. Sadly, not all young people have the same access to it, and all too often young people are locked out of jobs and other opportunities simply because of where they’ve started in life.”

“Young people who have help with such things as finding work experience or a first job often go on to have higher aspirations and be more successful,” a Prince’s Trust spokesperson said.

Speaking at a TeachFirst conference in Leeds on Tuesday, Alan Milburn, Chair of the Social Mobility Commission, called for new social mobility tests to be put into place in education to help reduce the divide.

He said: “Over recent years there has been a growing sense that we have become an ‘us’ and ‘them’ society – where a few unfairly entrench power and wealth to themselves”.

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