The Sutton Trust has published a Mobility Map which measures social mobility through education across the country. Their study shows that the prospects of young people in the Hemsworth constituency are fundamentally lower.
Hemsworth ranks as follows among the 533 parliamentary constituencies in England:
- Performance of disadvantaged pupils in early years tests: 308 out of 533
- Performance of disadvantaged pupils in Key Stage 2 tests: 456 out of 533
- Performance of disadvantaged pupils at GCSE: 354 out of 533
- Progress of non-privileged/disadvantaged pupils to universities: – out of 533
- Progress of non-privileged graduates to professional occupations: 303 out of 533
- Overall: 478 out of 533
This is represents another example of how the Tories are leaving the North behind and another generation disadvantaged by their place of birth. In 21st century Britain, anyone should be able to fulfil their true potential regardless of where they are from.
At a time when Tories cuts are undermining all public services, it is clear that we need to support the work of the Sutton Trust in highlighting this systemic injustice and promoting the need for greater investment in education.