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What we do

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The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) exists to create a United Kingdom where the circumstances of birth do not determine outcomes in life.

We are responsible for:

  • publishing an annual report setting out our views on the progress made towards improving social mobility in the United Kingdom
  • promoting social mobility in England, for example, by supporting employers, the professions, universities and schools to play their part in promoting social mobility
  • carrying out and publishing research in relation to social mobility
  • providing advice to ministers (at their request) on how to improve social mobility in England – this advice must then be published

Our four areas of policy focus are:

  • Nurturing Talent – The role of families, the home learning environment and schools in improving social mobility.
  • Developing Skills and Talent – The role that skills formation has at all stages of life to improve social mobility.
  • Growing Opportunities – The role of innovation and economic growth in improving social mobility.
  • Better Data and Evaluation – The role that data has in deepening our understanding of social mobility challenges and informing policy-making.

Read our latest Business Plan

The Commission publishes an annual Business Plan, setting out our key areas of focus for the coming year. To find out more about what we do, read or download it below.

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