Social Mobility Commission's 2021 State of the Nation report - AoC responds

20 Jul 2021

Responding to the Social Mobility Commission's State of the Nation report, Chief Executive of Association of Colleges, David Hughes said:

“The State of the Nation report rightly challenges the government to ensure a generation of young people are not left behind due to pandemic disruption and widening inequality gaps. The SMC supports our calls for a 16-19 student premium and catch-up support – these students are the group with the least time left in education and have suffered a disrupted year of learning and face a tough labour market afterwards. They simply cannot wait for the next spending review – without immediate support, we risk them slipping through the net. Treasury and DfE should carefully but quickly consider these recommendations because the clock is ticking and young people need support now. The case for more investment in 16 to 19 learning in colleges is very strong and will have the greatest impact on those that need it most.”