Afternoon, Thursday, 23rd April 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
***Taking Place Online***
This conference will examine the next steps for improving social mobility in England - focusing on the Opportunity Areas programme, tackling regional inequality affecting young people and the roles of education and business.
It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and key policymakers to discuss priorities for policy as the new government pursues its levelling up and regional investment agenda:
- following Government commitments in the Budget to invest £1.5bn in further education and £2.5bn to establish a new National Skills Fund, and
- with the added severe economic pressures that will result from the COVID 19 epidemic.
Delegates will also hear from Sasha Morgan, Director of the Social Mobility Secretariat, Social Mobility Commission - following the expected publication of the Commission’s latest State of the Nation report.
Key areas for discussion:
- next steps for the Opportunity Areas programme - and its record so far in fulfilling its aims of developing the knowledge and skills of young people in the 12 identified areas of greatest need
- key relationships between universities, schools and business
- how schools themselves and the early years sector can best support improved outcomes for disadvantaged children
- examples of best practice and how it can be built upon, as well as alternative approaches to improving social mobility
- what can be learned from the Opportunity North East programme - following the recent publication of the programme’s delivery plan
- The State of the Nation - analysing the current landscape of social mobility;
- The Opportunity Areas Programme - its impact so far and next steps for creating sustainable improvements in outcomes for young people;
- Review of the progress of Opportunity Areas in tackling social mobility;
- Innovation in tackling inequalities among young people - the role of employers, widening access to university, and retaining young people within a particular region;
- The role of education - best practice in the use of current provision, and developing community-led approaches and partnerships both in and outside of the classroom; and
- What next for the Opportunity Areas Programme?
Policy officials attending
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.
Particularly this one. Places have been reserved for officials from: the Cities & Local Growth Unit; Department for Education; Government oF Equalities Office; HM Revenue & Customs; Home Office; Ministry of Defence; National Audit Office; Office of Government Property and the Ofsted.
This conference will be online***
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
- opportunities for delegate questions and comments
- a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference