Westminster Education Forum

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.
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Next steps for improving social mobility in England - the Opportunity Areas programme, tackling regional inequality affecting young people, and the roles of education and business


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

At this conference, stakeholder and policymakers 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;
  • Schools and the early years sector -  how they can best support improved outcomes for disadvantaged children;
  • Best practice - including examples and discussion on how it can be built upon, as well as alternative approaches to improving social mobility; and
  • Policy priorities going forward - as the government pursues its levelling up and regional investment agenda.

The agenda:

  • The State of the Nation - analysing the current landscape of social mobility;
  • Creating new ways to tackle inequalities among young people - the role of employers, widening access to university and developing solutions to retaining young people within a particular region;
  • The role of education in enhancing social mobility for young people - best practice in the use of current provision, and developing community-led approaches and partnerships both in and outside of the classroom; and
  • The Opportunity Areas Programme - impact so far and next steps for creating sustainable improvements in outcomes for young people.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders. [About Us]

Particularly this one. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords, and officials from the Cities & Local Growth UnitDepartment for Education; Government of Equalities Office; HM Revenue & CustomsHome OfficeMinistry of Defence; Ministry of JusticeNational Audit OfficeOffice of Government Property and Ofsted.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Education Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates