Our disadvantaged kids are faring better than many in England

Report chairman Alan Milburn ANL-160218-153352001
Report chairman Alan Milburn ANL-160218-153352001

Social mobility is higher in South Holland than Boston, Peterborough, South Kesteven, Fenland and King’s Lynn according to a new report.

Data released by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has ranked South Holland a social mobility ‘hotspot’, placing it 61st out of 324 local authorities.

This puts it ahead of South Kesteven (122nd), Boston (153rd), Peterborough (197th), King’s Lynn(299th) and Fenland (325th), the latter two referred to as social mobility ‘coldspots’.

The social mobility index compares the chances that a child from a disadvantaged background will do well at school and get a good job across each of the 324 local authority district areas of England.

It examines a range of social mobility indicators covering the educational outcomes of disadvantaged young people –in the early years, at school and college and in higher education – and opportunities in local job and housing markets to identify the best and worst places in England in terms of the opportunities young people from poorer backgrounds have to succeed.

The commission is an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Education, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Its chairman is the former Labour health secretary Alan Milburn.

The index shows that so-called social mobility hotspots are mostly dominated by London boroughs and councils in the South East.

In the statistics used to create the table South Holland seems to have done so well because of the percentage of children eligible for free school meals who achieved a good level of development at the end of Early Years Foundation Stage. Here it had the third best score in the country.

It also did very well in the average points score per entry for young people eligible for free meals at 15 going on to take A-level or equivalent qualifications, finishing 17th.

South Holland also scored well in the percentage of children eligible for free meals achieving at least a level 4 in reading, writing and maths at the end of Key Stage 2 (55th).

It came 64th in average house prices compared to median annual salary of employees who live in the local area.

The area was one of the worst in the country for the percentage of young people eligible for free school meals at 15 who entered higher education by the age of 19 (310th).

And it fared little better for the percentageof young people eligible for free meals at 15 entering higher education at a selective university by the age of 19 (294th).

Other scores towards the bottom were the percentage of people in the area who are in managerial and professional occupations (278th) andthe percentage of children eligible for free meals attending a primary school rated outstanding or good by Ofsted (273rd).

To view the report, visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-mobility-index