They are a foundation which improves social mobility in the UK through evidence-based programmes, research and policy advocacy. The Sutton Trust was founded by Sir Peter Lampl in 1997.
From early years’ through school, college and university to the workplace, they work to combat educational inequality and prevent the subsequent waste of talent. They are concerned with breaking the link between educational opportunities and family background, so that young people are given the chance to fulfil their potential, regardless of their family background, school or where they live.
As disadvantage starts before young people are born and continues through to the workplace, the Trust’s interest covers parenting and early years projects, primary and secondary schooling, access to university and the professions, and apprenticeships.
At later ages they have a particular focus on academically talented young people with the potential to study at leading universities. The Trust’s programmes, working in partnership with top universities and industry professionals, are designed to support their students to make informed decisions about their next steps and leave their young people feeling inspired.
THEIR MISSION STATEMENT
Their work to raise aspirations of young people from low and middle income backgrounds and to increase their chances of accessing top universities and the professions. They do this by delivering programmes, evidence-based research, and influencing public policy.