Social mobility measures the degree of which people’s status changes through the generations, in terms of social class. Therefore, we as people, perceive this as an inequality in terms of life chances, especially if you are born in a country with low social mobility.
According to “The Global Social Mobility Report 2020”, the United Kingdom is ranked 21st in the world, when measuring social mobility.
Social inequality is still deeply entrenched in the UK, this means that being born privileged means you are likely to remain privileged whereas if you’re born from a working-class background, means that you’re at a disadvantage and have a series of obstacles to overcome.
Furthermore, when analyzing the ‘Statistics from State of the Nation 2016’, you can see a connection to one of the root issues of the social inequality and upward mobility in Britain.
It focuses on the working-class in terms of savings by region and the percentage of children receiving free school meals and their disadvantage in terms of finishing school with top marks.
This means that children born into a lower class with fewer opportunities results in having a lower chance in graduating with top marks in your GCSE’s.
Which then leads to a lower chance getting into more prestigious schools and a further education. On top of that, as seen in ‘bilag 3’ regarding Poppy Noor, people born into a working-class means that her family’s wealth can’t support this dream.