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Schools and social mobility event livestreamed

A sold-out Cambridge Festival of Ideas event about school education and social mobility will now be livestreamed from 6.00pm on 26 October to allow more people to take part.

Running in a Question Time panel style, Does education improve social mobility? has been organised by the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College. All 180 tickets to the event in the new West Court Frankopan Hall sold out within hours.

The debate will give people the chance to discuss how schools can reduce inequality and improve social mobility, with the panel set to consider questions such as: Do schools give everybody a fair start in life?, and: Are some people left behind and others unfairly advantaged? While the focus of the event is schools, there will also be discussion of the role played by universities in fostering social mobility.

The panel - chaired by Dr Julian Huppert, Director of the Intellectual Forum and former MP for Cambridge - will include:

Speaking ahead of the event, Professor Anna Vignoles said: “The debate will address the crucially important issue of the role of education in helping people achieve upward social mobility. Participants will be debating whether our education system really does provide similar opportunities for all students to succeed, or whether there are still significant barriers for students from poor backgrounds. Whether you are joining us in person or watching the debate online, we hope that you’ll find it thought-provoking.”

Viewers watching the livestream are also encouraged to join the discussion via Twitter by following @IntellForum

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