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The SMF in Liverpool

The SMF is delighted to announce the opening of our newest office in Liverpool.

Having supported students from Merseyside initially from our London office, and over the last four years from our base in Manchester, the SMF now has a dedicated team in Liverpool to increase the depth and breadth of support we can provide to young people from the region. We are excited to be working with Alstom, who are generously supporting the development of our Liverpool office.

Why Liverpool?

In 2017, the Social Mobility Commission, in its fifth annual State of the Nation report, ranked the 324 lower-tier local authorities in England in its Social Mobility Index. The Index combines a range of indicators to explore how geographical location can affect social mobility for individuals growing up and choosing to live in different areas.

The Index ranked Liverpool 274th, and highlighted the city’s sub-regions as containing some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in England. Of the region’s local authorities, Sefton achieved the highest position at 145th, with St Helens at 220th and Knowsley at 171st.

The Commission reported that, in Liverpool, just over a third of disadvantaged pupils achieve grades A* to C in English and Maths GCSE. Knowsley was found to be one of the worst performers in England; none of the six secondary schools is rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ and there are no sixth-form colleges in the area, although there are plans to change this.

The Index goes on to measure social mobility prospects in each area and identifies those parts of the country which have the best social mobility outcomes (‘hotspots’), and those which have the worst (‘coldspots’). Of the 65 areas ranked on the prevalence of coldspots, Liverpool came 51st.

 The SMF’s Liverpool story, so far

Since 2013, the SMF has supported almost 300 students from Liverpool and surrounding local authorities on our Aspiring Professionals Programme. We have reached young people across 10 local authorities, and from almost 60 schools and colleges across the region.

Having a team based in Liverpool means that we are better positioned to reach young people who could benefit from the opportunities provided on our programme, and enables us to develop strong relationships with local employers and mentors who would like to offer their support in the future.

We are excited to welcome our 2018 cohort during our launch events in February, which are kindly being hosted by DWF LLP and Weightmans LLP.

If you would like to find out more about our work in Liverpool and how you can get involved, please contact us at liverpool@socialmobility.org.uk.

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