Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sign of social immobility

After 50-plus years of government programs to create opportunities for social mobility in the UK, there's at least one area that's lacking.

Most senior judges and top QCs still privately educated, figures show
Nearly three-quarters of senior judges and 71% of top QCs [Queen's counsels] are privately educated, according to analysis by the Sutton Trust.

newly appointed QCs
The proportion for judges has barely changed since the 1980s, despite the fact that only about 7% of the population attend fee-paying schools...

Comparable figures from 1989 recorded that 76% of senior judges were privately educated. The latest Sutton Trust survey found that this has fallen marginally to 74%.

The survey also found that 74% of senior judges, 78% of top QCs and 55% of solicitor partners… went to Oxford or Cambridge University.

The Sutton Trust [that conducted the survey] was established in 1997 with the aim of improving social mobility through education.

Sir Peter Lampl, the chairman of the trust and the Education Endowment Foundation, said: “Today’s findings, in particular the worrying fact that the high proportion of privately educated judges has barely changed since the 1980s, warns us that there is still a big social mobility problem within the legal sector… "

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