Firm funds study examining the Social Mobility Foundation’s impact on university destinations for program participants

Mar 30, 2015

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) recently published an independent evaluation by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, which examines the SMF’s impact on the university destinations of young people on its programs.

The report finds that the impact of its program on participants, who are high achievers from disadvantaged backgrounds, is large: among those who go to university, it increases the likelihood of attending a Russell Group institution by between 17% and 27% compared to those with similar attainment from similar backgrounds who do not participate in the SMF program.

The scale of the impact is likened by the IFS to having A*A*A* at A-Level rather than AAA, and means that a higher proportion of SMF participants enter Russell Group universities (70%) than those from independent schools with similar grades (65%).

Read the report.


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