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Last updated at 09:59 BST, Thursday, 14 April 2011

Social Mobility

Children wait in a line at a primary school in England

Children can be affected by their parents' social status

Rob and Yvonne talk about social mobility. The UK government has launched a new policy, which aims to provide greater opportunities for people to have well-paid jobs and improved access to high-quality schools.

This week's question:

According to government statistics what percentage of the UK population has attended an independent or private school?

a) 7%

b) 12%

c) 24%

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!


Social Mobility

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social mobility

how much a person's position and privileges in society are allowed to change (often due to their financial situation or social background)

a strategy

a detailed plan of action

social hierarchy

a system in which people occupy different positions based on their wealth or privileges available to them

material wealth

money and property owned


situations in which it is possible for someone to do something

a correlation between

a link, or a close connection, between

crucial transitions

changes or alterations which could prove important in the future


the results of earlier decisions or actions

to seize

to take hold of quickly and firmly


accepting ownership of something, often a problem