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Northants results within the Social Mobility Index 2017

01 December 2017

The Social Mobility Commission released their 2017 Social Mobility Index this week. The Index highlights where people from disadvantaged backgrounds are most and least likely to make social progress. The package includes a National Social Mobility State of the Nation 2017 report along with a spreadsheet containing all the data used to create the Index. The Index is created at lower tier local authority level (districts, boroughs and unitary authorities) and ranks these in order of overall relative Social Mobility from hotspots (when rank 1 is the most socially mobile) to coldspots (where rank 324 is the least socially mobile). The Index takes 16 indicators grouped into four domains (Early Years, School, Youth and Adulthood). All indicators and domains are also ranked.

In the overall Index, Corby is 4th worst local authority for social mobility amongst people from disadvantaged backgrounds and Wellingborough the 7th worst. Kettering and East Northamptonshire are also within the worst 10% of authorities across the country, with Northampton not far ahead. The national report states that half the local authority areas in the East Midlands are social mobility coldspots.

To make the position of the Northamptonshire boroughs and districts clearer, we have added an extra tab to the datasheet, which takes just the Northamptonshire boroughs and districts and shades their rankings according to decile (where the bad results for social mobility are red and good results for social mobility are blue). This shows that the most problematic domain affecting the position of the county's boroughs and districts is 'School' - particularly the two indicators which look at the proportion of Free School Meals students attending schools rated as Outstanding or Good by OFSTED.

For more detail, please see the full Social Mobility Data 2017 Spreadsheet.
There are Social Mobility sub-themes within the Deprivation and Equality themes on Northamptonshire Analysis, if you need to find these reports again at a later date.

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