Stop obsessing over rags-to-riches stories, says Boris Johnson’s social mobility czar

Katharine Birbalsingh will say that success is often defined too narrowly as stories of people rising from humble backgrounds to elite jobs

Katherine Birbalsingh, Chair of the Social Mobility Commission
Katherine Birbalsingh, Chair of the Social Mobility Commission

Stop obsessing over rags to riches stories and celebrate smaller steps up the ladder, the social mobility government czar will say.

Tory darling Katharine Birbalsingh will say success is often defined too narrowly as stories of people rising from humble backgrounds to elite jobs.

In her first speech as Chair of the Social Mobility Commission (SMC), Ms Birbalsingh is expected to call for a greater focus on smaller steps up, e.g. B. the son of a postman who becomes a branch manager, or the children of unemployed parents who become stable workers.

Speaking to the Policy Exchange think tank, she says: “We want to move away from the idea that social mobility should only be about the ‘long’ rise from the bottom up – the person born into a family in social housing and becomes a bank clerk or managing director.”

Ms Birbalsingh added: “When a child of parents who have been long-term unemployed or never worked gets a good job close to them, isn’t that an achievement worth celebrating?







The social mobility government czar has called for a less focus on rags to riches stories
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“Would we really say that because they’re not a doctor or a lawyer, it doesn’t count as social mobility?”

Ms Birbalsingh, who has been described as Britain’s ‘toughest’ leader, first came to prominence in 2010 with a candid speech at the Tory conference about the ‘broken’ education system.

She founded the high-performing Michaela Community School in London in 2014 and was appointed Social Mobility Tsarina by Equality Secretary Liz Truss last year.

But she’s also drawn her fair share of criticism for making controversial remarks.

Ms Birbalsingh recently made headlines for saying “physics isn’t something girls like to do” and that “there’s a lot of hard math in there that I think they’d rather not do”.

She also slammed “wake culture” as she launched a defense of No10’s divisive racing report last year, which said Britain was not marred by institutional racism.

The SMC is expected to release a comprehensive State of the Union report later this month.

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