Challenge the Impossible
For young people born into poorer families, success can seem like an impossible challenge.
Hurdles appear before them that don’t exist for those from wealthier families, making it virtually impossible to break through the ‘class ceiling’.
No child’s dreams should be written off because of their background.
We’re calling on teachers, parents, businesses and government to back our campaign and remove barriers to social mobility, so that all children can fulfil their potential.
Will it be a challenge? Yes. Impossible? No.
Get involved in the Big Class Challenge
Teach a lesson or volunteer in a classroom and inspire children of all ages to consider their options and goals after school.
A unique event for equality in education
Took place on 24 October 2017 – The SSE Arena, Wembley
Careers education is not good enough for young people from poorer backgrounds
Only 32% of the most disadvantaged pupils say they found the advice given by careers advisors helpful
More than twice as many wealthy pupils (27%) undertake work experience in professional services, compared to the least advantaged young people (12%)
Nearly half (44%) of the most-advantaged young people found work experience through family and friends, compared to less than 1 in 5 (18%) of the least-advantaged
It would cost less than £13 per child, the cost of a trip to the cinema, for every school to have a trained careers leader