AQA hosted a roundtable discussion on social mobility at the Houses of Parliament on 23 April, chaired by Telford MP and Education Select Committee member Lucy Allan.
The event, ‘Making the Most of Your Grades’, brought together a diverse range of institutions to offer their insight on the issue, including some of the UK’s biggest social mobility charities including IntoUniversity, Brightside and The Brilliant Club.
Also present was Baroness Tyler of Enfield, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility, who highlighted the role of regional inequalities.
Speaking about the event, Lucy Allan MP said: "I am delighted to have had the opportunity to chair this important debate. As a member of the Education Select Committee, ensuring all young people can make the most of their potential is an area on which I have focused in Parliament and is of vital concern to young people in my constituency.
"We must tackle the barriers that hold back young people from less advantaged backgrounds."
AQA’s Chief Executive, Professor Toby Salt, added: "As the largest exam board, social mobility is an issue we take very seriously and we’re extremely grateful to everyone who attended and contributed to the discussion.
"Only by raising awareness of the key social mobility issues affecting young people can we ensure we are doing all we can to help those that are most disadvantaged in society.
"Ultimately, we want to see all young people make the most of their qualifications and realise their full potential."