As teachers, we have a saying "no barriers". We do our utmost to make sure every child prospers with their education, investing time and energy into breakfast clubs, lunchtime clubs and intervention sessions after school, so that they can realise their potential. We teach children about resilience, pride, respect, involvement, determination and excellence. We inspire our tutor groups by giving them the names of Russell group universities. We even go the extra mile and take them to visit these universities, to help them believe that for working class children it does not just have to be a dream, it can become a reality. However, it appears that the barriers for a working-class child, no matter how inspired or talented, do not stop once they reach a Russell group university or even when graduating with a first class degree. In order to reach the ‘elite’ roles in society, (judges, senior civil servants investment bankers, higher managerial roles), they must persevere and show they have developed the necessary social standards, dropping working class accents and mannerisms. Social codes and a polished accent are still almost mandatory and will be the barrier at their interview stage, within many organisations in banking, the media and certain public institutions. Yet we never stop hearing from the establishment, its institutions and Westminster that they are encouraging diversity and inclusion. It seems to me we need radical thinking, and we need to encourage the potential in each one of the children. We must prioritise variables such as intellect, character, and talent, instead of obsessing over the superficial, such a posh background and an accent that fits with the organisational norms and culture. In other words, it is time to say, your future does not depend on where you come from but what you can contribute to the organisation with your talent, intellect and character. After all, this is 2019, not the Middle Ages where each citizen knew their place in society.