Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.’
Why do Children need Cultural Capital?
Cultural capital gives a child power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital.
Cultural capital is having assets that give children the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.
What is Cultural Capital?
Cultural capital promotes the idea that schools should support the modern definition of what ‘cultural capital’ means. That is an individual who is knowledgeable about a wide range of culture, is comfortable discussing its value and merits, and has been given a vast array of experiences and access to skill development.
At St Paul's, children will:
- Be exposed to a wide range of cultural artefacts, books, works of art and genres of music;
- Be taught the language, vocabulary and spoken language skills to be able to express and discuss their preferences;
- Leave prepared for their next stage of education.
Therefore, cultural capital is realised through all aspects of our curriculum by exposing our children to a large variety of subject areas and arts; promoting character-building qualities that lead to creating well-rounded, global citizens, and to ensure that our children are on the journey to achieve recognised and meaningful qualifications that will open up doors to paths in later life.
What Ofsted Say
Ofsted define cultural capital as…
“As part of making the judgement about the quality of education, inspectors will consider the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
Our understanding of ‘knowledge and cultural capital’ is derived from the following wording in the national curriculum: ‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’ “