What is Cultural Capital?
Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a child will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.
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”.
To support and enhance this further, we issue each child with an Activity Passport (from the DfE). The passport is full of rewarding and exciting experiences, some of which will be done in school, but most can be easily completed at home.
Children strive to become a ‘Culture Vulture’ by experiencing all of the activities in their passport.