Cultural Capital

At Brading  CE Primary School, cultural capital is a key part of our curriculum. It is intertwined throughout all areas of our school life, as we aim to provide the skills and experiences for children to believe in themselves, by ensuring that they are aware of all the opportunities, which exist around them.

Every child and their family who joins Brading CE Primary School will have knowledge and experiences connected to their own culture and family. This could include language, beliefs, traditions, interests, travel and work.
Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child is able to draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness and knowledge.  It is one of the key elements an individual can fall back on  to flourish into adult life, their career and  within society.
Cultural Capital allows children, no matter what their starting point in life, to have the desire to aspire to great things. It provides children with life experiences, foundations for success and the ability to achieve their goals.

Ofsted defines Cultural Capital as:
“As part of making the judgement about 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. Ofsted’s understanding of this knowledge and cultural capital matches the understanding set out in the aims of 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.”

We aim to provide Cultural Capital opportunities and experiences through:

  • Providing our children with an engaging, broad and balanced curriculum, which is carefully adapted and catered to the needs of all our children.
  • A variety of extra-curricular activities that will improve engagement, self-esteem and mental and physical well-being.
  • Planning and providing hooks and outcomes for each unit of learning
  • School trips linked to curriculum topics to promote a love of learning their lives
  • Educating children on different cultures and ways of life and celebrating differences.
  • Providing our children with the knowledge of the variety of occupations, they can aspire to be through trips, speakers and research.