Cultural Capital at Christ the King School
Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours and skills that a pupil can draw upon, which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will require to be successful in society, their chosen career and the world of work.
Cultural capital promotes social mobility and success in our stratified society. We recognise that it is having assets that give pupils the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility, whatever their starting point.
Cultural capital gives a pupil power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital.
At Christ the King we recognise that for all pupils to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital. In order for them to achieve this, we have designed a curriculum with the aim of giving all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. In order to ensure all children have equality of opportunity, we are ambitious in regards to the knowledge and experiences our children are exposed to.
We want to ensure our pupils gain the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping them to gain an appreciation of human creativity and achievement, whilst having a curriculum that is culturally rich for all our pupils. We constantly give the pupils access to cultural references and experiences throughout our day to day teaching and school environment. Each subject taught within the school day makes its own contribution to pupils’ cultural capital development.
The school recognises that there are six key areas of development that are interrelated and cumulatively contribute to the sum of a pupil’s cultural capital: