Grange Park Cultural Capital Policy
Research shows that when children and families’ cultures are valued, both the child’s experience of learning and progress can benefit (Husain et al., 2018, p. 4 and Gazzard, E. 2018 in Chalmers, H. and Crisfield, E. 2019).
Ofsted define cultural capital as:
“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.”
Grange Park believes Cultural Capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours and skills that a child can draw upon which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competencies. It is one of the key ingredients a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and their world of work. It allows children 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.
At Grange Park Primary School, we are widening children’s experiences as they progress through school, as we recognise this is an important step in providing a rich, engaging and purposeful learning journey across the curriculum. We plan carefully for children to have progressively richer experiences in The Early Years and beyond. Cultural capital is not just solely attached to The Arts subjects; it is entwined across our curriculum. It is the opportunity to allow children to be curious, to be creative, to have an impulse and desire to learn and find out more. It also allows children to explore themselves such as where they come from, where they belong, where they feel safe, confident and strong, how the children manage their own wellbeing and to also ensure that they grow as a person. Cultural capital is absolutely everywhere in our world, in our own house, our street, our town/city, across the nation and across the globe.
We recognise that for 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. 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:
- Personal Development
- Social Development, including political and current affairs awareness
- Physical Development
- Spiritual Development
- Moral Development
- Cultural Development
Our plans for Grange Park is to welcome afterschool provisions as we are observing the easing of lockdown restrictions. This will allow for additional opportunities to nurture children’s cultural understanding through extra-curricular opportunities including a film and dance club. We recognise that children are unique and original individuals and should play an active part in the arts to help develop their own sense of cultural capital during their time at Grange Park. In the Summer term, we will also be starting a School Parliament which will see the children playing an active role to structure the school to ensure it is child led.