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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 pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.


Ofsted’s definition of cultural capital is:


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.’”


In Science, there are many different ways of increasing levels of Cultural Capital. These include:

  • Engaging parents (promote the idea of 'I don't know, let's see if we can find out').
  • Revealing the relevance of Science
  • Challenging popular stereotypes
  • Being aware of language
  • Creating different opportunities for children to explore STEM