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Cultural Capital

Cultural Capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child gains over time through different experiences and opportunities. They draw upon these to demonstrate 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.

Cultural Capital gives a child power. It helps them achieve goals, become successful, and rise up the social ladder without necessarily having wealth or financial capital.

At Brabourne, we recognise that for a child 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.

The following all form part of Brabourne’s  approach to the Cultural Capital that we offer our children.

  • Our vision and Core Christian values
  • Our British values
  • Our PSHE/RSE policy
  • Our Curriculum
  • Our Pupil Leaders

There are six key areas of development that are interrelated and cumulatively contribute to a child’s Cultural Capital:

  1. Personal Development 
  2. Social Development
  3. Physical Development
  4. Spiritual Development
  5. Moral Development
  6. Cultural Development

Each Year Group makes its own unique contribution to children’s Cultural Capital development and supports SMSA across the school.

1. Personal Development

  • Careers Information;
  • Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education provision;
  • The school’s Christian ethos and values;
  • British values;
  • Growth mindset and meta-cognition – Resilience development strategies;
  • Transition support;
  • Work to develop confidence e.g. public speaking/organising whole school events;
  • Activities focused on building self-esteem;
  • Mental Health & well-being provision;
  • Financial education eg. ‘Apprentice’ activities;
  • Online safety education;
  • Anti-bullying education;
  • Pupil leadership roles eg. House Captains/Eco Team;
  • Visiting speakers and trips;
  • Enrichment days and theme weeks;
  • After-school clubs eg. Science, Art.

2. Social Development

  • Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education provision;
  • Volunteering and charitable works;
  • Pupil Voice – School Council;
  • Provisions linked to the school’s accreditations eg. British Council International Award
  • In school and wider community engagement;
  • Pastoral support;
  • Access to counselling.

3. Physical Development

  • The Physical Education curriculum;
  • Anti-bullying and safeguarding policies and strategies;
  • The Health Education dimension of the PSHE programme, including strands on drugs, smoking and alcohol;
  • The extra-curricular programme related to sports and physical and mental well-being;
  • The celebration of sporting achievement including personal fitness and competitive sport;
  • Cycling proficiency training and Cycling to School Safely protocol;
  • Activities available during unstructured time- lunch and break times and after school;
  • Activity-based trips;
  • Curriculum units related to food preparation and nutrition;
  • The promotion of walking or cycling to school;
  • Sporting events and bespoke training.

4. Spiritual Development

  • The Religious Education curriculum;
  • Collective acts of worship and reflection;
  • Support for the expression of individual faiths;
  • Inter-faith and faith-specific activities and speakers;
  • Visits to religious buildings and centres;
  • Moments of stillness and prayer.

5. Moral Development

  • The Religious Education curriculum;
  • The school’s Behaviour & Rewards policy;
  • Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects.

6. Cultural Development

  • Promotion of equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos, informing all policy and practice.
  • Citizenship Education through PSHE and the school’s ‘values in action’;
  • Access to the Arts;
  • Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the curriculum and trips and visits.

For further information of the cultural capital opportunities taught through our curriculum subjects, please see the individual subject pages.

Cultural Capital experiences at Brabourne 2022/2023 (Whole-School-Enrichment-and-Extention-Provision-1-1-2.pdf)