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Cultural Capital

At Willington Primary School, we believe that cultural capital gives our children the vital background knowledge and life experience they require to be informed, and thoughtful members of community with high ambitions for their future contributions to society. We believe that exposure, not only to culture but also to situations in which the children might not have previous experiences of, is of paramount importance to their ongoing successes.


Ofsted define cultural capital as…

 “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.’ 


We believe that providing our pupils exposure to experiences and situations in which they may not have experienced before, is vital in developing the whole child and their ongoing success.