St. Wulstan's Roman Catholic Primary School

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

Cultural capital promotes social mobility and success.

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.

Cultural capital is having assets that give children the desire to aspire and achieve social mobility whatever their starting point.


Policy Rationale

At St. Wulstan’s, we recognise that for children 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 child’s cultural capital:

  1. Personal Development
  2. Social Development, including political and current affairs awareness
  3. Physical Development
  4. Spiritual Development
  5. Moral Development
  6. Cultural development


Summary of the key areas of coverage for each area of Cultural Capital Development and some examples of how children’s development is shown in the areas:

Personal development

  • Citizenship, Personal, Social and Health Education provision
  • The school’s wider pastoral framework
  • Growth mindset support – resilience development strategies
  • Transition support
  • Work to develop confidence e.g. role play, supporting peers
  • Activities focused on building self-esteem
  • Mental Health & well-being provision
  • Nurture provision


Social Development

  • Personal, Social and Health Education provision
  • Volunteering and charitable work
  • Pupil Voice
  • Support from St. Wulstan’s Home School Liaison Officer
  • Pastoral support from all staff
  • Nurture provision
  • Current affairs topics
  • Mums, Me and Tea, Dads, Me and Tea
  • Parent workshops
  • School council
  • Choir visits to the elderly
  • House captains
  • Peer Mediators
  • Sports clubs


Physical Development

  • The Physical Education curriculum
  • Healthy Eating policies and catering provision
  • 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 clubs related to sports and well-being
  • The celebration of sporting achievement including personal fitness and competitive sport
  • Activity-based residential visits
  • Design and Technology units related to food preparation and nutrition


Spiritual Development

  • The Religious Education Curriculum – see our RE pages
  • Our collective acts of reflection
  • Support for the expression of individual faiths


Moral Development

  • The Religious Education Curriculum
  • School vision and aims
  • Awards Assemblies
  • The school’s Behaviour policy: dojos, Wulstan Wonder Points, class points/table points, reward charts
  • Seeds and Gardeners
  • St. Wulstan’s school website
  • Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects
  • Pupil voice: the School Council, GIFT Team, Reading Ambassadors, Playground Pals, Eco Team
  • Displays
  • Understanding cause and effect, making the right choices
  • Nurture provision


Cultural Development

  • Citizenship education through PSHE
  • Arts education including Music and Drama
  • Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the Geography and MFL curriculum
  • Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos, informing all policy and practice
  • Window on the World Days
  • Assemblies
  • Charity events
  • Shakespeare Week, World Book Day
  • Choir
  • Appreciating artists – Arts Week


Each curriculum area makes its own contribution to children’s cultural capital development and supports SMSC across the school.


Click here for the SMSC Policy