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Cultural Capital

Cultural Capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours and skills that a student 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. Cultural Capital promotes social mobility and success in a highly diverse society.

Cultural Capital gives a pupil the confidence to learn. It helps them achieve goals and become successful, whatever their starting point.

These six key areas of development that are interrelated and cumulatively contribute to the sum of a pupil’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

Virgo Fidelis’ Catholic Life and its RE curriculum contribute to all six categories, as detailed below.

Personal development

  • Pastoral framework
  • Growth mind-set and metacognition
  • Work to develop confidence through public speaking
  • Mental health and well-being through the development of Faith and a belief in life having a purpose

Social Development

  •  Volunteering and charitable works

Physical Development

  • Anti-bullying lessons referring to Gospel values
  • Activities for unstructured time
  • Activity-based residential programme

Spiritual Development

  • The RE curriculum
  • Our 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
  • Classes with speakers focussing on spiritual issues
  • The Assembly programme

Moral Development

  • The RE curriculum
  • The behaviour policy
  • Contributions to local, national and charitable projects

Cultural Development

  • Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the curriculum and trips and visits
  • Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos informing all policy and practice