What is Cultural Capital?
Cultural Capital is not a new term, it is one well rooted in sociology since the 1970’s to refer to the social assets gained by people (languages, education, intellect, experiences etc.) that supported their social mobility. In essence cultural capital allows people to enjoy economic and social success.
OFSTED most recently applied this term to education in their 2019 Framework and for schools it really means - what are we offering in our broad, balanced and innovative curriculum that allows children to have the breadth of experiences, exposure to languages and skills to allow them to have a fulfilling and successful advantage in their wider lives.
The aim is that pupils at OLOL will therefore learn skills, have the opportunity to identify and explore talents, experience the arts and wonders of human cultural and creative expression, develop character and resilience, learn about what it means to be part of a diverse British culture while having an understanding of the culture, history and traditions of others, to have a range of new experiences that allow them to grow in independence and curiosity and to be active members of society. OFSTED’s expectation is that a rich curriculum builds cultural capital and we aspire that all pupils receive that over their 8 year learning journey with us…
At OLOL we achieve this through the effective curriculum as described on each of the pages on this website, with opportunities to have: