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Extra-curricular activities: Cultural capital and personal development

In this five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at best practice for planning and delivering effective extra-curricular provision. In part four, he looks at how provision can boost powerful knowledge, ‘cultural capital’, and personal development

Extra-curricular activities series

Cultural capital and personal development

I would like to continue this series by exploring how extra-curricular activities might help build pupils’ knowledge and cultural capital, and thus prepare them for success in school and in later life. Let us start by defining what we mean by the term “cultural capital”.

Cultural capital is a somewhat contentious notion that has taken on new meanings within the world of education since its inclusion in the national curriculum and Ofsted’s 2019 Education Inspection Framework (EIF).

In the field of sociology, cultural capital comprises the social assets of a person (education, intellect, style of speech, style of dress, etc) that promote social mobility in a class-driven society.

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