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Alderman Cogan’s CE Primary Academy is committed to ensuring children’s education and experiences are rich in Cultural Capital.

What is Cultural Capital?​


The Department for Education defines Cultural Capital as “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.”


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.

How are Cultural Capital opportunities implemented at Alderman Cogan’s CE Primary Academy?

​In our school, 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. At Alderman Cogan’s CE Primary Academy, we aim to provide our children with experiences and opportunities to explore the world around them, ask questions and take part in interesting experiences.

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:

Personal development

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

Social Development

  1. Personal, Social and Health Education provision;
  2. Volunteering and charitable work – eg. raising funds for NSPCC; choir singing at Christmas for elderly in our local residential home
  3. Pupil Voice –School Council, Digital Ambassadors, Collective Worship Squad Leaders, Project Leaders
  4. Child and Family Support Worker support; (WEB Team)
  5. Pastoral support from all staff

Physical Development

  1. The Physical Education curriculum;
  2. Healthy Eating policies and catering provision;
  3. Anti-bullying and safeguarding policies and strategies, including the child-friendly policy
  4. The Health Education dimension of the PSHE programme, including strands on drugs, smoking and alcohol;
  5. The extra-curricular clubs related to sports and well-being;
  6. The celebration of sporting achievement including personal fitness and competitive sport;
  7. Activity-based residential visits. Robin Wood in Y6.
  8. Design and Technology units related to food preparation and nutrition;

Spiritual Development

  1. The Religious Education Curriculum;
  2. Our collective Worship and reflection prayer spaces
  3. Support for the expression of individual faiths;
  4. Inter-faith and faith-specific activities and speakers;
  5. Visits to religious buildings and centres;
  6. RE days

Moral Development

  1. The Religious Education Curriculum;
  2. The school’s Positive Behaviour policy;
  3. The school’s ethos: “We are all wonderfully made by God and loved by Him just as we are.”
  4. Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects.

Cultural Development

  1. Citizenship education through PSHE;
  2. Arts education including Music and Drama;
  3. Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the Geography and MFL curriculum;
  4. Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos, informing all policy and practice.
  5. Termly Awareness Days

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



We base our cultural capital understanding on What is Cultural CapitalSarah Crowther’s analogy of children coming to school with a backpack. We aim to fill their backpack throughout their time with us with rich experiences that enable them to develop an enriched Cultural Capital. The children have access to a Cultural Capital passport, which follows them through school. This passport includes all of the experiences we deem valuable and important to the children. Through our enriched creative curriculum, children are provided with further additional opportunities linked to the objectives on our Passport. 

This includes:​

  • Exploring and understanding the value of money, whilst learning about financial and money management.
  • Participating in a broad and balanced PSHE/RSE curriculum.
  • Supporting a charity organisation.
  • Learning and experiencing how to grow a plant, fruit and vegetables.
  • Learning how to play a musical instrument, both tuned and untuned.
  • Visiting a museum to learn more about an area I am focusing on in school. This includes Local and National museums.
  • Visiting a religious place of worship, for example a Church or a Mosque.
  • Understanding how history has shaped my future today (World War Two and Roman Legacy)
  • Reading and listening to stories by a diverse range of authors.
  • Writing a letter, addressing an envelope and posting it in the post box or at the post office.
  • Learning how to navigate the internet and how to send an email.
  • Learning how to say key phrases in another language.

Please open the document below for the full range of experiences we offer to the children at Alderman Cogan CE Primary Academy. We hope by providing these experiences, we prepare the children to be educated citizens, who achieve and succeed in society.


Click here to see Pupil Year Group Passports.


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6