Cultural Capital – Going Beyond the Classroom
Cultural capital is defined as the gathering of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a student can draw upon and which establishes their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the important components a student will draw upon to be successful in wider society, their career and beyond The Marvell College. At The Marvell College we continue to build and develop our students’ cultural capital through strategically mapping this both within the curriculum and through wider school life with the aim of ensuring our students’ aspirations are high and that we expose them to a variety of experiences in order to help them achieve their goals and become successful both in school and once they leave our care.
Embedding a rich programme of cultural capital opportunities helps to promote social mobility and success in society, whilst also giving our students the power to achieve their ambitions, become successful and climb the social ladder without the necessity of needing wealth or financial capital. The hope is that by giving students this exposure, they are able to achieve social mobility no matter where their starting point lies.
The Marvell College understands that for students 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 own cultural capital. In order to do this we embed it into our curriculum, offer an expansive range of extra-curricular activities, trips, educational visits and careers programmes. In addition, The Marvell College also empowers pupils to take ownership through ‘The Marvell 50’(launching soon) which challenges pupils to complete 10 cultural capital activities in their own time throughout each year of their lives at The Marvell College. For further information about this, please see below.
At The Marvell College, cultural capital is developed across the whole curriculum through personal, social, physical, spiritual, moral and cultural development. An outline of these can be seen below:
This is an independent programme that is tracked in school and rewarded when pupils achieve and complete a range of cultural capital challenges throughout the school year. These challenges have been carefully selected for each year group, are evidenced by the pupils and tracked by the school.
Once pupils complete their year group challenges they will become a ‘Cultural Capital Champion’ which is rewarded, certificated and they also receive an enamel pin badge to wear proudly on the lapel of their school blazer.
Pupils will carry the booklet below from Y7 through to Y11 and will track their own completion by completing the booklet in tutor time and have their challenges signed off by their tutor.
Pupils can evidence a challenge completion through either emailing evidence to Marvell50@themarvellcollege.com or by evidencing it with their tutor or year team who then certify that a challenge has been completed.
At The Marvell College we host a range of clubs and activities for our students.