Developing Cultural Capital

What is Cultural Capital?

Cultural capital can be defined as the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a pupil can draw upon to demonstrate their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence. It is one of the key ingredients that pupils will draw upon to be successful in society, their chosen career and in the world of work. At Hebburn Comprehensive, we work tirelessly to raise aspirations and embed ambition in all of our young people and expose them to a range of experiences to enhance their life chances and enable them to become successful, life-long learners.

We recognise that for pupils to be successful citizens of the future, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital. We do this in a number of ways: through our curriculum, extra-curricular clubs and activities, trips and visits and careers activities.

We recognise that there are six key areas of development that are interconnected and contribute to building pupils’ 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

Nothing is more important for our children’s education than ensuring they are supported and have the opportunity they need to thrive in a diverse, modern Britain.




Careers and Information, advice and guidance provision;

Personal Finance Education;

Employability skills,

Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum;

Relationship and Sex Education curriculum;

The school’s wider pastoral framework;

Transition support and induction;

Work to develop confidence e.g. Oracy development in tutor time, extra-curricular clubs, school production;

Activities focused on building self-esteem;

Mental Health & well-being provision;

Form Time curriculum.

PSHE curriculum;

Relationship and Sex Education programme;

Form time curriculum;

Charity work and year group activities;

Pupil Voice – School council, STYP;

Access to counselling;

Extra-curricular clubs;

Sports clubs and teams;

Diversity groups.

Physical Education curriculum;

Anti-bullying and safeguarding policies and strategies;

The health, drugs, alcohol, smoking and  sex and relationships and elements of the PSHE curriculum;

Extra-curricular provision;

Food technology curriculum

Science Curriculum

Relationship and Sex Education programme.





The Religious Education/Studies Curriculum;

Our collective acts of reflection;

Support for the expression of individual faiths;

The Assembly programme;

Diversity groups.


The Religious Education/Studies Curriculum;

Behaviour Management policies;

Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects;

Form time curriculum;

RESPECT targets.

Access to the Arts;

Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the curriculum and clubs;

Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos;

Co-operative values;

Assembly programme;

Form time curriculum;

Diversity groups.