The changing currency of ‘cultural capital’

The English schools inspectors are apparently looking for schools to teach ‘cultural capital’. But what does cultural capital mean, and how is it changing?

It’s now a full year since Ofsted, the UK schools inspectorate, incorporated the notion of ‘cultural capital’ in its inspection framework. Several commentators were surprised by the sudden appearance of the term, not least because it derives from the work of a noted left-wing sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu – an unlikely inspiration for Ofsted and its political masters. Several blogs attempted to explain the term (a couple of the most useful can be found here and here), but few have taken much notice of more contemporary research on the issue.

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