Cultural Capital

The value teachers place on the activities children engage in outside of school. In Lawrence Stenhouse’s wonderful book ‘An Introduction to Curriculum Research and Development’ there is a list of pupils’ interests and activities ranked by how their teachers approved/disapproved of them. It is quite an interesting, in some cases extraordinary, list. It was part … More Cultural Capital

Some Problems with Cultural Capital and Social Mobility

Initially appealing, at least to me, the idea of cultural capital has begun to worry me. Though not coined by someone who admitted to being a Marxist, Pierre Bourdieu did draw quite heavily on Marxist thinking when it came to expounding his thesis. It is about power. Simply put, if you speak posh, go on … More Some Problems with Cultural Capital and Social Mobility

Curriculum Series Number One: Curriculum Chaos

A striking conclusion that we have drawn from the findings is that, despite the fact that the curriculum is what is taught, there is little debate or reflection about it… there is a lack of clarity around the language of the curriculum. It is certainly possible that this ambiguity and lack of shared understanding expose … More Curriculum Series Number One: Curriculum Chaos

Spielman’s OFSTED Game Changer: The Importance of the Curriculum.

Perhaps I had a bit of sunstroke but it seemed to me that what the new OFSTED supremo, Amanda Spielman had to say was a ‘game’ changer. In her gloriously uplifting speech at the, equally gloriously uplifting, Wellington Festival of Education she said that: One of the areas that I think we sometimes lose sight … More Spielman’s OFSTED Game Changer: The Importance of the Curriculum.