And our Community
“When schools, parents, families, and communities work together to support learning, students tend to earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, stay in school longer, and enrol in higher level programs”.
National Education Association (NEA, March 2016)
At Dean Field Community Primary School we continuously review how the education we provide contributes to the life-long experience of all our pupils and their families. We understand how the home, local area and neighbourhood all contribute to the educational experience of each pupil. We have worked extremely hard, and continue to do so, to ensure relationships between our school and community are upheld to a high and positive standard. We develop strong links with outside agencies, community organisers and projects to model respectable and positive relationships. This also supports children’s cultural capital experiences which prepares them to be decent model citizens as they leave our school and continue to progress into teenage years and adulthood in the community and wider world.
“As part of making the judgement about the quality of education, inspectors will consider the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Our understanding of ‘knowledge and cultural capital’ is derived from the following wording in the national curriculum: ‘It is 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.”
(Ofsted School Inspection Handbook, Nov 2019)
Cultural Capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours and skills that a student can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence. It is one of the key ingredients a student will need to be successful at secondary school, in further education and eventually their career and the world of work. At Dean Field, we take every opportunity possible to enhance the cultural capital of our learners and equip them with the knowledge and experiences needed for society.
Here are some of the projects and experiences we support and take part in.