Collective Efficacy

Focus-Trust central team and Principals share an understanding of what we mean by ‘Collective Efficacy’.  The origins of this relate to John Hattie’s research:

‘Amazing things happen when a school staff shares the belief that they are able to achieve collective goals and overcome challenges to impact student achievement. Recently, Professor John Hattie ranked collective teacher efficacy as the number one factor influencing student achievement (Hattie, 2016) based on a meta-analysis by Eells (2011). Collective teacher efficacy refers to the “collective self-perception that teachers in a given school make an educational difference to their students over and above the educational impact of their homes and communities” (Tschannen-Moran & Barr, 2004, p. 190). Rachel Jean Eells’ (2011) meta-analysis demonstrated that collective efficacy and student achievement were strongly related with an effect size of 1.57. According to the Visible Learning Research (Hattie, 2012), this is more than double the effect size of feedback (0.75). Collective teacher efficacy is beyond three times more powerful and predictive than socio-economic status (0.52). It is also greater than three times more likely to influence student achievement than student motivation and concentration, persistence, and engagement (0.48).

In our individual academies, it is vital that all staff work together to improve children’s outcomes. Across the Trust, it is essential that our leaders and staff share this commitment and strive for all our fifteen academies to be as strong as they possibly can be.  Principals and members of the central team agreed ‘we all share a commitment to working together on the things that matter to improve outcomes for all across the Trust.’ All Principals have a Collective Efficacy Appraisal objective to support this commitment and we will do further work to deepen the impact of collective efficacy on school improvement over the next few weeks and months.

Find out more via Forum Education’s Case Study on our Collective Efficacy: