The TES is reporting that a new study is claiming there is no evidence that collaboration between schools improves pupils’ attainment.
The literature review published by the Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education (CMRE) states that although there is much “popular rhetoric” about the benefits of collaboration, there is a “lack of robust evidence” to show that it improves pupils’ results.
…the CMRE report says that collaboration “probably isn’t key to the next phase of school reform”. Most literature on its impact is “essentially providing textbook examples of a consensus view”, it adds.
This literature tends to focus on successful schools that share resources and work together to solve problems, and to “suppose that this must contribute to their success” the report argues, adding: “This does not take account of those that do this and don’t succeed.”
Any differences that school chains are making to pupils’ outcomes could be attributable to “the influence of corporatisation” rather than to collaboration itself, the report says. However, research on multi-academy trusts has “opened up positive lines of inquiry”.
James Croft, executive director of the CMRE, said: “This paper shows that we don’t yet know enough about the efficacy of school collaboration, to distinguish it from the underlying effects of school autonomy and competition…”
See more directly from the CMRE at: Collaborative overreach: why collaboration probably isn’t key to the next phase of school reform or read the report in full below:[pdf-embedder url=”https://4cpa373vsw6v3t1suthjdjgv-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Collaborative-overreach.pdf”]
Collaboration between schools has become a very popular idea – are you therefore surprised to learn there is apparently little or no evidence for its impact on raising attainment?
Are there benefits from the approach that you are certain do exist?
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