What does PsychCap look like in schools?

In this episode, Denise and Mike discuss the value of using the Psychological Capital framework in an educational environment. The acronym H.E.R.O. represents the four pillars of this model: Hope, Self-Efficacy, Resilience, Optimism. Mike believes HERO overlaps significantly with John Hattie’s work, particularly in regards to teacher and student efficacy. Academic self-efficacy predicts engagement and achievement.  Mike’s school views Psychological Capital is a resource to be grown to help weather challenges.



Mike Anderson is the Principal of Waimairi School in Christchurch, NZ. Waimairi School was a finialist in the Prime Minister Award’s for Excellence in Leading for the work they have done in adapting to meet the needs of new entrance students (5 year olds). This award Celebrates leadership and its influence on strengthening professional capability and creating a change in conditions, leading to improved and sustained outcomes for all children and young people.