Whole School Embedding Formative Assessment Resource

Professional development pack

Embedding formative assessment is a two-year professional development pack for schools and colleges that contains all the materials needed for a professional development day together with a complete set of materials for running eighteen monthly follow-up workshops.

Changing teacher practice is complex and these training materials are designed to help you address this challenge. In preparing this pack our aim is to share with you what is known about the nature of expertise in teaching and why changing practice is so hard. This is why it is necessary to create a supportive environment for teachers to develop together.

As well as providing lots of techniques for implementing formative assessment, this pack probes deeply into the issues surrounding teacher learning communities (TLCs) and includes films of classroom practice, as well as interviews with students and teachers.

This resource was developed as part of an SSAT project funded through the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) – involving 140 secondary schools taking part in a two-year professional development programme based on formative assessment. Find out more about the project and read the end of project report.

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Content of Embedding Formative Assessment

Section 1 – An introduction to this pack and the use of materials contained within it.

Section 2 – TLC workshop materials containing all the materials needed to maintain and support TLCs within your school or college across eighteen monthly workshops. These include notes for TLC workshop leaders throughout the two years. Workshops 1-9 are covered on disc one and workshops 10-18 on disc two.
view sample: workshop 1.4

Section 3 – Core materials: resources required for each year of operation have been provided for you. These include sheets for peer lesson observation and personal action planning.

Section 4 – Assessment for learning (AfL): video footage of Dylan Wiliam explaining the features of the AfL and TLC models. Disc two contains a series of films shot at two UK schools: Edmonton Country School, Enfield, and St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School, Wakefield. These cover advice on implementing and leading TLCs, being a TLC member, what AfL looks like in the classroom, and teachers and students discussing the impact of TLCs on their practice and learning.

The discs include a combination of Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF documents and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. The Word documents and PowerPoint presentations can be edited and personalised to meet your needs.


Siobhan Leahy was headteacher of Edmonton County School, Enfield, and has practical experience of embedding assessment for learning in her school through the use of TLCs. Dylan Wiliam is widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in this field and shares with us the results of a ten-year programme of research.

Dylan and Siobhan would like to acknowledge the contributions of colleagues in the Learning and Teaching Research Center at Educational Testing Service (ETS), with whom scalable approaches for supporting and deepening teachers’ use of formative assessment practices were explored during 2004-2007, resulting in the Keeping Learning on Track® Program. The five key strategies and one big idea of formative assessment were developed at ETS, and are used here with permission.


£295.00 + VAT
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For all enquiries, get in touch with us by email.

To order this resource from outside the UK please contact the following organisations in the relevant countries:

  • Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, East Timor, Brunei, Christmas Island, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam) : Hawker Brownlow www.hbe.com.au or email orders@hbe.com.au
  • USA and Canada: Learning Sciences International. http://education-store.learningsciences.com/
  • Sweden: Natur und Kultur
  • Norway and Denmark: NorConsult

For all other countries use the UK link above.

Support Packages available

SSAT is also able to offer further support on the embedding of the resource in school through consultancy or events. To find out more about the support options available please visit the website here.

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