Embedding Formative Assessment

Building on over 20 years of research by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy, this programme has shown to make a positive impact on student achievement and teacher behaviours.

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SSAT members: £5,500
Non-members: £6,500
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Embedding Formative Assessment is crucial for fostering a culture of continuous improvement in education. By incorporating formative assessment practices, educators can gain valuable insights into student learning, identify areas for improvement, and adapt teaching strategies to meet individual needs, ultimately enhancing student achievement and engagement.

Effective Formative Assessment

  • Boosts learner engagement through effective us of formative assessment techniques, fostering a supportive learning environment where students experience success and motivation increases.
  • Enhances responsiveness in lessons across your school, empowering teachers to collect better evidence and improve learning every lesson.
  • Achieves positive impacts on learner outcomes, as evidenced by the EEF’s report (Feb 2019) showing two additional months’ progress in GCSE Attainment 8 scores for learners in EFA schools.

Why do the Embedding Formative Assessment Programme?

Building on over 20 years of research by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy, this programme has shown to make a positive impact on student achievement and teacher behaviours.

Through a full randomised control trial involving 140 schools, the Education Endowment Foundation found:

  • Learners made the equivalent of two months’ additional progress in their Attainment 8 GCSE score.
  • Learners in the lowest third for prior attainment made more progress than their classmates in the top third.
  • Teachers felt the Teacher Learning Communities (TLCs) improved their practice by allowing valuable dialogue between teachers and encouraged.

DfE Accelerator Fund for EFA

We are delighted to announce that we have secured additional significantly subsidised places from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), through the DfE’s Accelerator Fund. As a result, we can now offer funding for our Embedding Formative Assessment (EFA) programme to 150 state funded schools with a secondary phase in England.

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Additional benefits of the programme

  • Improve teaching and learning across your school by empowering teachers to trial and refine formative assessment techniques.
  • Enable learners to take responsibility for their own learning through peer and self-assessment techniques.
  • Support your teachers in taking ownership over their learning by providing structured professional development and leadership opportunities.
  • Build a stronger sense of community in schools with teachers and learners collaborating with each other to achieve common goals.

Join a free EFA briefing to find out more about the programme

In these free briefings, Corinne Settle, Senior Education Lead and Programme Leader will be presenting how EFA can positively impact on your students, teachers and school culture. Corinne will give an overview of the programme and take questions.

Improving GCSE Outcomes in Education Investment Areas – 13 March 2024

How does the EFA programme work?

The EFA programme, based on extensive research by Dylan Wiliam and Siobhan Leahy, focuses on long-term habit change to improve formative assessment practice among teachers. This two-year whole-school programme, fully supported and resourced, comprises Teacher Learning Communities (TLCs) with meetings held every four weeks, facilitated by a selected TLC leader. An expert EFA mentor provides tailored support to ensure effective implementation and sustainable impact for the school.

This support will include:

  • Practical planning support for readiness
  • An initial day’s training in-school for school leaders and teachers leading the TLC meetings
  • Regular email/telephone contact with an assigned mentor with key reflection and planning points
  • Two in-person visits at the end of year one and two to review the programme and plan the next steps in implementation
  • A wide breadth of supporting resources, exemplars and case studies which can be used to support and maximise the impact of the programme

You will need to:

  • Commit to the programme for two-years with an understanding that teacher habit change takes time
  • Free up time and resources to implement the programme with fidelity
  • Treat implementation of the programme as a process, planning and executing it in stages working with your mentor

EFA Initial Training Evaluations Summary 2022-23

Based on over 1300 survey responses.

Over 96% of respondents found the initial EFA training to be very or extremely high quality.

Book a call with Corinne Settle, Senior Education Lead

Speak with Corinne Settle to learn more about the benefits of Embedding Formative Assessment in your school.
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Visit an EFA Ambassador School

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity of visiting an EFA Ambassador School to see the impact that the Embedding Formative Assessment programme is having on their school. These open days will allow you to hear from the school’s leadership team, teachers and students to gain a better understanding of how the programme works, how it has benefitted the whole school, and get answers to any questions you have about the programme.

Ricards Lodge High School, Wimbledon

Tuesday 20 February 2024

St John Fisher Catholic High School, Peterborough

Thursday 14 March 2024

Hunter’s Bar Junior School, Sheffield

Friday 19 April 2024

Finham Park School, Coventry

Thursday 25 April 2024

Price information*
SSAT members
EFA toolkit
2 year support programme
Price information*
SSAT members
EFA toolkit
2 year support programme
EFA toolkit
2 year support programme
*Prices exclusive of VAT

Date and location

In-person training and online support

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