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.

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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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.

Spend a day with Professor Dylan Wiliam the originator of the EFA programme.

Dylan will share his expertise and insight on why embedding formative assessment is the single most effective thing you can do to positively impact student outcomes. Together we will explore how you can communicate this message to your whole staff to ensure buy-in to the programme and look in depth at the model that is used to embed habit change.

Manchester, Monday 24 June 2024

Bristol, Tuesday 25 June 2024

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.

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
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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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SSAT is now partners with the Chartered College of Teaching

Those who complete the EFA programme will be able to apply for an exemption from the Development of Teaching Practice Award for teachers (20 credits).

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Events

Join us for an online briefing, visit an EFA Ambassador School to see EFA in action and spend a day with Professor Dylan Wiliam, the originator of the EFA programme.

Thursday 13 June 2024
The impact of teacher habit change on learner engagement, motivation and outcomes

Join Corinne Settle, Senior Education Lead and EFA Programme Leader in a webinar where she will explain how to positively impact your students, teachers and school culture. Corinne will give an overview of the programme and answer your questions.

Monday 24 June 2024
Embedding Formative Assessment with Dylan Wiliam – Manchester

Spend a day with Professor Dylan Wiliam the originator of the EFA programme as he shares his expertise and insight on why embedding formative assessment is the single most effective thing you can do to positively impact student outcomes and network with other schools like yours.

Tuesday 25 June 2024
Embedding Formative Assessment with Dylan Wiliam – Bristol

Spend a day with Professor Dylan Wiliam the originator of the EFA programme as he shares his expertise and insight on why embedding formative assessment is the single most effective thing you can do to positively impact student outcomes and network with other schools like yours.

Monday 1 July 2024
EFA Open Day – Hunter’s Bar Junior School

This open day 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 to get answers to any questions you have about the programme.


Insights

Don’t just take our word for it. Find out more the impact that the programme is having on schools like yours.

The most powerful and transformative T&L strategy
Gary Anderson, Assistant Headteacher, Sir Graham Balfour School, Stafford

“The T&L development work we have done on Embedding Formative Assessment has been the most powerful and transformative T&L strategy I have been part of during my time at Balfour. This is because it has raised standards in lessons for all students regardless of their prior attainment, gender,
socioeconomic status or SEND need by giving students much more of what they individually need to succeed.”

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How to get organised in those early months
Charlotte Harland, Assistant Headteacher, Hilbre High School

“Raise the profile of EFA and celebrate it as much as you can. Use briefings, newsletters, your website, parent mails, mini reminders on whole school platforms and leadership meetings to get staff and stakeholders talking about it! Highlight staff members who have done well or have challenged themselves.”

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New EEF podcast looks at Embedding Formative Assessment
Trialled and Tested: Embedding Formative Assessment

Teaching should start from where the student is, not from where we would like them to be, says education professor Dylan Wiliam in this episode of Trialled and Tested, introducing how formative assessment strategies can be used in the classroom.

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Introduction to EFA

Watch Corinne Settle, Programme Leader, give you an overview of the programme while she explains the impact it can have in your school.

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Professor Dylan Wiliam – Impact of EFA

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Professor Dylan Wiliam – Development and impact of EFA

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Price information*
SSAT members
Non-members
EFA toolkit
£375
£375
2 year support programme
£5,500
£6,500
Price information*
SSAT members
EFA toolkit
£375
2 year support programme
£5,500
Non-members
EFA toolkit
£375
2 year support programme
£6,500
*Prices exclusive of VAT

Date and location

In-person training and online support

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Contact us or call 020 7802 0955.
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