Embedding Formative Assessment (EFA) resource

SSAT’s Embedding Formative Assessment digital resource is a two-year professional development pack that contains everything you need for a professional development day, together with additional tools for running 16 monthly follow-up teacher learning communities (TLCs). This pack is designed for primary, secondary and FE phases.

This newly updated resource contains new resources including new techniques, recording of Dylan Wiliam built into the workshops and taking it further handouts with QR codes and short links to additional recordings focusing on specific techniques.

This whole-school resource will help you to address the complex challenge of changing teacher practice. It will share what is known about the nature of expertise in teaching, why changing practice is so hard and help you to create a supportive environment for your teachers to develop and change habits together.

As well as providing techniques for implementing formative assessment, the EFA resource explores the issues surrounding teacher learning communities (TLCs) and includes films of Dylan Wiliam, classroom practice, case studies as well as interviews with teachers and students.

To ensure that the programme is implemented effectively, we offer our expertise to support schools implementing the resource using our expertise gained through the EEF EFA research trial involving 140 schools and 25,000 students.

EFA Programme Summary

Download an overview of the programmes content and sample of a Teacher Learning Community workshop using the attached.

Free download

What’s included?

EFA Handbook – An introduction to the pack and guidance for using the materials.

Supporting Materials – resources required for each year of operation, including templates for peer feedback. personal action planning and role of the challenger. This section also includes a recording of Dylan Wiliam introducing the programme and case studies.

Year One and Year Two – Teacher learning community (TLC) workshop resources containing all materials needed to maintain and support TLCs within your school across 16 (plus one optional) monthly workshops. These include detailed agendas for TLC workshop leaders, technique handouts and films.

The package includes a range of Microsoft Word documents and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. The Word documents and PowerPoint presentations can be edited and personalised to meet your specific requirements.

For all enquiries, Get in touch by email.

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

Sweden: Natur und Kultur
For all other countries use the UK link above.


Dylan Wiliam, Educationalist and Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education, is widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in this field and shares with us the results of a ten-year programme of research.

Siobhan Leahy was headteacher of Edmonton County School and has practical experience of embedding assessment for learning in her school using TLCs.