Embedding Formative Assessment (EFA) resource

Since launching the EFA project there has been a far wider focus on what matters – what goes on in the classroom.
Adele Klitou, Vice Principal, Holy Family Catholic School

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 18 monthly follow-up teacher learning communities (TLCs). This pack is designed for primary, secondary and FE phases.

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 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 classroom practice, as well as interviews with students and teachers.


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 project involving 70 schools.

SSAT EFA Support and Consultancy

What’s included?

Section 1 – An introduction to the pack and guidance for using the materials

Section 2 – Teacher learning community (TLC) workshop materials containing all materials needed to maintain and support TLCs within your school across 18 monthly workshops. These include notes for TLC workshop leaders throughout the two years.

Section 3 – Core materials; resources required for each year of operation, including sheets for peer lesson observation and personal action planning.

Section 4 – Assessment for Learning (AfL): Video footage of Dylan Wiliam explaining the features of AfL and TLC models. Disc Two contains a series of films shot at two UK schools. 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 package includes a range 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 specific requirements.


£299.00 plus VAT

This is a digital resource. Access instructions will be sent to you after ordering.

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:

  • 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.



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.