Embedding Formative Assessment (EFA) support packages

SSAT’s experience extends to offer tailored support and consultancy, based around the effective implementation of the EFA resource to ensure your school strategically maximises the impact of the programme and it becomes a sustainable feature of your school.

SSAT have worked with Dylan Wiliam for over fifteen years on introducing the Embedding Formative Assessment programme into schools, most recently with a two-year EEF funded research programme that identified the most effective methodology for implementing an embedded cultural shift that enabled formative assessment to impact on pupil progress (EEF +2 months) without additional teacher workload.

It has been extremely useful to have the insight and support of a Lead Practitioner to talk through progress with the project and to have suggestions on how to develop the project, drawing on the experience of how it is working in other schools but also being able to recognize the context of our school.
Sophie Cabral, Associate Assistant Headteacher, St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Support options

If you’re looking to embark on the EFA programme, we can offer you support over the two years. This includes:

  • One-day launch training delivered in school for your school leaders and teacher learning communities (TLC) leaders. This will cover key topics that include: planning for effective implementation, launching the programme to staff, effective facilitation of TLC’s and involving students in the programme.
  • Consultancy from a Lead Practitioner, with regular on-going support via email, telephone and face-to-face meetings, resulting in further four days’ worth of support over the two years.
  • A wide breadth of supporting resources, exemplars and case studies which can be used to support and challenge teachers and school leaders.

If you’ve already started your EFA journey, we can offer a one-day Lead Practitioner visit, providing bespoke support to ensure your programme is driving progress for staff and students alike.

Register your interest in our support package below and we’ll contact you to discuss what options will suit you.


Please note the below are approximate and only to provide an indication. Total costs depend on the type of consultancy and support provided.

One Day Launch Event

£1,200 exc VAT (member price)

Year one support and consultancy package including launch event and support over the first year

£3,100 exc VAT (member price)

Year one and two support and consultancy package including launch event and support over both years

£5,000 exc VAT (member price)

For non-member prices or for information about options for smaller schools to collaborate and share the cost of some aspects of the support package such as the launch event please contact adviseme@ssatuk.co.uk.

I had two hopes from this programme; one was to try and make our teaching more responsive to the needs of students, particularly in ensuring students couldn’t opt out and weren’t overlooked in lessons. The other was to try to engage teachers in talking more to each other about teaching and learning. For me the greatest whole-school success has been that not only have these objectives been fulfilled, it has established a process for CPD that is valued by teachers and has helped to provide clear next steps for feedback and teaching and learning in our school.
Dominic McKenna, Deputy Headteacher, St. Joseph’s College

Without question, the greatest achievement has been the development of staff relationships and the willingness to discuss, critique, analyse and support colleagues in developing formative assessment approaches. The structure of the TLCs will remain far beyond this programme and have already been embedded as a feature of our growing teaching school alliance CPD programme.
Gareth Butcher, Assistant Head, Wilmington Grammar School for Girls