Key Stage 2
Pupils aged from 7 to 11 years old work at Key Stage 2. The new more challenging national curriculum, which was introduced in 2014, was assessed by new tests and interim frameworks for teacher assessment. Results for 2016 and subsequent years are no longer reported as levels, each pupil receives their test results as a scaled score and teacher assessments based on the standards in the interim framework. The interim assessment criteria provided by the Standards and Testing Agency indicated that assessment should be based on 100% achievement and not a ‘best fit’ model. West Sussex applied this advice rigorously. Because of the changes detailed above, figures for 2016 and 2017 are not comparable to those for earlier years. Levels are not comparable with scaled scores or teacher assessment outcomes. The expectations for pupils at the end of key stage 2 have been raised.
2016-2017 Reading, Writing and Maths (RWM)
The main published indicator remains Reading, Writing and Maths (RWM), those pupils who reach or exceed the expected standard in all of reading test, writing teacher assessment and maths test. In West Sussex 55% of all pupils reached that standard compared to the national average of 62%. The West Sussex average has increased more rapidly than the national and the gap has now reduced by 2% to just 7%. The same picture is reflected against the South East, where the increase is only 8%, the gap has now reduced by 2% to just 8%.
Whilst there was a 10% point increase from 2016, the rate of improvement needs to accelearate so that the 2022 target is reached. Writing and mathematics remain the areas of concern.
Using the Standard and Testing Agency’s assessment criteria, the expected standard in the tests is a scaled score of 100 or above. Some pupils who attain the expected standard are judged to be “working at greater depth within the expected standard” (GDS). GDS is used in the charts below, but in some publications (e.g. ASP) the term “High Standard” is used for such pupils.
Attainment at the expected standard in the tests is highest in GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) at 74% compared to the national average of 78% (South East 77%).
Attainment is lowest in maths at 71% compared to the national average of 75% (South East also 75%).
Attainment in reading is at 71% compared to the national average of 72% (South East 74%).
In writing 69% of pupils were assessed by teachers as working at the expected standard, this was lower than in any of the test subjects and compares to the national average of 77% (South East also 77%).
Although some gains have been made against Statistical neighbours, West Sussex remains at the lowest rank for 7 of the 11 indicators for All Pupils. Boys show the most improvement against Statistical Neighbours, although West Sussex remains ranked 10 or 11 out of 11 in more than half the 33 indicators across all genders.
Comparison with other Local Authorities (rankings):
National/statistical neighbours: West Sussex's All Pupils national rankings for Expected Standard in Maths, RWM, GPS and Science all show improvement. There is improvement for All Pupils in RWM at Greater Than Expected Standard too, though all other subjects are down.
Girls show improvement in Maths at the Expected Standard and greater than Expected and at the expected Standard for GPS and Science. The Boys show the most improvement in rankings with 7 of the 11 indicators up on last year, with Science showing an increase of 37 places. With the exception of Greater Than Expected Reading, West Sussex remains in the lower half of rankings nationally.
South East: West Sussex’s rankings, against the 19 South East group of Local Authorities, are:
RWM EXS+ (=18th of 19)
Reading EXS+ = 13th of 19
The 2016 key stage 2 assessments were the first which assess the new, more challenging national curriculum which was introduced in 2014. New tests and interim frameworks for teacher assessment have been introduced to reflect the revised curriculum. Results are no longer reported as levels, and each pupil will now receive their test results as a scaled score and teacher assessments based on the standards in the interim framework. The expected standard has been raised and the accountability framework for schools has also changed. These changes mean that the expected standard is higher and not comparable with the expected standard used in previous year’s statistics.
Writing TA EXS = (19th of 19)
Maths EXS+ (=14th of 19)
Quarter 2 - to the end of September 2017
Key Stage 1 provisional outcomes are now available and the data below has been updated. West Sussex results are still below the national average but improved at a faster rate than the national average and, therefore, closing the gap to the national figure.
Key Stage 2 provisional outcomes confirm those reported in July 2017. West Sussex results are still below the national average but apart from in reading (which is close to national average) improved at a faster rate than the national average and, therefore, closing the gap.
Quarter 1 - to the end of June 2017
Key Stage 1 is an indicator of the current picture. Data shown is provisional interim data, as a very small number of schools are still to upload data sets. It is unlikely interim data will radically change when remaining uploads have been completed.
Key Stage 2 data was available for national download from the 4th July 2017. The data shown represents the proportion of pupils achieving the ‘expected standard’ and ‘greater depth’. The proportion of pupils achieving ‘greater depth’ as a separate measure is not yet available. All schools are currently reviewing their data in terms of the number of pupils for whom they will appeal and seek a recount / remark. Pupils typically put forward for recount / remark are no more than 3 points below threshold for achieving the ‘expected standard’. In 2016, this process had a+2% difference to the early unvalidated data. National data has been taken from the Statistical First Release (SFR) available on the DfE website.
Quarter 2 - September 2016
The revised Key Stage 2 results have been released, and for West Sussex 45% of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics (combined) which is rank 33 against 34 Shire Plus counties. These results are from new tests and teacher assessment of the new national Curriculum and are not directly comparable with previous measures. These results are disappointing.
School improvement, working with schools, have produced a programme of support and training to improve outcomes at Key Stage 1 as well as Key Stage 2. West Sussex officers are working with schools on this action plan to improve Key Stage 2 outcomes in 2017.