Overview

Understanding Ofsted reports

Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) is a government department that inspects and regulates educational institutions. All schools are inspected as part of a cycle of inspection with inadequate and RI (Requires Improvement) schools being inspected within two years and good schools every three years. Outstanding schools are not routinely inspected.

After the inspection, Ofsted publishes a public report that contains information on the school’s performance.Inspectors make key judgements on the following areas:

  • overall effectiveness
  • effectiveness of leadership and management
  • quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • outcomes for pupils

Judgements are made using a four-point scale:

  • grade 1 - Outstanding
  • grade 2 - Good
  • grade 3 - Requires Improvement
  • grade 4 – Inadequate

In judging overall effectiveness, inspectors will take account of the four key judgements. Inspectors should first make the key judgements on:

  • the quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • outcomes for pupils

The Local Authority is committed to ensuring that all pupils in the county attend a school judged to be at least good or outstanding. The Directorate of Education and Skills works in partnership with all schools and stakeholders to ensure this is achieved. It continues to target under performing schools by providing challenge and support to secure rapid and sustainable improvements and raise standards.

The Local Authority is committed to ensuring that all pupils in the county attend a good or outstanding school and the Education and Skills service is working with schools and partners towards this outcome. Where it is considered that a school is underperforming, or at risk of underperforming, it continues to target these schools, and will work alongside the school to either improve their rating at the next inspection, or to help them to ensure that they remain good. The Education and Skills service has a positive track record of supporting these schools.
School performance is tracked by measuring the proportion of pupils who attend good or outstanding schools at the schools’ last inspection.
All schools are inspected as part of a cycle of inspection with inadequate and RI (Requires Improvement) schools being inspected within two years and good schools every three years. Outstanding schools are not routinely inspected.

Performance of West Sussex Schools - March 2018
The total for pupils attending West Sussex schools that are judged good or outstanding has decreased slightly to 84.2%. This is still higher This figure higher than the figures shown in the 2016/17 academic year. For January, the percentage for each school phase is as follows:
  • Primary School pupils = 83.0%
  • Secondary School pupils = 85.3%
  • Special School pupils = 96.0%

Performance of West Sussex Schools - January 2018
The total for pupils attending West Sussex schools that are judged good or outstanding has increased to a 17-month high of 84.8%. The increase from September 2016 to December 2017 is 4.0%. Performance of West Sussex Schools – January 2018.
For January, the percentage for each school phase is as follows:
  • Primary School pupils = 84.0%
  • Secondary School pupils = 85.3%
  • Special School pupils = 96.0%

Performance of West Sussex Schools - December 2017

The total for pupils attending West Sussex schools that are judged good or outstanding has increased to a 16-month high of 84.2%. The increase from September 2016 to December 2017 is 3.2%.

For December, the percentage for each school phase is as follows:

  • · Primary School pupils = 83%
  • · Secondary School pupils = 85%
  • · Special School pupils = 96%

Performance of West Sussex Schools - November 2017

The total for pupils attending West Sussex schools that are judged good or outstanding has remained steady this month at around 84%. For November, the percentage for each school phase is as follows:

  • · Primary School pupils = 82%
  • · Secondary School pupils = 85%
  • · Special School pupils = 100%

Performance of West Sussex Schools - October 2017

Performance is measured monthly based on the published outcomes of Ofsted inspections of West Sussex schools including academies and free schools.

Our ambition is to be in the top 25% of counties nationally.

Since April 2015 the percentage of schools judged to be good or outstanding has generally improved month-on-month from 75% to 84% in October 2017.

The West Sussex Strategy for School Improvement, introduced in April 2016, has contributed to increasing the proportion of pupils taught in West Sussex schools that are judged as good or outstanding.


Quarter 2 - September 2017

Between June and September 2017 the proportion of pupils in good and outstanding schools improved by 1%. The increase is largely the result of inspection that took place in July as no inspections took place during August and the reports on those that have taken place in September have yet to be published.


Quarter 1 - June 2017

Changes in the proportion of pupils attending good and outstanding schools are dependent the number of pupils in schools that are inspected and move into good or outstanding categories from Requires Improvement or Inadequate. In June 2017 the increase in the proportion of pupils attending good or better schools was 1%. In West Sussex our total pupil population is circa 112,000. This means that schools inspected by Ofsted, with small numbers of pupils, who move into the good or outstanding categories make little difference to the overall proportion of pupils taught in good or better schools. Approx. 1,120 pupils are required to be taught in schools that Requires Improvement or Inadequate to be inspected as good or outstanding to make a 1% difference this represents the pupils population in approx. 1 medium sized secondary school and 2 primary schools.


Quarter 4 - March 2017

Performance is measured monthly based on the published outcomes of Ofsted inspections of West Sussex schools including academies and free schools. The goal is measured by tracking the percentage of pupils attending good and outstanding schools. Our ambition is to be one of the top 25% of highest performing counties.

Since March 2016 the percentage has improved from 79% and for a period during the year was as high as 83%. The variation from month to month is to an extent dependent on which schools are inspected as a large secondary school has a bigger impact on the overall figure than a small primary school. There can also be considerable variations in the length of time taken for reports to be published after an inspection.

The West Sussex Strategy for School Improvement, introduced during 2016, and including more regular visits by advisers to all schools, has contributed to increasing the number and proportion of West Sussex schools that are good or outstanding.


Rankings as of December 2016:

From the latest Annual report (link below), published December 2016:

  • Nationally, West Sussex is ranked 141st of 150 for Primary Schools and 69th of 150 for Secondary Schools
  • Within the South East Region, West Sussex is ranked 17th of 19 for Primary Schools and 9th of 19 for Secondary Schools. (Also, 34th of 34 Shire Plus Counties and Secondary Schools are ranked 13th of 34)

Further regional information can be found at the “Annual Report 2015/16 regional information pack: South East”section of the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ofsted-annual-report-201516-education-early-years-and-skills

Rankings as of December 2017:

The date of next update: February 2018 (released - December 2017)