Good Level of Development (GLD) for all children in 2017 is 70.6%, an improvement of 2.3% compared to 2016; continuing the trend of year on year improvement.
West Sussex also continues to rise in the national rankings for GLD, being placed 78th this year, an improvement of 19 places nationally. Compared to statistical neighbours, West Sussex is ranked 7th of 11 Local Authorities, an improvement of 2 places since 2016.
The attainment gap between the lowest achieving 20% of children and the rest has widened in 2017 at the same rate as the national attainment gap. The attainment gap for England widened from 31.4% to 31.7%; whilst the gap in West Sussex has widened from 27.1% to 27.4%
Girls’ attainment in West Sussex continues to be higher than boys’, with the greatest differences in Literacy and Expressive Arts and design.
Children are defined as having reached a good level of development at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the expected level in 3 prime areas of learning:-
- personal, social and emotional development
- physical development
- communication and language
and specific areas in:-