Quarter 3 - December 2018
The proportion of pupils at KS1 that attain the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined continues to rise. However, West Sussex results remain in the third quartile nationally. The rate of improvement is much greater than that achieved nationally (13.3% points by West Sussex, 5.0% points nationally).
November 2018
Key Stage 1 Results as at November 2018
The phonics and the KS1 results have improved since 2016 and the gap between county and national average has also decreased. The phonics results have increased by 4.2% since 2016. The gap between the national average is now only 0.9%, which is an improvement from 3.5% gap in 2016. The KS1 results have dramatically improved by 13.3% since 2016. The biggest improvement was between 2016 and 2017 where the results improved by 8% and a further 5.3% between 2017 and 2018. The gap between county and national average was 12.1% in 2016 and is now reduced to only 3.8%.
The gap in phonics between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged has increased within the county between 2016 and 2017 by -0.1% and more greatly of -3.3% from 2017 to 2018. Previously in 2017 the county gap was lower than national average, however this changed this year to -4.3%. The gap between the disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged in the KS1 results increased from 2016 to 2017 by -2.9%. However there has been an improvement in 2018 of -2%. The national average has also increased slightly each year and therefore the gap between county and national average is only -1.3%.
Quarter 2 - September 2018 performance
Year 2 pupils in 2018, teachers have assessed that 61.5% of pupils in West Sussex are working at the standards expected in reading, writing and mathematics. This is 5.5% points better than last year.
2017 performance
There are no publicly released statistics released for combined Reading, Writing and Maths. However, West Sussex County Council has calculated that the proportion of pupils attaining the expected standard at Key Stage 1 in reading,writing and maths is 56.2%, compared to 48.2% in 2016.
The national average is 63.7%, in 2017, compared to 60.3% in 2016. However,the gap between West Sussex and national compared to 2016 has improved significantly, from 12.1% down to 7.7%.Girls outperformed boys at the expected standard in 2017. The gap for West Sussex is 11.9% (girls 62.3% vs boys 50.4%), whereas the gap nationally is 10.8%.
In 2017, for those working at Greater Depth, the figure for West Sussex is 5.9%, compared to 11.0%, nationally.
Whilst the measure still indicates that the performance of pupils remains below a national average the rate of progress is on track towards the 2022 target.
Individual subject comparison with national and regional figures:
West Sussex outcomes, in 2016 and 2017, were well below national and regional figures. However, West Sussex has improved at a faster rate than national between 2016 and 2017, improving by:
Expected Standard or greater:
  • 4% in reading (national 2%, South East 2%)
  • 8% in writing (national 3%, South East 3%)
  • 5% in maths (national 2%, South East 3%)
Greater Depth:
  • 3% in reading (national 1%, South East 2%)
  • 3% in writing (national 3%, South East 2%)
  • 4% in maths (national 3%, South East 3%)
Girls outperformed boys at the expected standard in all subjects.The gap is largest in writing at 16% (girls 69% vs boys 53%), whereas the gap nationally is 13%.
DataSource for KS1: SFR49/2017 28th September 2017
Pupils are assessed throughout the Key Stage and the final teacher assessment is recorded at the end of the Key Stage. West Sussex moderates the Key Stage 1 teacher assessments in over 26% of Primary schools and 50% of their First and Infant schools each year. The national expectation is that the pupils will achieve the Expected Standard (EXS) or be working at Greater Depth (GDS) at the end of the key stage. 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.