Quarter 1 - September 2019
KS1 - Reading, Writing and Maths (combined)
Provisional results for 2018/19 academic year:
The proportion of pupils at KS1 that attain the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined continues to rise, from 61.5% in 2018 to 62.9% in 2019 and has narrowed the gap to 2.0% from 2.8% in 2018 and 7.5% in 2017.
Note: taken from NOVA, as publically available data in not available for this metric.
Due to boundary changes around the Dorset/Bournemouth/Poole area, West Sussex’s children’s service statistical neighbours have been changed. For 2019 our neighbours are: Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Central Bedfordshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Essex, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. There are some better performing neighbours than were previously included as neighbours and this may reflect in West Sussex’s neighbour rankings. 
- Reading attainment at expected standards or better is now only 0.3% (2.5% in 2017) below national average and ranked in the third quartile nationally, 85th in 2019 from 114th in 2017 (11th amongst statistical neighbours).
- Writing attainment at expected standards is now only 1.7% (7.5% in 2017) below national average and has moved up to the third quartile nationally, 104th in 2019 from 146th in 2017 (and has moved to 10th amongst statistical neighbours).
- For maths, the gap is now only 1.5% (4.8% in 2017) below national average but now ranked in the third quartile nationally, 106th in 2019 from 144th in 2017 (bottom amongst statistical neighbours).
- For science, the gap is now only 0.7% (2.6% in 2017) below national average but now ranked in the second quartile nationally, 72nd in 2019 from 115th in 2017 (bottom amongst statistical neighbours).
A full range of CPD has been developed for this academic year to support schools to accelerate learning for pupils towards the national averages. Link Advisers in the autumn term will build a comprehensive structure of support for each school based on visits through the School Effectiveness Strategy or traded visits from a range of services specific to the schools need. In addition to this, targeted support has been identified for clusters of schools whose data suggests that specific intervention needs to take place.
Quarter 4 - March 2019
The proportion of pupils at KS1 that attain the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics combined continues to rise. The rate of improvement is much greater than that achieved nationally (13.3% points by West Sussex, 5.0% points nationally). Note: taken from NOVA, as publically available data in not available for this metric.
  • Reading attainment at expected standards or better is now only 0.8% below national average and ranked in the third quartile nationally, 78th from 136th in 2016 (8th amongst statistical neighbours).
  • Writing attainment at expected standards is now only 3.6% (14.9% in 2016) below national average and ranked in the bottom quartile nationally, 131st from 149th in 2016 (but bottom amongst statistical neighbours).
  • For maths, the gap is now only 2.4% (8.5% in 2016) below national average but now ranked in the third quartile nationally, 106th from 143rd in 2016 (bottom amongst statistical neighbours).
  • For science, the gap is now only 0.7% (4.0% in 2016) below national average but now ranked in the third quartile nationally, 83rd from 124th in 2016 (bottom amongst statistical neighbours).
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.
Background
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.