November 2018
Key Stage 4 Results as at November 2018
Although the KS4 Progress 8 County results show a rapid decline from 2016 to 2017 of 7% followed by a slight increase of 2% in 2018, the County remains above the national average throughout this period.  The County KS4 Attainment 8 score has remained relatively consistent in line with the national average during the same period.
The Progress 8 gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged has significantly increased since 2016 by -24% and the gap between county and national average is at its highest during this period of -21% in 2018. Both the county and national average has increased between 2016 and 2018 for Attainment 8. The county has increased by 2.25% since 2016; the major increase was from 2016 to 2017.  The gap between the county and national average is currently -2.22% in 2018 which is an improvement of -0.09 from 2017.
Quarter 2 - September 2018 performance
The result for 2018 is 0.05.

Quarter 3 - December 2017 performance

For 2016/17, West Sussex's average Progress 8 score is 0.03, which is better than both the whole of England (-0.03) and the South East (-0.02). West Sussex is currently ranked=50th, and is in the second quartile, in relation to all local authorities.

BASICS: As a percentage of all pupils at the end of key stage 4. In 2014/15 and earlier, where the English language and English literature option was chosen in English, exams in both must be taken and a C grade or above achieved in English language. From 2015/16, to meet the English requirement of the A*-C in English and math attainment measure, a C in either English language or English literature counts and there is no requirement to take both.

In 2016/17, following the introduction of the reformed 9 to 1 GCSEs in English, a grade 5 or above in either English language or English literature counts and there remains no requirement to take both in order to achieve a pass. For 2016/17 West Sussex's percentage was 44.8%, compared to 42.4% for England and 45.4% for the South East.

ENGLISH BACCALAUREATE: As a percentage of pupils at the end of key stage 4. In 2014/15 and earlier, where the English language and English literature option was chosen in EBacc English, exams in both had to be taken and a C grade or above achieved in English language. In 2015/16, to meet the English requirement of the EBacc, exams in both had to be taken and a C grade or above achieved in either English language or English literature. From 2017, the definition of 'percentage achieving the English Baccalaureate' has changed to 'the proportion of pupils achieving the EBacc which includes a grade 5 or above in English and mathematics, and grade C or above in unreformed subjects' following the introduction of the reformed 9 to 1 GCSEs in English and mathematics.

Exams in both English literature and English language still have to be taken and a grade 5 or above achieved in one to achieve a pass in the English requirement of the EBacc. The 9-4 pass shows pupils who achieved a grade 4 or above in English and mathematics, and a grade C in unreformed subjects and is shown alongside the headline measure for transparency and comparability.For 2016/17 West Sussex's percentage was 21.0%, compared to 21.2% for England and 23.6% for the South East.

Quarter 1 – June 2017 performance

As the current results are based on annual examinations sat in June 2016 the outcomes only change marginally throughout the year. Validated results were published in January 2017. The results for the examinations sat in June 2017 will be reported when they become available in the autumn.

Quarter 4 – March 2017 performance

On the new measure, Progress 8, West Sussex’s outcome is well above the national average at +0.1 (national average –0.03) is ranked 3rd of the 34 Shire plus counties and in the top 20% of all local authorities. West Sussex is also above the national average for other reported outcomes: Attainment 8, English Baccalaureate and Basics (A*-C in both English and mathematics).

Background
In 2016 the headline measure for Key Stage 4 results (GCSE) has changed to Progress 8, a measure of the progress pupils make from Key Stage 2 (primary school Year 6) to Key Stage 4 (secondary school Year 11) in a range of subjects including English, Mathematics, at least 3 English Baccalaureate subjects and up to three other good GCSE subjects. Further information is held under:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/progress-8-school-performance-measure