October 2019 performance
PROVISIONAL RESULTS - This information is taken from the DfE Statistical Releases, dated October 2019, the release provides national and local authority provisional results for Key Stages 1, 2 and 4.  Revised Key Stage results will be released from January 2020. 
Key Stage 4 -The provisional average progress 8 result shows the gap between disadvantaged and advantaged pupils has narrowed slightly to 0.75 from 0.79 in 2018. West Sussex is now only 0.18 worse than the national average of 0.57 (unchanged from 2018), and is in line with the South East average. 
Key stage 2 - provisional results show the gap between disadvantaged and advantaged pupils has widened to 24.4%, from 23.4% in 2018. This means that West Sussex is 4.8% worse than the national equivalent.
Key stage 1 - provisional results show the gap between disadvantaged and advantaged pupils has widened to 24.1%, from 20.2% in 2018. This means that West Sussex is 5.1% worse than the national equivalent.
This measure aims to minimise the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. Current performance indicates West Sussex is still not performing as well as national averages. Performance links directly to a small number of poorer performing schools/academies.
This is a priority for the school improvement team working with colleagues in schools to develop good practice.  The county strategy is developing a more inclusive practice in schools through the ‘index for inclusion’ work, and the SEND projects are being expanded through the area inclusion and improvement board brokering and monitoring school-to-school support.
In brief, the actions below are being taken to support schools to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils:
  • Pupil Premium reviews have been written by the School Effectiveness team and will be trialed in early January, ready for schools to buy in from after February half term;
  • Area Education Advisers working closely with the Primary Heads Exec committee and Durrington Research School to raise the profile of research led strategies that will further improve the outcomes for disadvantaged pupils;
  • Use of the Area Inclusion Improvement Board (AIIB) to identify under performing schools to pair with schools that have been successful in closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers. AIIB funds will be used to develop school to school support;
  • Continued development of a peer-to-peer school review mechanism, which can have a focus around disadvantaged pupils. This is currently being piloted in Crawley with a view to being rolled out further in 2021.
Quarter 1 - June 2019
The gap between disadvantaged pupils in West Sussex and other pupils nationally is wider than that for nationally disadvantaged pupils. However, this gap continues to narrow. For the first time since 2016, the gap in one of the districts or boroughs, Crawley is better than the national gap. The county strategy on developing more inclusive practice in schools through the index for inclusion work and the SEND projects is now being expanded through area inclusion and improvement board brokering and monitoring school-to-school support. Note: For KS4, average Progress 8 score, West Sussex's gap is 0.79, compared to a national revised figure of 0.57, a difference of 0.22. This is compared to 2017, where the gap in West Sussex was 0.75, compared to national at 0.51, a difference of 0.24.
Quarter 2 - September 2018
Disadvantaged pupil’s performance in Key Stage 1 and 2 in West Sussex are improving and more rapidly closing the gap to other pupils than achieved nationally. However, early data indicates West Sussex disadvantaged pupils still are not performing as well as disadvantaged pupils nationally.

The statistical first release for KS4 pupil characteristics was released on 25th January, 2018. With regards to the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils, for the average Attainment 8 score, this is 15.3 (14.2 in 2016), compared to the South East gap of 16.1 (15.9 in 2016) and for England the gap is 12.8 (12.7 in 2016).

Background
Disadvantaged pupils include those eligible for FSM in the last 6 years or are looked after children for at least one day or are adopted from care. Please see the the methodology document for more details: