Attainment of children looked after in key stages 1 to 4

The data reported shows the progress for all children who have been in the care of West Sussex. On average, these cohorts are small and each child makes a significant difference to the overall scores which can fluctuate significantly year on year. The measure does not reflect the journey of a child through the care system and no allowance is made for the impact of school and placement changes during the secondary school period.  
We aim to be in line with national average by 2022

Children in care over 12 months

Key stage 1 

Our 2019-20 milestone target is 19% which we have exceeded as well as exceeding the national average (37%) and South East average (34%).

Key stage 2

Our 2019-20 milestone target is 33%. Results show that West Sussex have dropped to 23.8%. This is below the national average (36%) and South East (29%). 

Key stage 4

Our 2019-20 milestone target is a score of -1.2 which we have exceeded. We are also better than the national average of -0.97, and better than the South East average of -1.17. 

Children in care less than 12 months

Key Stage 1

Our 2019-20 milestone target is 19% which we have exceeded but we are below the national average (39%) and South East average (33%).

Key stage 2

Our 2019-20 milestone target is 33%. Results show that West Sussex have dropped from 23.8%. This is below the national average (36%) and South East (32%). 

Key stage 4

Our 2019-20 milestone target is a score of -1.2 which we have not met and and remain below the national average of -1.56, and the South East average of -1.71. 

Actions

We have worked with schools and social care colleagues to ensure that our children looked after have robust education plans in place and access to appropriate support.  We continue to improve our in-year data to target support and identify patterns across the cohort.
The Virtual School works closely with all schools and education providers to create bespoke packages of support in order to further enhance the educational outcomes of all our children.
Working with Education partners we ensure that all children have a termly PEP (personal education plan) meeting that focuses on progress and attainment, using pupil premium plus money to create bespoke intervention packages to support the children with their educational goals.