Pupil attainment at key stage 2

Pupils aged from 7 to 11 years work at key stage 2. The new more challenging national curriculum, introduced in 2014, was assessed by new tests and interim frameworks for teacher assessment. Results for 2016 and subsequent years are no longer reported as levels, each pupil receives their test results as a scaled score and teacher assessments based on the standards in the interim framework.
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 applies this advice rigorously.
We aim to exceed national average by 2022.

December 2019 performance

West Sussex (62.7% in 2019) has narrowed the gap to national to 1.9%, compared to a gap of nearly 10% back in 2016. The gap has narrowed year-on-year and is at its lowest since the new curriculum was introduced in 2015. For further comparison, the South East result for 2019 was 65.8%.
Note - results for 2018 and 2019 are not directly comparable to earlier years (2016 and 2017) because of changes to the writing teachers assessment frameworks in 2018.
Our 2019-20 milestone target is to be in line with national average (currently 64.6%). Performance continues to improve year on year and we have narrowed the gap with the national average to 2%, compared to a gap of nearly 10% in 2016. The gap is at its lowest since the new curriculum was introduced in 2015. 
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A full range of Continuous professional development (CPD) has been developed for this academic year to support schools to accelerate learning for pupils towards the national averages. Link Advisers 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.