Virtual Schoolbag (VSB)

25 Feb 2019
Headteachers of all primary, special, all-through schools
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Primary In-year Data 2018/19 - key messages for schools

The purpose of this communication is to summarise key messages emerging from the collection of primary schools’ 2019 in-year data.

Thank you to the 85% of schools that have shared their in-year data; this allows the LA, EIPs and schools to review progress and ensure that support and resources are focused appropriately.

Schools, EIPs and the local authority all recognise that this data will never be an accurate gauge of actual performance and that there are a range of assessment approaches being used across schools. This means that any aggregation of data can only be used as a starting point – a set of questions to which all partners in the process can engage in, to ensure that schools that need support are able to secure this in the most appropriate way.

Encouraging signs

Headlines suggested by the in-year data are:

  • Performance at Key Stage 2 reading, writing and mathematics combined looks set to exceed 2018 national averages.
  • The forecast for mathematics at the high standard in Key Stage 2 looks set to significantly close the gap with the 2018 national average.
  • Performance at Key Stage 1 is going to at least maintain previous improvement and this should be a good platform for securing stronger progress.

Key issues 

Headline issues suggested by the in-year data are:

  • The performance of disadvantaged pupils and those with SEN/D across all key stages. Gaps may be set to grow.
  • Performance in writing, mathematics and English grammar punctuation and spelling at Key Stage 2 look set to remain below national averages.
  • The forecast for mathematics at greater depth in Key Stage 1 looks set to lose ground on gains made in 2018.
  • The forecast outcomes for Year 1 Phonics are below the 2018 national average.
  • The forecast outcomes at Early Years are below the 2018 national average.

Please see the attached data headlines for aggregated figures across the East Sussex primary schools and academies that have contributed their data to this analysis.

Next steps                                                                                                         

The local authority is sharing an initial analysis of the in-year data with EIP chairs and coordinators as we know that they will be keen to find out more about the story behind the data. This will enable EIPs to reflect upon and refine their actions to maximise the impact of local strategies and support.

The LA, EIPs and schools will continue to work together to achieve our collective ambition for East Sussex in 2019 to be above national outcomes so that as many pupils as possible are prepared for their next stage of education.

In-year ESCC averages can be found HERE

Laura-Jane Marshall
Bill Roddick
Manager - Commissioning

Phone: 01323 466813