To receive a presentation on the validated results for EYFSP, KS1, KS2 and KS4.
Mike Stoneman, Deputy Director for Children, Families and Education took members through the presentation slides. It was noted that there was no substantial change from the provisional results that had been presented to the last meeting. During the presentation he highlighted the following areas:
· That 85.7% of schools in Portsmouth had been judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted, an increase of 17.5 percentage points over a five year period. Portsmouth was now on par with the national average for this measure.
· That the Council had been above the national average for the number of Year R pupils who had achieved a good level of development, but was now at 70%, two percentage points below the national level for the measure. There was a comprehensive plan in place to address the issue.
· That there had been an improvement in the percentage of Year 1 pupils who met the phonics standard, after in a dip in 2017. This measure had been targeted for improvement since 2014, and further improvements would be made in the current year.
Key Stage 1
KS1 reading at expected standard remained the same as last year at 74% with the gap to national reducing slightly. For KS1 writing at expected standard there was a 1% increase but the there was a national increase of 2% points which had widened the gap. He added that the Council was working with schools through the moderation process and associated training.
Key Stage 2
For the combined measure of Reading, Writing and Maths at expected standard there was no change. Mr Stoneman explained that there were a variety of reasons for this and included a dip in standards at specific schools which included both academies and LA maintained schools. Additional support would be provided to those local authority schools that were in this situation and MATs would be providing support to improve the results in primary and junior schools. As a result of MATs and recent amalgamations of infant and junior schools, we should see a greater level of consistency across KS1 and KS2 in the future.
Reading had improved by 1% this year but the national figure had increased by 3 percentage points, widening the gap. Writing has also increased by 1%. Maths had dropped from 71% to 68%. The Portsmouth Education Partnership had predicted this and a bid was submitted to the Strategic School Improvement Fund for a targeted KS2 programme. Whilst the bid was unsuccessful an alternative plan backed by Solent Maths Hub had been put in place involving 7 schools that had been targeted. The schools that were an issue were known, and the problem would be addressed.
Mr Stoneman informed the Board that the Minister for Schools, Nick Gibbs, had requested a meeting to discuss the KS2 results - a provisional date of 26th March has been set. As 70% of Year 6 pupils in 2018 were in academies, the Local Authority would be joined by the Regional Schools Commissioner.
Key Stage 4
For pupils achieving a strong pass (grade 5 or above) this remained at 43%. Numbers achieving a standard pass for English and Maths have remained at 57% which was the same for both 2016 and 2017. The national figures had not increased. The expectation is that there would be a significant improvement next year based on local intelligence and predicted results.
The KS4 attainment 8 had decreased by 1.1% compared to last year but these scores were not directly comparable over time due to changes in methodology. With regard to the percentage of pupils entering the EBacc for 2018 this had increased by 2% compared to last year and has been above the national level for the last few years.
The KS4 progress 8 measure had disappointingly dropped back due to falls across several of the secondary schools in Portsmouth.