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A message from Matt Dunkley CBE:

6 September 2018 weekly update

6 September 2018

We start the new school year with an update from Matt Dunkley on the provisional Early Years and school results.

Dear Colleagues

Provisional School Results in 2018

As usual at the start of the new school year we provide a summary of the provisional school results for all key stages and emerging national results. In the case of GCSE and post 16 the data is very provisional until more information is published later in the autumn - please can I encourage those schools who have not shared their data with Management Information to do so as soon as possible. Overall the performance in 2018 is very positive with sustained performance at Key Stage 1 and improvements in outcomes for the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 2.

Early Years Foundation Stage

In 2018, the proportion of children in Kent achieving a good level of development (GLD) was 75.3%, which is an improvement of 1 percentage point compared with 2017 outcomes. Outcomes against this measure have improved by 2.3 percentage points since 2015.

Key Stage 1

In 2018, Kent has been successful in maintaining outcomes at the expected standard in line with those in 2017 and has increased the proportion of pupils exceeding the expected standard in mathematics at Key Stage 1.

  • 68.8% of Kent pupils met or exceeded the expected standard in English Reading, English Writing and Mathematics combined, which is similar to 2017. The proportion of pupils who exceeded the expected standard against this measure improved in 2017.
  • In English Reading, 78.1% of pupils met or exceeded the expected standard which is similar to outcomes in 2017. The proportion of pupils who exceeded the expected standard is in line with 2017 attainment.
  • In English Writing, the proportion of pupils who met or exceeded the expected standard was 73%, which is a slight improvement on 2017 outcomes. The proportion of pupils who exceeded the expected standard remained in line with 2017 outcomes.
  • 78.7% of pupils in Kent met or exceeded the expected standard in Mathematics, which is the same as 2017. 22% of pupils exceeded the expected standard in 2018, which is an improvement on 2017 outcomes.

Key Stage 2

In 2018, provisional data show attainment in Kent improved at the expected standard for all subjects apart from mathematics and grammar, punctuation and spelling. The proportion of pupils in Kent who exceeded the expected standard increased across all subjects.

The proportion of pupils who met or exceeded the expected standard in English Reading, English Writing and Mathematics combined increased to 66.5% which is an improvement of 1.4 percentage points since 2017 and above the provisional national average of 64%. In relation to gender, 69.7% of girls achieved the expected standard for combined attainment compared with 63.4% of boys.

In 2018, Kent’s provisional English Reading, English Writing and Mathematics combined attainment was above the attainment element of the government floor standard of 65% and this continues the positive trajectory at the end of Key Stage 2.

The proportion of pupils who exceeded the expected standard in English Reading, English Writing and Mathematics combined also improved in 2018 to 10.9%.

Individual subjects:

  • In English Reading, 76.8% of pupils in Kent met or exceeded the expected standard, compared to 75.0% against the provisional national data. This is an improvement of 1.7 percentage points since 2017. The proportion of girls who met or exceeded the expected standard was 80.4% compared with 73.3% of boys.
  • In English Writing, 81.5% of Kent pupils met or exceeded the expected standard, compared to 78.0% against the provisional national. Attainment shows slight improvement on 2017 outcomes. Against this measure, 86.8% of girls achieved the expected standard compared with 76.4% of boys.
  • 75.3% of pupils in Kent met or exceeded the expected standard in Mathematics which is just below with the provisional national of 76.0%. In 2018, 75.9% of girls achieved the expected standard compared with 74.8% of boys.
  • In Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, 75.8% of pupils in Kent met or exceeded the expected standard in, which is below the provisional national of 78.0% and the weakest attainment outcome when compared with the provisional national data. Against this measure, 80.0% of girls achieved the expected standard compared with 71.7% of boys.

GCSE

This year has seen the roll out of further GCSE’s following the new grading system and more demanding examinations. However provisional results show that GCSE performance in Kent is just above 2017 performance in terms of pupils attaining good GCSE outcomes.

The data is still very provisional and subject to further change. The Progress 8 measure, which is used for the floor standard, will be published later in the Autumn term along with national comparative data.

The proportion of pupils achieving standard passes in both English and mathematics, is 62.9%. The national figure for 2018 is not yet available. So far, 41% of schools have reported improvement in 2018 compared to the previous year’s performance.

Post 16

This year has seen the roll out of further A Levels using the new grading system.

Whilst the pupil population attending sixth forms reduced by 2.3% this year, the number studying Applied General and Technical qualifications reduced by 24%, with those young people attending sixth form predominantly studying A Levels.

The figures below compare 2018 data returned by schools with similar data from this point last year. This provisional data has not been validated and will be subject to change when the final validated DfE performance tables are available in January 2018. Provisional results for 2018 show that Kent schools have maintained standards and continue to be largely in line with the national averages for post 16 performance.

Congratulations to all the schools that have seen improved outcomes for pupils this year.

The Education People - officially launched

I am very pleased to confirm that The Education People officially launched on 1 September.

The company will be the new home of the following services that currently sat within the Children, Young People and Education Directorate:

  • Early Years
  • Education Safeguarding
  • Governor Support
  • Outdoor Education
  • School Improvement
  • Schools Financial Services
  • Skills and Employability

The Education People has its own bespoke website and I would encourage you to visit it to look at what they can provide as a one-stop shop for education services for your school.

Matt Dunkley CBE
Corporate Director
Children, Young People and Education