At a meeting for the Children and Young People’s Select Service Committee on 5th October, a report was considered about schools standards by the Executive Director of Children, Adults, Families, Health & Education and Director of Education & Skills.
Slow implementation of curriculum
The report revealed that the slow implementation of the new curriculum in West Sussex, had affected results at Key Stage 2 in 2016 and 2017. Moderators had applied the new criteria more rigorously, in line with the published criteria.
The report also stated writing was still weak within West Sussex schools. An improvement plan to resolve this, was put in place last October. It is a three year long plan to get as many children as possible meeting the expected standards in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2. Last year the focus was on writing, which was the weakest aspect in schools.
When a full Key Stage 2 curriculum cycle was complete in four years, it is anticipated that the results would be in line with, or exceeding the national average. Schools in the ‘Crawley Action Zone’ are engaging with a senior adviser appointed to raise standards. A similar appointment would be made to cover a ‘Worthing, Adur & Arun Action Zone’. Arun schools were included in this action zone, as this ensures there are a better number of schools working together to share best practice.
Crawley focus on English and Maths
It was also reported that in Crawley, 20 middle leaders were focusing on English and Maths through the Ambition School Leadership two year development programme. Eleven secondary practitioners across the local authority, were on a similar programme.
The report stated that the Council will target funding in a more focused way, putting greater accountability on outcomes. Also, a new Head of Inclusion would be appointed in December.
The report showed that there are 31 special support centres in the county enabling 360 children with SEND to access learning in mainstream schools. Figures show that there is more need for special support centres for children with autism then dyslexia.
Also there is a new head of the Special Educational Needs Assessment Team. They will focus on the quality of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and the speed at which they were initiated.
Alternative provision review
The report concluded that there was also to be a review of alternative provision across the county, with the aim of improving educational outcomes for children accessing this service.
The data in the report is provisional – more detail will be available when the final data is received.
Read the meetings minutes here: www2.westsussex.gov.uk/ds/cttee/cyps/cyps081117i2.pdf