How are we doing?

Information on key measures of Raising the Bar and how Suffolk is performing against national figures.

Read what Raising the Bar success will look like 

Read the document: Raising the Bar Priorities 2015-17: What success will look like 

Read the latest Raising the Bar Progress Reports

Read the reports: Raising the Bar Progress Report February 2017Raising the Bar Progress Report July 2016 and Raising the Bar Progress Report February 2016.

The information below shows Suffolk's progress against the national average at the following stages:

Early Years Foundation Stage (5-year-olds) - percentage of pupils achieving a Good Level of Development (GLD) and the Average Total Points Score (ATPS)

Early Years Foundation Stage

Results for 2016 show that more of Suffolk's five-year-olds are school ready by achieving a good level of development at the end of reception class, putting the county above the national figure. Find out more about these figures and Suffolk's five-year-olds overtaking the national figure in the news story from the publication of the results.  

Key Stage 2 (11-year-olds) - percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard or higher in reading, writing and maths in 2016

Key Stage 2

The percentage of pupils in Suffolk achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics is 49% while the National figure (All England Schools) is 53%. The percentage of pupils achieving a higher standard is 5% which is in line with national figures.

It is important to recognise that a new method of assessment was introduced for Key Stage 2 assessment in 2016, therefore results are not comparable to previous years. 

Key Stage 4 - (16-year-olds) - percentage of pupils achieving A*-C in both English and Maths GCSE


Provisional figures show that Suffolk’s GCSE progress has for the first time risen above the national average.

It is important to recognise that the way a school’s progress is measured has changed this year across the country. Progress 8 is the Government’s new way of measuring GCSE results. It measures how well pupils of all abilities have progressed by comparing them with students who achieved similar levels in Key Stage 2 across the country.

A Progress 8 score of '0' is the average score of all secondary schools nationally. If a school has a score of +1 this means on average the students are achieving 1 grade higher than the national average, and if this score is -1, pupils are progressing at roughly 1 grade lower. The range for local authorities in 2016 (based on unvalidated performance information ) is -0.88 to +0.35.

Suffolk has this year achieved a figure of +0.02, which shows the county is performing above the national average. Read more about Suffolk's provisional GCSE results for 2016.  

Percentage of schools rated Good and Outstanding by Ofsted in Suffolk

Ofsted Good or Better

The percentage of Suffolk schools rated good or outstanding is at 88% as at January 2017, an improvement of 9% compared to this point one year before - when 79% of Suffolk schools were Good or Outstanding. Inspections of schools are conducted by Ofsted on a continuous basis. The number and percentage that are rated Good or Outstanding is therefore subject to constant change.