Pupil Premium Statement 2017-18

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding for schools in order to:

  • raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
  • support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces

In 2017-18, Goldfinch Primary will receive £176, 800 funding from the Pupil Premium Grant.

The rates for eligible pupils are outlined by the Secretary of State for Education and are as follows:

Disadvantaged pupils:

  • Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 as recorded as Ever 6 FSM (£1,320 per pupil)
  • Looked after children (LAC) defined in Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority (£1,900 per pupil)
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order (£1,900 per pupil)

When deciding how we spend our money we refer to research by the Sutton Trust and the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) who research what works, what doesn’t and what is best value for money. In 2017-18 we are spending the pupil premium grant in the following ways:


We understand the importance of developing skills in reading as a key lever to raise attainment.

Building on our continuing improvements in phonics we support and promote reading across the school. For 2017-18 this will include a significant increase in new books for our library; WOW days at the start of every new topic which has at the very heart the promotion of reading, a range of books linked to the topic and writing.


We understand the importance of attending school every day in order to help pupils make good progress.

A dedicated Attendance Team who make sure that children come to school and support families with any issues that are preventing this. Our attendance last year was 94.1% and is continuing to improve.

Continuing Professional Development:

We understand the importance of teacher training and profession development for all school leaders.

Teachers have access to Wandsworth TPD (Teachers’ Professional Development) and attend regular meetings; NQTs (newly qualified teachers) are part of the Local Authority NQT Induction Programme

The Senior Leadership Team provides a training programme for Middle Leaders – this will ensure that all children get the best provision possible for reading, writing, maths and the wider curriculum ensuring that learning and feedback is effectively differentiated and precisely targeted to accelerate progress for children with pupil premium funding and close learning gaps. Subject Leaders provide weekly surgeries to help support teachers with developing their teaching.

We also work with additional consultants for reading, phonics, writing and maths.

Training for teaching assistants ensures that interventions and support for vulnerable children are effective and focus on raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. We are currently running a training programme for teaching assistants (ELKLAN) which is a speech and language programme that helps adults support the communication development of all children in the school.

Homework Club:

We understand the importance of supporting pupils with all aspects of their learning, including homework.

The school runs homework club every week for pupils in KS1 and KS2 – this is additional support for pupils who require help with completing homework.

SEN and inclusion support:

We understand the importance of supporting learners with special educational needs to that they make the same progress as their peers.

We have a newly appointed Deputy Head Teacher who is also our SENCO.

 Wider life experiences:

We understand the importance of giving children as many exciting learning opportunities as possible, both in and outside school.

As part of our new curriculum, we ensure that we have an exciting variety of trips and visitors linked to our learning. Recently, we took a group of 15 children to the West End to watch Matilda – the finalists from our Goldfinch Primary’s Got Talent competition held in July 2017!

Results for disadvantaged pupils in 2016-17:


  • 100% of disadvantaged pupils achieved a good level of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile – this was better than their non-disadvantaged peers in school and also better than the non-disadvantaged pupils in the Local Authority.
  • At KS1, outcomes for our disadvantaged pupils in reading, writing and maths were better than their disadvantaged peers in the Local Authority at Expected Standard+
  • At KS2, disadvantaged pupils achieved in line with their non-disadvantaged peers in school in writing at Expected Standard+
  • At KS2, disadvantaged pupils achieved better than their non-disadvantaged peers in school in GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) at Expected Standard+