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Fullhurst Community College

Pupil Premium Spending Plan 2016-17

Composition of Designated Disadvantaged (DD) students

Year 7 8 9 10 11
Number of 
DD students
94 100 93 83 89
% Pupil Premium 
students in year
Key Stage KS3 KS4 Whole college
Number of 
DD students
194 265 459
% Pupil Premium 
students in year
51.5% 49.4% 50.3%

*throughout this information, disadvantaged students may be referred to as DD, and other students as NDD.

Pupil Premium funding 2016-17

Number of eligible students


Amount received per student


Total PP received


*at the time of writing this amount is provisional.


The intention is to increase the attainment and progress made by our students eligible for the Pupil Premium, and therefore overtime continue to rapidly narrow in college gaps that exists between this group of students and their peers. In addition, we aim to continue to close the gap between the achievement of our disadvantaged students and the national achievement standards of all pupils. The strategy at Fullhurst is based on the principal of ‘equity and excellence’: equal opportunity for all students to strive to meet their potential.

The overriding aim for the Pupil Premium spending is to raise the achievement of our disadvantaged students and the other students, across the whole curriculum. To meet this aim, five key objectives are in place for this academic year. These key strategic objectives are part of the whole college three year development plan, with the actions and spending plans which constitute each one refined each year.

Key strategic objectives

  1.  Further accelerate progress of disadvantaged learners in KS3.
  2. Raise achievement of disadvantaged students across all subjects.
  3. Increase the basics match for disadvantaged students, and reduce the DD/NDD gap.
  4. To raise the achievement of disadvantaged students who are more able.
  5. Ensure greater collaborative work between the SEND faculty and the achievement of disadvantaged students.

These key objectives have been set based on evaluation of impact from the previous academic year, and also feedback from Pupil Premium Review. In addition, these objectives are defined according to the particular barriers to learning identified for the disadvantaged students at Fullhurst. There will of course be overlap between the objectives (for example the spending attributed to objective 2, will impact positively on all of the other four objectives). The spending plans are furthermore informed by research evidence by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The EEF’s toolkit is based on evidence-based projects which focus on tackling the DD/NDD attainment gap, and then evaluates the impact of such interventions on the progress of students. Direct references to the EEF toolkit are included in the spending plans overview in the attachment.

Barriers to educational achievement faced by students at Fullhurst

The majority of students at Fullhurst are disadvantaged and eligible for the Pupil Premium. As such, it is difficult to report on barriers to learning that apply to all such students. However, there are common threads that apply to many disadvantaged students at Fullhurst:

  • The disadvantaged students at Fullhurst are predominantly low ability on entry, and many have reading ages lower than expected of students their age.
  • There is a negative behaviour incidents gap in favour of disadvantaged students relative to other students.
  • The disadvantaged students often do not have anyone in their family who have been to university, and do not necessarily have informed careers advice and guidance from home.
  • The disadvantaged students do not necessarily realise their own potential, and therefore their aspiration is lacking.
  •  The disadvantaged students have a cultural capital deficit, relative to other students.
  • The disadvantaged students have a lack of academic organisation, which slows their academic progress, relative to other students.
  • A high proportion of disadvantaged students also have a Special Educational Need, and therefore have an additional barrier to learning to overcome.  

With these barriers in mind, the spending plans and actions plan activities have been formed as seen in the overview in the attachment Fulhurst Pupil Premium, 2016-17 below.

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