The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school / college ordinarily receives. This funding is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to address the social inequality that exists between these students and their less deprived peers. We were very proud to have been announced as secondary regional champion at the Pupil Premium Awards 2017 at a prestigious ceremony at the House of Commons. The award recognises the college's success in raising aspirations and ensuring disadvantaged students can fulfil their full potential.
How much is the Pupil Premium?
For the 2020-21 academic year, the premium will be worth £955 per student. This premium is allocated for each student who is in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM), students in care, looked after students and any students who have been in receipt of FSM in the past six years (known as Ever6).
How many students at Fullhurst Community College are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
As it stands, close to half of all students at Fullhurst Community College are classified as disadvantaged, and are therefore eligible for the Pupil Premium. This means that the school is provisionally set to receive Pupil Premium funding for 514 students for the 2020-21 academic year. This equates to £490,870 for the 2020-21 academic year.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9||Year 10||Year 11||KS3||KS4||Whole college|
|Number DD students||84||123||109||132||66||316||198||514|
|Total number of students||299||300||301||298||194||900||492||1392|
How does Fullhurst Community College spend Pupil Premium funding?
Leaders at a school are held to account for how they go about spending their Pupil Premium funding and it is necessary for each school to ensure that they monitor and evaluate the impact of each of the ways in which they decide to spend the money. At Fullhurst Community College, we rigorously ensure that the Pupil Premium is used to 'transform lives' and allows every student to achieve.
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 students. 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, four key objectives are in place for this academic year. These key strategic objectives are part of the whole college development plan, with the actions and spending plans which constitute each one refined for this year.
Key desired outcomes of Pupil Premium strategy
A. Improved attendance of disadvantaged students, further closing the gap relative to other students in school.
B. Improved behaviour of Disadvantaged students, further closing the gap relative to other students in school.
C. Improved reading skills of disadvantaged students, and engagement in reading.
D. Disadvantaged students to be more motivated to aim high, and accelerate their progress so as they can attain well.
Barriers to educational achievement faced by students at Fullhurst
Almost half of the 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 attendance of disadvantaged students is less than that of other students in school.
- There is a negative behaviour incidents gap in favour of disadvantaged students relative to other students.
- Disadvantaged students, as well as other students in school, have low levels of reading on entry and do not often undertake wider reading.
Emotional, social and cultural barriers
- The disadvantaged students do not necessarily realise their own potential, and therefore their aspiration is lacking. This is linked to a cultural capital deficit and thus a lack of educational ambition to succeed in their studies.
With these barriers in mind, the spending plans and actions plan activities have been formed as seen in the overview in the attached Fullhurst Community College Pupil Premium Strategy, 2019-20, below.
Our previous success with the use of the Pupil Premium resulted in Fullhurst Community College being named the Secondary Regional Champions for 2017 in the National Pupil Premium Awards.
Pupil Premium Review April 2015
It was clear from my visit that the progress of its disadvantaged students is a key priority for the school. The Senior Leadership Team is extremely committed to ensuring that its disadvantaged pupils receive quality-first teaching across all subjects supported by effective interventions and access to as wide a range of opportunities as possible. The school has an extremely good awareness of its students and their specific needs and has implemented an impressive range of interventions to target Maths and English skills in particular and to widen opportunity accordingly. These interventions are monitored very effectively, enabling the school to anticipate where they may need to intervene to have further impact on pupil learning. This work has already seen gaps close rapidly. The focus on high quality first teaching is reducing the need for additional interventions and indicates the sustainability of ongoing improvements in the outcomes of those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium. David Deacon Executive Summary
In April 2015, we welcomed David Deacon into the college to conduct a review of how we are spending the Pupil Premium funding. David Deacon is an accredited and independent reviewer from Ashmount School in Loughborough, who themselves won the National Pupil Premium Award in 2014. The purpose of a review is to evaluate the good work that has taken place already and to continue to explore ways in which we can improve our strategy for raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. A link for the full review is available at the bottom of this section.
We have since had a half a day follow-up review from David Deacon in September 2015, and a short overview of his findings can be found in a letter at the bottom of this section also. We intend to continue to work with David and other like minded partners in the future to further improve the achievement of our disadvantaged pupils. Furthermore, one of our Senior Leaders is now a trained Pupil Premium Reviewer also.
The Governors intend to commission the next external Pupil Premium Review in the 2019-20 academic year. In the meantime, the Pupil Premium strategy will continually be quality assured and challenged by the named Pupil Premium linked Governor.