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Fullhurst Community College

Pupil Premium spending plan 2017-18

Composition of Designated Disadvantaged (DD) students

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Number of 
DD students
151 89 96 87 87
% Pupil Premium 
students in year
50.5% 46.6% 53.3% 49.7% 49.4%


  KS3 KS4 Whole college
Number of DD students 240 270 510
% Pupil Premium students in year 49.0% 50.8% 50.0%
*throughout this information, disadvantaged students may be referred to as DD, and other students as NDD.

Pupil Premium funding 2017-18

Number of eligible students 510
Amount received per student £935
Total PP received £476,850*
*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, 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

  1. Improved attendance of disadvantaged students, further closing the gap relative to other students in school.  
  2. Improved behaviour of Disadvantaged students, further closing the gap relative to other students in school.
  3. Improved reading skills of disadvantaged students, and engagement in reading.
  4. Disadvantaged students to be more motivated to aim high, and accelerate their progress so as they can attain well.

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 4, will impact positively on all of the other three 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

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:

Physical barriers

  • 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.

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.

Academic barriers

  • Disadvantaged students, as well as other students in school, have low levels of reading on entry and do not often undertake wider reading.

With these barriers in mind, the spending plans and actions plan activities have been formed as seen in the overview in the attached Fulhurst Community College Pupil Premium Strategy, 2017-18, below.

Fullhurst Community College

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