The Kent and Medway Progression Federation is a partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Kent, the University for the Creative Arts, the University of Greenwich, Canterbury College, the East Kent College Group, MidKent College, HEAT, Laser Learning Awards, Switch Youth Services and over 70 schools and colleges in Kent and Medway.
Collaboratively, we work to raise the aspirations and attainment of young people from backgrounds who might not otherwise consider progression to higher education. The majority of young people with whom we work are from disadvantaged backgrounds or comprise first generation higher education applicants, meaning they are the first in their immediate family to go to university.
KMPF was originally established in 2011 when the national Aimhigher programme came to an end. It is one of just a handful of remaining partnerships in the country to have continued beyond the cessation of central government funding in 2011, thanks to the support and contributions of its member organisations. Its longevity evidences the commitment and passion of colleagues within our local universities, schools, colleges, local authorities and other partners towards ensuring that every young person who has the potential to benefit from higher education (HE) – regardless of their family background – has the opportunity to participate and succeed.
Today, the work of KMPF combines two key strands:
- Our continued commitment to providing outreach activities to over 40 KMPF partner schools. This activity is funded by our long-standing partners: Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, who provide a whole range of outreach opportunities for students who would benefit most – the KMPF Cohort.
- The Office for Students (OfS), through the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), continues to fund outreach in Kent and Medway through the Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP). KaMCOP outreach activities are provided through KMPF by our eight further partners. These activities are available for students that the OfS have identified as having the potential to progress to higher education, but live in areas where progression to higher education courses is lower than expected. These students are selected by postcode. The OfS are currently committed to supporting KaMCOP outreach activities until July 2021.
Benefits of being a KMPF partner school:
- Our university partners offer a free programme of outreach events to students within 40 schools in Kent and Medway (in areas where few people progress to HE).
- Our schools nominate a member of staff (known as a Progression Mentor) to identify students who can benefit most from outreach opportunities, and to book suitable activities that the universities have on offer. Progression Mentors also support KMPF’s evaluation of the impact of outreach activities by conducting baseline questionnaires with students.
- The KMPF Support Team undertake evaluation of the programme, provide support to Progression Mentors, and play an important national role in policy development around widening participation in HE.
Benefits of being a KaMCOP partner school:
- Our partners offer a free programme of outreach events to students within 50 schools in Kent and Medway, where students from postcodes identified by the OfS attend
- Our schools nominate a member of staff to identify students who can benefit most from outreach opportunities, and to book suitable activities that the universities have on offer.
- The KMPF Support Team undertake evaluation of the programme and provide support to staff in schools.