KMPF works with our school, university and college partners to identify students who are likely to benefit most from taking part in higher education outreach opportunities. For schools who benefit from KMPF outreach opportunities, these students are referred to as the KMPF Cohort. Students who are part of the KMPF Cohort share one or more of the below characteristics:
- Students whose parents or guardians have no experience of university or higher education - these students are identified by completion of a KMPF baseline form
- Students from neighbourhoods with low progression rates to higher education - this is determined by postcode using POLAR 4, which is the latest measure of young participation in higher education. It measures the proportion of young people who enter higher education aged 18 or 19 between the years 2009-10 and 2014-15. This information is collected through KMPF baseline forms
- Students experiencing additional barriers to HE progression, such as being in care, disabled or a young carer
KMPF encourages schools to select students with the academic potential to progress to higher education, even if students are currently on the borderline for achieving Key Stage 4 targets or the grades they require to progress at Key Stage 5. This is because outreach activities can also help to improve attainment.
Students in partner schools who are eligible to take part in KMPF outreach activities should complete a KMPF baseline form in Year 7 and then again in Year 12. After KMPF receives these forms, schools will be sent a Baseline Summary Report confirming which students are part of the KMPF Cohort, which should be used to select students to take part in outreach activities.