The Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP) consists of a group of higher education institutions and further education colleges who are working together to deliver targeted outreach across Kent and Medway.
Nationally, this work falls under the banner of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), a HEFCE-funded project aimed at promoting social mobility by improving access to higher education for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
KaMCOP is required to focus its work to engage with and raise the aspirations of young people from specific geographical locations in Kent and Medway. These wards are identified using HEFCE GAPS data and are characterised by:
- Low levels of participation in higher education
- A 'participation gap' – i.e. GCSE attainment information tells us that participation could be higher
- Being situated within areas of relative deprivation
Schools that have been invited to take part in the Programme have been selected on the basis that they are working with a high number of young people from these target wards, and many of the schools identified through this Programme are also members of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation.
The KaMCOP core team and KMPF Support team have been working very closely together to ensure a cohesive approach, which adds to the outreach opportunities already available to KMPF schools, meets the needs of the target groups of students, and allows for key learnings and best practice derived from KaMCOP activity to be shared for the benefit of all.
You can find further information about KaMCOP, including a full list of partners, data sharing and data protection statements, all in the Resources section.
KaMCOP ward postcode checker
Some KaMCOP activities are available for students who live in KaMCOP wards to apply directly and you can check if a postcode is within a KaMCOP ward using the search tool below:
KaMCOP is a partnership between the following organisations: