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The Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) is a collaborative partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Greenwich, the University of Kent, the University for the Creative Arts, Kent County Council, Medway Council, and over 40 partner schools serving areas of multiple deprivation, working together to raise the aspirations and attainment of young people in Kent and Medway who may not otherwise consider higher education as a route to success.

For further information on KMPF please visit the KMPF website.

Our aims

Our aims are:

  • to sustain our cross-sector and inter-sector work to widen access to higher education;
  • to ensure that the best possible monitoring and evaluating strategies are in place to measure our success;
  • to retain a focus upon the needs of local learners and local conditions;
  • to share best practice and avoid duplication of activity and expense;
  • to share resources, research and expertise where it is cost effective and of mutual value to do so;
  • to strengthen local provision through regional and national collaboration;
  • to maintain impartiality of delivery in terms of sector and institution; and,
  • to keep management and administrative costs to a minimum while maintaining a high quality of service.

Our objectives

The Federation has agreed measurable targets for year on year improvement to 2016 (from a 2011 baseline). This is measured by tracking the progress of individual young people between schools, to college and on to further study, using our database.

Our objectives are:

  • to improve GCSE results for disadvantaged students achieving English and maths;
  • to increase the number of applications made through UCAS Progress;
  • to increase the number of offers that are accepted through UCAS Progress; and,
  • to increase the number of active Federation member schools.

Our principles

Our principles are set out below:

  • We are student centred, putting the needs of young people in Kent and Medway over and above the interests of individual sectors or institutions and target support where it is most needed
  • We work to the highest standards of integrity, transparency and openness through regular review and reporting and a commitment to collaborate rather than duplicate
  • Every partner has an equal voice through a mutual commitment to a balanced sharing of resources where what is invested is reflected in the level of support received.

How we are governed?

Federation Partners abide by Terms of Agreement signed by each constituent partner school, college, university and local authority. We are governed by a Directorate comprising senior representatives of the schools, universities and local authorities that have invested staff, space funds and/or other resources to support the Federation.

What did we do together last year?

We continued to track over 16,000 targeted young people who have participated in our collaborative outreach programme since 2006 and discovered a 7% rise in the number of 18 year olds progressing to higher education study between 2007 and 2011. We noted that many more young people from deprived backgrounds progress to university at a later age (between 19 and 25).

We worked with 6,467 young people and their families from year 7 to year 13 across Kent and Medway, with a total of 12,616 individual exchanges, through activities including workshops; campus visits; master classes; key skills support; revision days; undergraduate and postgraduate ambassador subject support; competitions; parent and carer evenings; mentoring; individual and group support for UCAS applications; taster days, maths, English and science support; confidence building; aspiration raising; general information sessions.