Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) was delighted to welcome more than 30 representatives from 23 partner schools to our Autumn Summit on Thursday, October 7.

The event, which was held at St Lawrence Cricket Ground in Canterbury, provided an opportunity for both experienced and new Progression Mentors to hear about and understand the outreach support available to schools through the KMPF partnership this year.

The event focused on the Theory of Change and outlined the key themes that will best support student progression to Higher Education (HE) over the long term.

Supported by our university partners, The University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Greenwich and The University for the Creative Arts, attendees were able to join in interactive breakout sessions which showcased some of the activities available, covering topics such as Wellbeing, Creative Careers, Reference Writing and Student Finance.

The event also offered networking opportunities with colleagues from partner schools, KMPF and university outreach teams and Student Ambassadors from the local area were on hand to talk about their own experiences of applying to and studying at university.

Gavin Delf, Kent and Medway Progression Federation Hub Manager, said, “At KMPF, we believe that every young person in Kent and Medway who has the potential to benefit from Higher Education should have the opportunity to participate and succeed.

“We wouldn’t be able to achieve this goal without the support of our partners, so it was great to be able to come together to enjoy our first in-person event since the start of the pandemic.”

He added, “The feedback from the event has been extremely positive and I’d like to thank everyone who attended for their valuable contributions.

“We now look forward to working with our delivery partners over the coming months to raise aspirations, improve attainment and support the Higher Education transition process.”

In feedback gathered after the event, participants said they found the opportunities for networking very useful, as well as speaking to universities and hearing about the opportunities available to support students with their careers and education choices.

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Lucy King

13 Oct 2021

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