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A Final word from Mairi…

After close to 13 years with LIFT OFF, it’s time for me to move on. I have found working at LIFT OFF; with the pupils, staff, parents, colleges, universities and schools incredibly rewarding. Before I leave for my new role, I wanted to reflect on some of my key achievements

LIFT OFF Learning Skills Resources

LIFT OFF Learning Skills (LOLS) 2023-24

Calling all pupils participating in LIFT OFF Learning Skills (LOLS)! So far we have completed (most) of our in school introductory sessions! Now you should now be starting the online workshops ahead of our campus day in the October holiday. LOLS Digital Workshops There are two digital workshops you must

Pupils from Lochgelly HS and LIFT OFF Programme Manager Mairi

LIFT OFF Learning Skills 22-23

The team are delighted to report that our SCQF accredited LIFT OFF Learning Skills course is done and dusted for AY2022-23! For the uninitiated, LOLS is our short, learning skills course that aims to make moving from school to Higher Education easier for senior phase pupils. It looks at some

April Reflections

It’s about that time we sit back and reflect on the journey through term 3. This one has been jam packed with tailored support and guidance for our core pupils.  During this time, we have had the pleasure of getting to know each of you better, so let’s take a

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Personal Statements and Mince Pies

Wow! We’ve had so many Personal Statements to look at that I’ve barely had time to write this blog! Fantastic work all of you who have sent them in to us.  Quite a lot of people have sent 2nd and 3rd drafts and it’s always great to see improvement and

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Kickstart your future career with HE study!

It’s #ScottishCareerWeek & we want to help young people find the best route to their future career! Many careers require you to complete study at Higher Education level, but why is this? Higher Education Study Develops the technical knowledge and understanding of the subject area. Boosts your Meta-Skillset such as

Term 1 update

The LIFT OFF team can’t quite believe that we are already sailing through Term 2 without the chance to catch our breaths from Term 1! We all love a bit of reflection so we would love to share with you the highlights from our Core Pupils since the start of this year.
Sit back and grab a cup of coffee, there’s lots to catch up on!

LIFT OFF Journey to Higher Education

This year at LIFT OFF!

Welcome back to academic year 2022-2023! We are so excited to deliver a full in person programme of engagements in school or at our partner Higher Education Institutions! We’ve been changing things up at LIFT OFF HQ, so here is a run down of our Development Workers roles for this


All our LO2S 2022 pupils, support staff and core staff team Wow, what a week we have all just had!  From nervous faces to best friends for life, LO2S was a great way to spend the summer holidays by getting to know the amazing opportunities that are waiting for us

S4 Update

Wow – a massive well done to our S4s for (almost) completing their first year with LIFT OFF!  Who knew that when our S4 pupils joined us in 2021, we would have the opportunity to meet in person?! It has been great joining LIFT OFF at this early stage of