This section of the website is dedicated to the parents and carers of LIFT OFF Core Pupils. Here you will find a range of FAQs and links to important information to help support your young person on their journey to their next destinations after school.
If you want to find out more about what LIFT OFF has to offer, we have created a helpful overview of the programme. Check it our here.
The pupils are identified by the teachers in the school and referred to the programme using a range of criteria. First and foremost, though, is the academic ability to achieve the required grades to move into a Higher Education destination after school i.e. college or university. The full pupil selection criteria can be viewed on the communications page.
The LIFT OFF programme is fully funded by the SFC so there are no associated costs to parents and carers for any of the activities that we offer to our pupils. This includes our summer residential LIFT OFF 2 Success (LO2S).
LIFT OFF are not just here to support the pupils into their destinations after school, but also their families and support system. We offer opportunities and information sessions throughout the duration of the programme which parents and carers are notified of directly. Alongside this, we are more than happy to facilitate questions from parents and carers at any point in the programme. Just contact us!
LIFT OFF strive to offer support to all pupils that qualify to join the programme. This includes supporting young people with any ASN and delivering an equal and inclusive programme across the board.
They can! LIFT OFF offers pupils in S5 the opportunity to gain a credit-rated qualification (3 points) at the same academic SCQF level as a Higher. LIFT OFF Learning skills or “LOLS” for short, is designed to equip pupils with the skills required to succeed in HE, such as critical thinking and presentation skills. Successful completion of the course will allow pupils to add this qualification to their college and university (UCAS) applications when the time comes.
The National Parent Forum Scotland (NPFS) works in partnership with national and local government and other organisations involved in education and child wellbeing issues to ensure that parents play a full and equal role in education. The overall aim is to help every child to maximise their potential through their school life.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service whose main role is to facilitate applications to universities in the UK. Services provided by UCAS include several online application portals, a number of search tools and free information and advice directed at various audiences, including students considering Higher Education, students with pending applications to Higher Education institutes, parents and legal guardians of applicants, school and Further Education college staff involved in helping students apply, and providers of Higher Education (universities and HE colleges).
We are a widening access initiative that supports young people from local secondary schools into Higher Education; that’s any course from a HNC to a Degree. We work with S3 – S6 pupils throughout Fife, Dundee and Angus.
We have a limited number of core pupil places per school (roughly between 15-30) and we ask Guidance Teachers to help select pupils to join the programme. The selection criteria is based on many factors but our main priority is that pupils have the ability to transition into Higher Education after school. Many of the young people we work with may lack the confidence or inspiration to go on to Higher Education.
Pupils who register with the LIFT OFF programme can engage in activities in S4, S5 & S6.
We also offer Tier 1 schools additional sessions with S3 pupils who have not yet joined the LIFT OFF Programme.
LIFT OFF is currently undergoing a programme expansion to extend our reach. However we currently are engaged in the following schools:
LIFT OFF has provided support to its schools on a tiered basis with the level of support offered to each school being dependent on its tier. The allocation of schools to tiers is based on several measures including progression rate data and attainment figures.
Tier 1 schools receive the most support from LIFT OFF.
Our volunteers are vital to the work we do at LIFT OFF, providing up to date knowledge and experience as current students studying a diverse range of subjects at Higher Education Institutions across Scotland.
Not only are our volunteers available at in school and campus activities, they are available online to ask any questions pupils may have regarding anything H.E. related.
As a partnership organisation, LIFT OFF works alongside all the Higher Education providers and local authorities in the Fife and Tayside region.
LIFT OFF is also supported by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) outwith the Fife and Tayside region, most notably Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot Watt University, Queen Margaret University, The University of Edinburgh, and University of Stirling.