Lift Off


What is it?

Lift Off is an activity-based programme that develops soft skills and builds self-esteem to help learners make a successful transition from primary to secondary school. It consists of activities designed to develop learners' skills in 18 key characteristics that will aid their progression.

Lift Off will help learners to manage their own learning, recognise their strengths and the characteristics they need to develop, and prepare for their future.

Who is it for?

Learners aged 10–12 in primary and secondary education.

Lift Off can be delivered in Year 6 and continued into Year 7, or alternatively can be started in Year 7. Download the Lift Off delivery models infographic for suggested delivery models.

Evidence from the pilot scheme shows that Lift Off has an impact on the readiness of learners to thrive at secondary school – in particular disadvantaged learners.

Facts and Figures

  • Flexible, activity-based programme to aid transition
  • Available to registered and non-registered centres
  • Certificates of achievement can be awarded at the discretion of the tutor
  • Lift Off has been created by ASDAN as a result of a research project and pilot scheme in association with The Progression Trust. You can find out more about the findings of the research project and pilot scheme in the Lift Off summary report and the full external project evaluation by Tiller Research Ltd.


Lift Off is made up of three modules. Each module contains six characteristics that will help develop learners’ skills:

  • Awareness: Strengths, Possibilities, Challenges, Routes, Information, Support
  • Aspiration: Self-worth, Self-efficacy, Self-control, Purpose, Resilience, Determination
  • Attainment: Planning, Communication, Self-improvement, Application, Collaboration, Problem Solving

Learners complete challenges to develop these characteristics and aid their progression.

The Lift Off structure infographic shows how the modules, characteristics and challenges fit together.

Resources and materials

The following materials are available to support Lift Off:

  • Tutor resource pack – containing session plans for each characteristic, supporting resources and guidance for tutors. Electronic copies are also included on a USB memory stick.
  • Student book for primary to secondary and student book for secondary – featuring templates for learners to record their progress and reflect on their experiences (one per learner).
  • Packs of stickers – can be used at the discretion of tutors to show when a learner has developed a particular characteristic. These can be used on learners’ work or given as rewards.


Tutors can reward learners' achievements using internally-awarded certificates.

Certificates are available to purchase in packs of 30 and can be awarded at the discretion of the tutor.

Getting started

Lift Off is easy to set up and administrate – simply purchase resources and get started!

Lift Off materials are available for anyone to purchase, regardless of whether they are part of an ASDAN centre or not, using our online shop

Registered centres can log in to the members area to place their order.


All student book, certification and registration prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
Lift Off student record book for years 6–7 (one per learner, bulk discounts available) £3.65 +VAT
Lift Off student record book for year 7 (one per learner, bulk discounts available) £3.65 +VAT
Lift Off stickers (optional, 18 per sheet, pack of 30 sheets) £12.00 +VAT
Lift Off certificates (optional, pack of 30) £13.45 +VAT


All prices valid from 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2019. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT. For details of prices from September 2019, please download the list of ASDAN course costs for 2019–2020

What next?

Case Studies

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