What is it?

Lift Off is an activity-based programme that develops soft skills and builds self-esteem to help learners make a smoother transition from primary to secondary school.

Lift Off has been created by ASDAN as a result of a research project and pilot scheme in association with The Progression Trust. The aim of the 18-month project, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, was to create and trial classroom activities to support learners in their transition from primary to secondary education. The activities that make up Lift Off were piloted by a secondary school in Rugby and three of its main feeder primary schools.

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.

Who is it for?

Learners aged 10–12 in primary and secondary education.

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

Modules and characteristics

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.

Resources and materials

The following materials are available to support Lift Off (click on the titles to download a sample copy):

  • 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 – includes 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.

What Next?

Case Studies

Learners make positive start at secondary school thanks to Lift Off programme

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