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Schools for Higher Education Programme

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The Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP) supports regional collaboration between schools, colleges and universities to increase progression to higher education in both colleges and universities.

Although the programme currently supports schools in each region where less than 22% of pupils progress to higher education, SHEP is expanding to additional schools nationally, whilst targeting individual pupils from specific disadvantaged, non-traditional or underrepresented groups.

Further information on the work of the individual programmes is available:

  • ASPIRENorth - Aberdeenshire, Highlands, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.
  • LEAPS - Borders, Edinburgh, Forth Valley, the Lothians.
  • LIFT OFF - Dundee and Angus, Fife, Perthshire.
  • FOCUS West - Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, the West.

For more information on SHEP, please contact Anna Wallace, tel: 0131 313 6605, email: