Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP)
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.
The Scottish Government recognises a range of barriers which can prevent school pupils from considering and/or accessing higher and further education, such as residing in an area defined as “deprived” in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), being care experienced or being in receipt of free school meals. The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) supports a number of national programmes which aim to remove those barriers, under the umbrella of SHEP.
SHEP is divided up into four regional programmes which deliver the aims of the project for each region. See the relevant regional programme website for more details on how each programme operates.
Although the programme originally supported schools in each region where less than 22% of pupils progress to higher education, SHEP is now working with all state schools nationally, targeting individual pupils from specific disadvantaged, non-traditional or underrepresented groups. Please see the SHEP regional programmes for details on their targeting criteria.
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.