• 12 months 3 days ago

Too many young Europeans, aged 18 to 24, are ‘Early School Leavers’: they either dropped out of school before completing compulsory schooling or they did not achieve an equivalent qualification to an upper secondary education. Thankfully, there are some great Erasmus+ projects that can provide you with ideas and resources to fight early school leaving. Discover them, as well as the political drive behind them.

The EU aims to reduce Early School Leaving (ESL) to below 10% by 2020. Almost all Member States have reduced their rates in the last 10 years and in 2016 it stood at 10.7%. However, over the last year, progress towards meeting the benchmark has been slow and there is still a lot to do in reducing early school leaving in specific regions or for groups of learners from disadvantaged background.

Following work at the EU level and recent policy messages on how the whole school can tackle the problem, a report on 'Structural indicators for inclusive systems in and around schools' was published by the NESET II. It informs strategic policy and practice through a range of issues relevant for creating more supportive quality learning environments, welcoming and caring schools and classrooms, and preventing discrimination.

In this context, the European Commission recently selected 20 success stories among recent school education projects which have shown exceptional results. Some of them tested different methods to fight ESL and here are 2 examples:

  • The School & Work project created a synergy between schools and the world of work, to support students’ motivation to stay at school and foster their entrepreneurial spirit.
  • The ESL – Monitoring and prevention solutions analysed ESL monitoring systems in the partner countries (Poland, Italy and United Kingdom), identified good practices and drafted recommendations to fight ESL.

Finally, the European Commission just released a new publication: ‘Tackling Early School Leaving’ which compiles useful resources produced by Erasmus+ projects and is structured around 4 themes:

  • identifying and addressing reasons for early school leaving
  • approaches to preventing early school leaving
  • training modules and courses for teachers
  • providing second-chance opportunities for early school leavers

Don’t be shy and go ahead: use the many guidelines, good practices, curricula and videos included in this brochure, and get inspired to build upon them!