Early school leaving

Reducing early school leaving to less than 10% across the EU countries by 2020 is one of the EU Commission’s priorities in education. The European Commission works with the Member States to implement comprehensive strategies to prevent early school leaving, as well as ensure intervention and compensation initiatives to engage early school leavers in education and training.

What's the problem?

Early school leaving is linked to unemployment, social exclusion, poverty and poor health. There are many reasons why some young people give up education and training prematurely: personal or family problems, learning difficulties, or a fragile socio-economic situation. The way the education system is set up, school climate and teacher-pupil relations are also important factors.

Since there are often complex, interconnected reasons for children to not complete secondary schooling, policies to reduce early school leaving must address a range of issues and combine education and social policy, youth work and health related aspects.  Some of these challenges are outlined in an infographic provided by the commission.

What has been done so far?

European Toolkit for Schools

The European Toolkit for Schools offers policy makers and practitioners a wealth of resources and practical examples of effective practices to promote educational success and prevent early school leaving. The Toolkit is organised around five thematic areas which are key conditions for a whole school approach to early school leaving. Each area is further elaborated in the Toolkit and complemented with practical examples and measures. You can find more information on the Toolkit in the infosheet.