Early school leaving

Early school leaving is linked to unemployment, social exclusion, poverty and poor health. Policies to reduce early school leaving must address a range of triggers and combine education and social policy, youth work and health related aspects such as drug use or mental and emotional problems.

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 is not a single reason for early school leaving, there are no easy answers. Policies to reduce early school leaving must address a range of triggers and combine education and social policy, youth work and health related aspects such as drug use or mental and emotional problems.

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 organized 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.