chevron-down chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up home circle comment double-caret-left double-caret-right like like2 twitter epale-arrow-up text-bubble cloud stop caret-down caret-up caret-left caret-right file-text


Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



EPALE focus: Early school leavers

by EPALE Moderator
Language: EN
Document available also in: HU FR PL SV IT RO SK DA CS HR NL EL FI ET MT ES SL PT LT LV

/epale/de/file/second-chance-education-epaleSecond Chance Education EPALE

Second Chance Education EPALE


EPALE’s July focus is on early school leavers and second chance education

Early school leavers are people who left school without completing secondary education or without obtaining a qualification. They are at higher risk of unemployment, social exclusion and poverty. There are many reasons why some young people leave school prematurely: personal or family problems, learning difficulties, social or financial problems. Other important factors are the school environment and teacher-student relations.

A lot is being done in the EU to prevent and reduce early school leaving. Member states are taking steps to support students, families and teachers to promote educational success for all learners.

Here at EPALE we believe in the importance of second chance education to give adult learners another chance to obtain a qualification. Check out our thematic page Second chance schools where the community and EPALE’s national teams have gathered interesting blog articles, useful resources and news on the topic (content varies based on your selected language). Don't forget to visit EPALE regularly for new content in July!


Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn



    We are a public secondary school for adults, who have dropped out schools.

    We are interesting to participate to an Erasmus KA1 project as partners in order to exchange practices and ideas in the field of adult education for those adults who early left the school.

    We are located in west peloponese next to ancient olympia the birthplace of olympic games and next to the katakolo port.

    Our adult students come mostly from urban areas and the commonly deal with earth and tourism and many of them are unepmloyed.

    Due to the economic crisis we need to enhance our education techniques in order to tranform, empower and faciliate our adult students so that they could feel more indepedent, sustainable and strong to their living.

    some projects of our school are:

    - planting and creaing our own garden

    - photoshooting our area and creating our tourist guide using new technologies

    - volunteering, theatre 

    please dont hasitate to contact us:


  • Christine Bertram's picture

    That sounds like it could be an exciting project. Great you have already discovered the partner search tool!

    Good luck with your project proposal when it comes together.



  • Claudio Sdogati's picture

    I represent an Italian secondary professional school interested to participate in Erasmus+ KA2 proposals about "Early leaving" and "Adults who early left the school". Please conrtact me directly to:

    Best regards

    Claudio Sdogati

  • Brid Connolly's picture

    One of the most rewarding part of my job in Department of Adult and Community Education, Maynooth University, is meeting people who left school early, as early as 13 or 14, without basic education or qualifications. But when I meet them they have turned their learning lives around and are now studying at Masters and Doctoral levels, even though they were often told at school: 'college is not for you.'


    These are amazing people who have achieved their qualifications as adults, after a lifetime of thinking they were stupid or not intelligent. And they have a passion and commitment towards others, determined to make life easier for other early school leavers. 


    College is not for everyone, but education is. And adult education enhances our lives, enabling us all to reach our potential, as well as enhancing the community and society. 


  • Christine Bertram's picture

    Hi Brid,

    We have come across tranformative FE colleagues quite a lot recently. We are currently working with them to see, how we can give the discussion a more permanent home on EPALE for exchange, discussion and debate! Very much looking forward to this.

    Keep your eyes peeled!



    That's sounds great.

    I have taken my master in adult education and my thesis was " The performing of transformative learning theory to the adults of the seconds chance of pyrgou". The school which i am repsesenting and work as an ICT educator.

    I carried out an investigation, taking interviews from the adult educators and the adult students of the school in order to find which techniques at the school help adults to transform their thoughts and ideas, in order to perform the transformative learning theory.

    Thats why we are interesting in participaing for as partners to an ERASMUS + KA1 project in order exchange techniques and ideas on how to transform these adults who left early school and try to adapt to the new environment. 

    If you are interesting please contact me:


    yours sincerely,

    Georgia Vasilopoulou

  • Thomas Fischer's picture



    EPODS - Online Professional Development in Second Chance Education

    The Erasmus+ project EPODS supports teachers/trainers in Second Chance Education (SCE) in their Continuous Professional Development (CPD). It assists these educators to set their own development goals, take online courses and monitor their progress. By these means the online professional development services of EPODS will enable educators to maintain the high level of support to their learners. A self-assessment tool and skills trainer, selected online courses and a course creation tool further support the accessible and continuous learning of teachers/trainers in SCE.



    The platform focuses on the quality improvement of Second Chance Education, paying particular attention to the development of a European online knowledge base and quality centre. On this platform digital assessment tools, good practices and trainings are available.

    EPODS finally sets up and maintains an organic growing database connecting tools, schools, educators and other beneficiaries.

    Find EPODS here:

    Facebook: LIKE us.


    Twitter: FOLLOW us.

    LinkedIn: JOIN us. USE it.

    Contact us via: