Tackling Early School Leaving

One in ten young Europeans leave education or training without having the skills and qualifications which are now considered necessary for a successful transition to the labour market and for active participation in today’s society, meaning they risk unemployment, social exclusion and poverty. 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 school is a key actor in tackling early school leaving but it cannot work in isolation – a 'whole school approach' is needed where the entire school community (school leaders, staff, learners, and families) engages in a cohesive, collective and collaborative action, with strong cooperation with external stakeholders and the community at large.

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