1. School governance

To adequately address complex issues such as early school leaving, schools need to move beyond temporary and isolated measures to a strategic 'whole school approach'. In a 'whole school approach', schools are seen as collaborative learning environments. The entire school community (school leaders, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and families), together with external stakeholders, take responsibility to help all learners develop to the best of their abilities.

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CroCoos (Cross-sectoral cooperation focused solutions for the prevention of early school leaving project)

The CroCooS - Prevent dropout! project was developed in the framework of the EC proposal "Implementation of the European strategic objectives in education and training" under the Lifelong Learning Programme to support innovative policy solutions to reduce and prevent early leaving from education and training (ELET). The main aim of the CroCooS project, which was implement between 2014 and 17, was to contribute to the development of an institutional early warning system (EWS) for preventing early leaving from education and training. It also tested its applicability with national pilots focusing on contextual factors affecting the evaluation.
Regional needs addressed included: sensitizing the staff of each school on the need to address the problem of dropout; actively involving teachers in monitoring students and working with them; developing better relationships between students and teachers; strengthening pupils' sense of belonging to the class and the school; developing relationships of trust by being supportive and ensuring a safe school climate.

Areas: 1. School governance; 3. Support to learners

Subareas: 1.2. School planning and monitoring; 3.7. Monitoring learners at risk

Language: EN

Country: Hungary; Serbia; Slovenia

RESL.eu Toolkit for identifying and monitoring students and schools at risk of ESL

The toolkit developed as part of the valorisation of the findings by the Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe (RESL.eu) research project aims to support practitioners working with youth in identifying and monitoring students and schools in need of greater care and support. It is primarily focused on the situation of those young people who are at risk of school disengagement and early school leaving. The toolkit is primarily dedicated to school staff: principals, teachers, educators, pedagogical counsellors, class tutors and school psychologists. However, it might be also helpful for other educational specialists working in education policies and in alternative learning pathways.

Areas: 1. School governance; 3. Support to learners

Subareas: 1.1. School culture and climate; 1.2. School planning and monitoring; 3.7. Monitoring learners at risk

Language: EN

Country: Austria; Belgium; Hungary; Portugal; Spain; Sweden

School innovation in Europe: Fostering equal chances for children from different social backgrounds by making learning more active at the Béla IV Primary School in Hejőkeresztúr

The ‘Complex Instruction Programme’ (CIP) provides equal chances for children from different social backgrounds. The method seeks to change children roles and responsibilities in active learning. CIP is based on four principles: (1) education involves a varied level of non-routine, open-end tasks to mobilise students of different abilities; (2) responsibility is shared, learners are responsible for their personal work while the group is responsible for individual achievements; (3) work is evaluated against set norms and roles; (4) hierarchy within the group - the status of the students is mobile. In addition, the school uses other innovative practices, such as a reading programme for the elementary grades where students regularly read aloud to each other in pairs, and then exchange their thoughts, and the ‘learning between generations’ programme where children draw their family trees and label each member with a special skill they have.

Areas: 1. School governance; 2. Teachers; 3. Support to learners; 4. Parental involvement

Subareas: 1.1. School culture and climate; 2.1. Teacher skills and competences; 2.2. Teachers and their relationships with pupils and parents; 2.4. Well-being of teachers; 3.1. Well-being of learners; 3.2. Learners' participation in school life; 3.4. Curriculum and learning paths; 3.6. Extended and extra-curricular learning; 3.8. Targeted support - Language; 3.11. Targeted support - disadvantaged socio-economic background

Language: EN

Country: Hungary

School innovation in Europe: student-centred and game-based learning to support student engagement and development at the Open School in Miskolc

Since the mid-1990s, the Open Door school is strongly devoted to the Step by Step programme (SbS), which became the main driver to implement innovative approaches in the school. The SbS programme involves student-centred and game-based learning, with constant feedback. The school also organises two whole-school project months per year that end with a presentation day, often open to the wider public and parents. Classrooms are arranged according to different aspects of learning. As part of the innovation, the school applies “morning circles” which are involved around a certain theme. Each child learns to speak in a way that is to the point, and gets the chance to express what he or she thinks and feels. It’s also a useful approach to compensate the stress that students might have brought from home.

Areas: 1. School governance; 2. Teachers; 3. Support to learners

Subareas: 1.1. School culture and climate; 2.1. Teacher skills and competences; 3.1. Well-being of learners; 3.11. Targeted support - disadvantaged socio-economic background

Language: EN

Country: Hungary

School Leadership Toolkit

The European Policy Network on School Leadership- EPNoSL has developed a tool to reflect upon, identify challenges and prioritize areas for policy action to support and enhance school leadership for equity and learning. It addresses policy makers, school authorities, school actors, researchers and leadership training institutes. The School Leadership Toolkit is designed to support analyses of the ways different school leadership policies and programs interplay and influence the overall capacity of school leaders and their schools to effectively and persistently address equity and learning challenges in their schools. It contains a range of useful materials, videos, case studies and toolsets on different aspects of school leadership.

Area: 1. School governance

Subareas: 1.1. School culture and climate; 1.2. School planning and monitoring; 1.3. School management; 1.4. Cooperation within education systems

Language: BG; CZ; DA; DE; EL; EN; ES; ET; FI; FR; HR; HU; IT; LT; LV; MT; NL; PL; PT; RO; SK; SL; SV

Country: Albania; Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Netherlands; North Macedonia; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Turkey; United Kingdom