5. Stakeholders involvement

The complex nature of early school leaving (ESL) requires a multi-dimensional response. Some of its causes are linked to factors outside the education system, such as personal, health or emotional difficulties, family problems or fragile socio-economic circumstances. School staff do not (and cannot) have the capacity to address all of these challenges, so it is essential that they work with wider stakeholders with the appropriate expertise.

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Checklist and recommendations for prevention of absenteeism and school drop-out

It is undeniable that medical, psychological, social, educational and legal interventions are required in a number of cases of truancy and early school leaving, but research also shows clearly that in all cases, school and teaching staff can have a decisive influence. This document comprises a checklist for self-assessment of schools, 59 detailed recommendations for improvement of school attendance, pupil engagement and school culture, as well as proposals for behaviour agreements and examples of questionnaires for teachers and parents. The recommended measures are primarily directed at the target group of teachers, principals and parents. The document has been translated from the manual by Nairz-Wirth, Feldmann, Diexer (2012): Handlungsempfehlungen für Lehrende, Schulleitung und Eltern zur erfolgreichen Prävention von Schulabsentismus und Schulabbruch.

Areas: 1. School governance; 2. Teachers; 3. Support to learners; 4. Parental involvement; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 1.1. School culture and climate; 2.3. Initial Teacher Education and Continuing Professional Development of teachers; 3.1. Well-being of learners; 3.3. Career guidance and support; 3.4. Curriculum and learning paths; 3.6. Extended and extra-curricular learning; 3.7. Monitoring learners at risk; 4.1. Communication and information; 5.2. Stakeholders' networks

Language: EN; DE

Country: Austria

Choose Well - Help kids decide on their future

Making good choices regarding school subjects increases the chances of future success for students. This project involves parents and students in the process of making well-considered decisions about school subjects. It provides information on the Flemish education system.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 4. Parental involvement; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.2. Learners' participation in school life; 3.3. Career guidance and support; 3.4. Curriculum and learning paths; 3.9. Targeted support: Migrants, Roma; 4.1. Communication and information; 4.3. Spaces for parents and involvement in educational activities; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: EN; NL

Country: Belgium

Community-Based Lifelong Learning Centres

NESET - Network of Experts on Social Aspects of Education and Training publishes reports for policy makers and practitioners interested in promoting equity and inclusion in education and training across the European Union. This paper seeks to examine strategies for establishing community based lifelong learning centres in EU Member States. It explores evidence and research on the benefits and advantages of establishing such centres, as well as the barriers and difficulties impeding both the establishment and effectiveness of such centres. The report concludes that community based lifelong learning centres can simultaneously provide instantiations of a range of key lifelong learning objectives, such as active citizenship, social cohesion/inclusion, personal and social fulfillment, intercultural dialogue, as well as employment pathways.

Areas: 4. Parental involvement; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 4.1. Communication and information; 4.3. Spaces for parents and involvement in educational activities; 4.4. Family learning; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: EN

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

Does intensive coaching reduce school dropout?

Research done in the Netherlands has shown that one year of intensive coaching is likely to reduce school dropout by more than 40 percent and yield a net social gain. The target group of students was the general population of students starting in intermediate vocational education. Results suggest that the largest gains are made in the first year of coaching and effects are largest for students with a larger ex-ante probability of school dropout. Examples of coaching are working on study skills (e.g., planning and organizing), counselling in case of personal problems and contact with parents. Both preventive (before study dropout) and curative actions (among study dropouts) of the coaches have been effective and together resulted in a substantial reduction of school dropout.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.3. Career guidance and support; 3.7. Monitoring learners at risk

Language: EN

Country: Netherlands

Drop-out network and Central helpdesk in Antwerp city

The Drop-out prevention network provides a whole suite of services and expertise. Each project is unique, focused on specific target groups and attracts its own level of funding. Emphasis is put on prevention of early school leaving and re-integration of pupils who have dropped out of school. The Central Helpdesk provides support to pupils and to schools. Frequently absent students are referred to the Pupil Guidance Centre attached to the school network which the school is part of. Where necessary the Pupil Guidance Centre seek the help of the Central Helpdesk. The Helpdesk can offer tailored support measures and activities to pupils at risk or those who have dropped out through the network of different organisations.

Area: 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 5.1. Multidisciplinary teams; 5.2. Stakeholders' networks; 5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society

Language: EN

Country: Belgium

European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments (ENABLE)

This project is designed to support the development of Social-Emotional Learning skills (SEL) for 11-14 year olds, and to promote Peer Support to tackle and reduce bullying. SEL Programmes improve the student's social, emotional and academic skills, which include more pro-social behaviour and positive attitudes toward the self and others, and lower levels of emotional distress. Peer support systems reduce the negative impact of bullying on victims and make it more acceptable for them to report it. It follows a whole-school approach which includes young people, staff, parents and the wider community. Thus, this programme is a departure from the two-dimensional view of bullying as victim and bully, and instead looks at the social and group dynamics in a school or leisure environment to address a range of factors which contribute to bullying. ENABLE has trained a team of Ambassadors in each participating country, who are available to provide information and guidance to any school or organisation wishing to implement the programme.

Areas: 1. School governance; 3. Support to learners; 4. Parental involvement; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 1.1. School culture and climate; 3.1. Well-being of learners; 4.2. Parents' involvement in school governance

Language: EN

Country: Belgium; Croatia; Denmark; Greece; Romania; United Kingdom

Feel Well, Learn Better - ABMA program in France

The 'Feel Well, Learn Better (Aller bien pour mieux comprendre - ABMA)' measure builds on the consideration given to pupils' overall health to improve the school environment and school achievement, thus reducing health inequalities. It promotes harmonious interactions and well-being among pupils and staff. This is a pilot programme that will run for 3 years until 2016, under the Lyon Education Authority, in partnership with the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.1. Well-being of learners; 5.1. Multidisciplinary teams

Language: EN

Country: France

Godalen and Thor Heyerdahl Upper Secondary Schools in Norway

In order to prevent drop-out, the Godalen and Thor Heyerdahl Upper Secondary Schools in Norway have focused on improving and strengthening their school leadership strategies. The schools have established a range of measures to support teachers and young people alike.

Areas: 1. School governance; 2. Teachers; 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 1.3. School management; 2.2. Teachers and their relationships with pupils and parents; 3.3. Career guidance and support; 3.4. Curriculum and learning paths; 3.5. Learning and assessment; 5.2. Stakeholders' networks

Language: EN

Country: Norway

Health and Citizenship Education Committee (CESC) in France

The Health and Citizenship Education Committee involves all members of the educational community and the local partners of the primary or secondary school (local government, police, justice and associations). Chaired by the school head, the committee is active in citizenship education, drawing up the plan for the prevention of violence, proposing initiatives to support parents in difficult situations and combating social exclusion, defining a health and sex education programme aimed at promoting safe behaviour. The CESC brings together a variety of measures, with the aim of preparing pupils to act and to live together, with respect for equality between women and men and to make choices and exercise their citizenship rights.

Areas: 3. Support to learners; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 3.1. Well-being of learners; 5.2. Stakeholders' networks

Language: EN

Country: France

Home School Community Liaison Scheme

It is clear from the Irish experience that educational initiatives based in schools can raise the educational level of the adults involved, and result in a general sense of empowerment in the local community. Parental involvement, especially in areas of socio-economic deprivation, does not just benefit the children and the school - it is a crucial aspect of lifelong learning.? (Parents as Partners in Schooling, OECD 1997)

Areas: 1. School governance; 2. Teachers; 4. Parental involvement; 5. Stakeholders involvement

Subareas: 1.3. School management; 2.1. Teacher skills and competences; 2.2. Teachers and their relationships with pupils and parents; 4.1. Communication and information; 5.1. Multidisciplinary teams

Language: EN

Country: Ireland

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