Inclusive education and tackling early school leaving

Learner pathways are at risk from fragmentation in a number of ways, leading to underachievement and possible drop-out from school. Transitions between levels and types of schools can be a moment where problems arise but also may reveal symptoms of other issues. Even access to education is also an issue for many young people.

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. However, education system features and school climate are also important factors in the process of pupil engagement or disengagement. Pathways move through different ways of learning and being, and this can be positive for learners, if these pathways are flexible and parents and pupils can make informed choices.

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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