Best Practices

The best practices selection suggests that for tackling early school leaving it is necessary to put in place actions for promoting cooperation among different actors: teachers, headmasters, students’ families, tutors, school counsellors and policy makers. Each of them has a specific role and responsibility in fighting school dropout.

A project that allies Art education and activities of scientific nature. It is based on specialized methodologies aimed at enhance students’ personal and socio-emotional skills contributing to the improvement of educational success.

The project is an interesting intervention for giving support in the process of career orientation and career guidance. It helps youngsters find the right apprenticeship and employers find suitable and qualified staff.

The best practice aims to enhance the active participation in learning by means of several strategies, such as differentiation in planning and teaching, high quality feedback and making learning fun through the development of relationships, outdoor learning and cross curricular projects.

The project aims at responding to the needs of a group of students who are unable to acquire the basic skills within the regular education system.

The best practice has been specifically thought for improving motivation. Small changes on the official curriculum make it easier for students to understand it and help them developing self-esteem.

Clear but effective school attendance policies should be monitored closely in order to ensure that the school works with pupils and parent/carers to enable them to achieve the best possible attendance and punctuality throughout the year. The best practice developed action in order to assure that.

All students involved in the program are part of a minority group and often they have suffered from intolerance and rejection because of that. This project aims to help them face and – at least in part – overcome such a situation, by sharing their point of view about barriers and separation and discussing it altogether with the teachers and the educators.

The focus of the project is to involve students and families in the daily school life through various activities. The school is located in a Spanish disadvantaged area with a high percentage of Roman people and problems with violent crime and drug-trafficking.    

This practice aims to articulate a plan of improvement measures in vocational courses, in order to adapt the students' profile to the needs of companies through the sharing of knowledge, experiences, internships and technical projects.

The project's objective is to reduce early school leavers and prepare young people to common and future jobs through connecting education and labour market. The focus is on the teacher's training with the help of specialist in career guidance.

The best practice has been thought for improving students’ learning. The classes are organized around space in classroom. The students are changing site biweekly, so that, every fifteen days, tasks, activities and projects are recycled and renewed for extending the life of the classroom. In this way, the classroom becomes an enriching, different and motivating space. Starting from this structure various activities are programmed biweekly, to help students to achieve and accomplish curriculum goals.

Many are the goals of this class leadership focused best practice; among the others: monitoring the school career of the student continuously and systematically; promoting close contact with the families, encouraging them to participate in the path of their children; timely solving situations that might influence academic performance of the student.

That is a simple but effective practice, which pedagogical aim is to explain concepts using different contexts. What the teacher does is to choose the best context for his/her pupils. So students can learn complex concept in the easiest way and improve their self-esteem.

The goal pursued by the best practice is improving opportunities for development on behalf of children, parents and neighbourhood, as well as improving liability and facilities, preferably concentrated in a community building containing a child centre (preschool, school and shelter).

This project involves the whole school community and encourages parents to fully engage with the school and their child’s learning. Children and families were asked to produce a creative piece of art work, book or poster linked to a specific topic.

Aim of the best practice is timely signaling pupils who are potential school dropouts by using assessments.

In order to help youngsters choosing a future career EPIS develops, since 2011, volunteer programs with associated companies. This project aims to combat failure and dropout, supporting young people in their vocational choices.

Many students show limited interest towards studying and find it hard to develop a scientific approach to reality. The educational rationale of Science Lab project is to involve pupils in a series of simple and practical experiences, which can arouse their curiosity.

The low average skills from the students’ parents ends in low expectations on academic result and lack of support and opportunities for skills development. Investment in projects that challenge and encourage students' enhancing of these competences, as Family Readers, are assumed to be priority to the Educational Project Gondifelos Group of Schools, Portugal.

The aim of the ‘Flipped Classroom’ is to provide a personalized, engaging learning experience for every student, whatever his learning style, pace or ability.

The project's primary objective is to fight and limit as much as possible the risks of early school leaving. Thus it implements a strictly preemptive protocol of activities intended to support kids’ motivation and strengthen their school engagement.

The best practice was carried out in order to have a solid learning experience in the future. Teachers must have an active role in the way they expose each subject to the students since the beginning of their academic life.

Sometimes it is not necessary to repeatedly explain the same thing to the whole class. You just need to explain on a one to one basis. The method on which the practice is focused on is to make personal meetings in order to find what kind of learning difficulties pupils have, and also to ask and help parents to be supportive of their kids.

The best practice is addressed to children who had never been schooled. They are involved in the educational system at the age of 10, thanks to the Spanish government economical help. The idea is to develop an intensive photo-syllabic reading method to show students how reading fast and understanding quickly.

There is a high percentage of students who feel that no one notices or cares whether they are in or out of the school. Mentoring is an important way to work with youths in at-risk situations. It consists in a one to one conversation where the counsellor tries to solve different worries students could have and encourages them to continue with their studies.

It is a common practice in several schools to organize an open door day for families. Some parents are encouraged to come to the school for getting more information about the learning environment of their children.

It is a counselling and career guidance oriented initiative to help families with kids at risk of school dropping out. This personalized program consists of meetings aimed to solve familiar or social problems.

The aim of the practice is to engage parents in bi-monthly meetings for helping their children to be motivated in school. Stress is put on the importance of education and parental influence on student’s life.

The program has developed an experimental methodology based on school-professional training rotation to minors of foreign origin, who are at high risk of being ousted from the education system and have been involved – as both victims or perpetuators – in episodes of aggression between peers in educational settings.

The best practice strategy is designed to welcome and guide the students that on a voluntary basis, look for help in overcoming their difficulties, improving their performance and developing projects through personalized learning activities.

Pupils need to choose a profile and a corresponding set of subjects. The best practice provides information about courses students can choose and helps them make the best possible choice on their educational path. A good profile/subject choice can prevent dropout, stimulating young people to work on the subjects they find interesting.

The main objective is supporting students work in small groups through a flexible management of the curriculum and classroom organization; this model has been nationally recognized as a measure of success in Portugal.

It is important for assuring a high attendance level that the school has close contact with the Red Cross or social assistance, especially if it is attended by children from disadvantaged groups. Red Cross works closer with the families and talks with them in order to find better ways to improve class attendance and student's assistance.

The pedagogical aim of this practice is to involve students in a creative process, in which all of them, even the weakest ones, could make their contribution according to their specific attitudes and abilities.

A best practice to help and support students through the use of innovative, interactive and cooperative digital platforms. In a larger perspective, this project helps to foster and assist the development of a stronger relationship between students at risk of school disengagement and the educational context.

The aLer+ Project is an initiative of the National Reading Plan in partnership with the Network of School Libraries. It focuses on a comprehensive reading culture and has a network of about 100 schools/groups. Its aim is to make all schools contribute to the promotion of reading habits and improve literacy levels in the community.

The project’s objective is to encourage students in the third grade (14 years) developing a sense of social responsibility by helping out institutions, sports clubs and charities, after they have been coached by a representative of the institution. They can also find out what they are good at, thinking about their career choices.

The best practice has been developed in a school with a high number of disciplinary incidents, absenteeism and dropout students. Therefore the program has been carried out to reduce and prevent indiscipline, abandon and absenteeism.

The aim of the best practice is to get dropped out students back on their trail. Success Class provides career guidance programs offered by teams that follow the ordinary preparatory paths to colleges together with psychological counselling.

The project aims to be better equip young people for the labour market by helping them to do the right career and educational choices. Together with the participant the coach tries to find out what he or she would like to do as a career. The participant didn't finish school, so the first step is to review the possibility of ending the educational path.

Technasium is a way for a better and different beta-education in research and design at secondary schools and an important approach to interest young people for technical jobs.

Improving students' attitude toward learning and changing their point of view about school are the expected outcome of the best practice, which considers technological devices as effective tools for learning activities.

As suggested by this best practice, early school leaving can be tackle also through a specific educational path and concrete vocational oriented courses concerning precise skills.

Change program is thought to improve students' motivation for schoolwork and self-esteem, changing the usual perspective on their abilities and chances in life. It is an integrated approach for young people with motivational problems and insecurities to get to know their strongpoints and abilities.

The Fiver Challenge is a free online activity tested in Hampton Hill Junior School. It introduces young people to the world of enterprise and helps them building important employability skills, such as risk taking, team working, problem solving, communication and financial literacy. It includes a national competition which everyone can enter.

This project targets low income families, whose children are more likely to dropout of secondary school. The research shows that there is a balance between narrowing the gap of achievement and balancing the wellbeing of the pupils and their families.

Place2Be is a British non-profit organization that provides school-based emotional and therapeutic mental health services to primary and secondary students, mainly in areas of socio-economic deprivation. The aim of the service is to offer an integrated school-based mental health service that helps children growing up with better prospects.

Among the goals pursued by the program: reducing the dropout rate and promoting the school cycle conclusion; diversifying the training offer providing a broader response to the expectations of young people in terms of their professional training; focusing on training opportunities that meet local and regional needs.

The aim of the best practice is to train mentors and teachers in career counselling addressed to young adults aged 10-15 years old.

The project’s main achievement is to realise a second chance school aimed to strengthen the motivation to learn in youngsters who have already been victims of early school leaving episodes, helping them to conclude Junior High School with a special, customized curricula.

This project aims to address the lack of students' positive attitude toward school in general and in their school work in particular, which is reflected in low academic results. The peer mentoring programme allows greater participation of each student enrolled in small groups. It also highlights the fact that students use simpler and more accessible language than teachers, and therefore are closer to colleagues.

The main aim of the project is to involve students against discrimination, creating a web-radio run by them with the help of educators. More information at