Conclusion: Lessons learned from the project: Main findings and policy advice

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The concluding chapter presents policy advice synthesised from the five-year findings and publications of the Reducing Early School Leaving in Europe ( project. The first section offers insights gleaned from extensive qualitative research on mainstream secondary education and alternative learning pathways in the project’s data collection countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. We present an evaluation of intervention, prevention and compensatory measures for all seven countries, pinpointing effective measures as well as challenges in implementing them. Drawing on survey data and qualitative fieldwork, the second section discusses the significant protective factors for school engagement. We provide an overview of patterns in early school leaving (ESL) and main protective factors identified per country. The chapter closes with national comparisons and recommendations, relevant for school stakeholders, school-level policy makers and other interested parties.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComparative Perspectives on Early School Leaving in the European Union
EditorsLore van Praag, Ward Nouwen, Rut van Caudenberg, Noel Clycq, Christiane Timmerman
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315170404
ISBN (Print)9781138048072
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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