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Reduction of Early School Leaving of Young People (RESLEA)

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Secondary and vocational schools, education centres, communities, teachers, families have to work together to reduce the number of pupils who drop out before the end of secondary education.

Early School Leaving

Early school leaving is an urgent and serious problem, not only for individuals, but for society as a whole. Although the situation varies in different EU countries, the social phenomenon of early school leaving follows certain patterns.

There is no single reason for leaving education or vocational training. There are many reasons – often highly individual – why some young people give up education and training prematurely: learning difficulties, social problems or a lack of motivation, guidance or support.

The mission of the RESLEA project is to develop an innovative delivery model and toolkits which can be used in different countries and learning settings to reduce the number of early school leavers (dropouts) aimed at learners aged 15-19.

RESLEA Final Conference

9-10 January, 2014, Lisbon, Portugal
Organised by Portuguese Catholic University.

How will this be done?

The European partners involved in the RESLEA project are working together to scope the situation related to early school leaving in their partner countries, identify existence evidence of good practices, and develop an intervention model and toolkits to be used to prevent early school leaving.  The aim is to validate and exploit the developed toolkits in close cooperation with stakeholders by piloting in different learning settings in the four partner countries
(Portugal, Hungary, Slovenia and the UK).

Who will benefit from RESLEA?

The target groups of this project include:

  • Teachers and trainers: they will benefit from materials supporting their work with pupils at risk
  • Policy makers and social partners: will benefit from a tested model of intervention and a range of best practices from European Countries. This will support their policy making
  • Families will benefit from the improved quality of working with youth at risk and guidelines on what they themselves can do
  • Facilitators also will benefit from tested guidelines for action
  • Researchers, experts and academics will benefit from an enhanced understanding of the issue of early school leaving from a European perspective and from a researched model of intervening in different countries and settings.
  • Local authorities will benefit from tested interventions, which will be appropriate for including in comprehensive local policies for the prevention of underemployment, dependency and poverty.

The project started. The results of the project work will be published both on this website and in the RESLEA newsletters. So please follow us on this website and get in touch the lead partner as well as the national partners will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this exciting new initiative.

Partners: CEPCEP (Portugal), MENON (BE), SCV (Slovenia), HCC (UK),
NTL (Germany), EPIS (Portugal), CECOA (Portugal), ISOB (Germany), SZAMALK (Hungary)


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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