Preventing Dropout

Lessons from Europe

June 2017
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    8th June 2017
  • ISBN 9781858568089
  • Language English
  • Pages 178 pp.
  • Size 6.125" x 9.5"

This book describes an initiative that has proved effective in keeping more young people from dropping out of education, training or employment. The authors present case studies based on in-depth interviews with participants from five widely divergent European countries – the UK, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Ireland – which illustrate the effectiveness of early intervention in young people’s lives. This independently verified study shows the significant personal and economic benefits gained by identifying the groups most vulnerable to dropout early on and then working with them proactively to keep them engaged in education.

"The interlinked issues of early school leaving and young people who are not in education, employment or training are key policy concerns across Europe. Arnold and Baker's book makes an important contribution to the literature in this field and is particularly strong in drawing out lessons for both practice and policy."

Tristram Hooley, Professor of Career Education, University of Derby

1. The phenomenon
2. International initiatives (by Chris Latham)
3. Developing a local screening tool
4. Developing interventions
5. Case Study 1: Jakub, Czech Republic
6. Case study 2: Alex, England
7. Case study 3: Viktor, Hungary
8. Case study 4: Mary, Ireland
9. Case study 5: Javier, Spain
10. Outcomes and lessons

Christopher Arnold

Dr. Christopher Arnold is an educational psychologist who has worked with vulnerable young people for more than thirty years.

Tracey Baker

Tracey Baker is a Personal Adviser working in Connexions Sandwell and has worked on early identification for almost ten years.