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Guideline for Policy Makers

The ministry of education, the school inspectorates, local public administrations, in a word, the policy makers are in charge with elaborating and implementing strategies designed to reduce early school leaving. The guide aims to support the policy makers in this approach by submitting 10 steps to follow. The first step consists in describing the general framework that urges policy makers to act. To this purpose they must analyse the early school leaving phenomenon (step 2) and elaborate an evidence-based strategy for the early school leaving phenomenon (step 3). This strategy should begin with the identification of the causes of school dropout (step 4) by analysing the causes that lead to the emergence of the school drop out risk and identifying the prevention ways of early school leaving phenomenon. The fifth step are refers to presenting the main issues in establishing the objectives, strategic directions and specific actions that are critical to drawing up the strategy. Step 6 is concerned with detailing the main directions of the educational strategies to eradicate early school leaving and which are necessary for the implementation of the strategy: prevention, intervention and rewarding measures. In step 7, the guide presents the issues that will be undertaken for the implementation of the strategy monitoring at the level of each school. The conclusions reached at after the performing the monitoring strategy will be used to revise the action plan (step 8), to assess the implementation of the strategy (step 9) and to establish the future action directions (step 10).
Here is the list of the 10 steps:
  1. General Framework
  2. The Analysis of the Early School Leaving Phenomenon
  3. The Elaboration of the Strategy Regarding Early School Leaving Phenomenon
  4. Identification of the Causes
  5. Drawing up the Strategy
  6. The Implementation of the Strategy
  7. Monitoring
  8. Revision of the Action Plan
  9. The Assessment of the Strategy Implementation
  10. Future Action Directions

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20 December 2014

Final Partners’ meeting

The fourth partners’ meeting took place in Florence (IT) on 15 December 2014. The meeting had the objective to check the activities carried out since the third meeting of the project and share and assess the in progress results. A special focus has been dedicated to the presentation of the strategies to solve the case scenarios.