Development of an Inclusive School Climate

SEE-ME Training Material on Early School Leaving Prevention

Towards an inclusive school

The Prevention Plan training material offer step by step advices on how schools and the broader community can focus their efforts to keep young people connected to school.

The training material on Early School Leaving Prevention Plan (ESL-PP) is to create an inclusive school through improvement of the school climate and also a process to identify and track pupils who are at risk of ESL and respond to the warning signs. The training material contain guidelines regarding school-wide actions enabling school taking steps towards excellence by creating an inclusiveness atmosphere.

The content of the training material is developed by partnership in the project SEE-ME based on best practices in Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden as well as research and best practises from available literature with regards to:

  1. Pupils experiences of education in school and at adult community education
  2. Issues of access to education and support services
  3. What schools and communities do to prevent young people becoming disconnected from school?
  4. How the program/solution was developed and sustained
  5. The pathways of young people and how these are managed
  6. How schools, other education providers and agencies have worked together
  7. What works and does not work and in what circumstances.

The actions and approaches in these training material cover prevention and early intervention. Most are not new but are unlikely to be effective by themselves. What is required is the selection of appropriate actions for each of the following: individual young people and their families, schools – in partnership with other education providers and agencies, and in community networks. Actions that are coordinated and planned are likely to provide better support for keeping young people connected to school.

The actions are designed as processes for change to enable teams in schools and communities to reflect on, review and strengthen practices for keeping young people connected to school. Addressing the following questions is a good starting point:

  1. What is the most important and urgent problem area and where do we think we can innovate successfully?
  2. What do we currently know about this problem area?
  3. What are we already doing?
  4. Where are the strengths?
  5. Where are the gaps? What do we need to do to close a gap?
  6. What are our successes?

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Target groups for this training material
The training material is designed to assist leadership teams in schools and communities to work with each other and with young people and their families to keep young people engaged in education and connected to school. It provide actions for:
  • Schools
  • Young people and their families 
  • Community networks.