CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, asked E2C to contribute its many years of experience in working with dropouts to the conference. In the field of VET, all over Europe policy and Vet practitioner are currently looking for solutions for extremely high drop-out. Member of E2C Escola de Secunda Oportunidade de Matosinhos / Portugal and Youthreach / Ireland, some schools out of this network are also E2C members presented their approaches in a poster exhibition. Reinhold Schiffers, member ... of the board, gave a much-lauded speech, because of their practical proximity in the field of the many scientific research results.
He starts with these words: It is easy to pick the apples that hang low, Second Chance Education deals with those “apples” which hanging high. pointed to the results of the study of the EU Commission, “Preventing Early School Leaving in Europe – Lessons Learned from Second Chance Education” and closed his speech with this reference: Looking to the goal of European policy reducing early school leaving under 10% we should be bare in mind, that even 10 % remain. 10 of hundred young people we left behind.
Here you find some very useful materials and studies. It will help you in your discussions with policy and administration: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/events-and-projects/projects/early-leaving-education-and-training
A diverting summary of the research results can be found on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIKDbhml0ss
www.cedefop.europa.eu/TEL-toolkit gives very helpful materials for a strength / weakness analysis of your own institution and many very practical tips for improving the work at school.