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What experiences and lessons from the first day?
Thierry BERTHET, LEST, France

To remember

  • It is proposed that thought be given to a change in semantics that would favour talking about rates of “school completion” rather than “school drop out”. 
  • There needs to be some discussion of compulsory education: should the duration of compulsory schooling be reviewed? Should a dual obligation (age and qualification) be considered?
  • European financing has played a key role in most of the projects that have been presented at the conference.
  • Introducing a sort of “flexicurity” might lead to a school system that is both more flexible and more secure in terms of ensuring that each student is on an educational pathway that works for them.

Early school leaving and labour market: a complex relationship
Florence LEFRESNE, Direction de l'évaluation, de la prospective et de la performance (DEPP), France

To remember

  • Figures for early school leaving rates in various countries are strongly linked to how diplomas are classified, given that “early school leaving” in Europe makes reference to level of qualification. 
  • Among early school leavers, there are many who are employed (half of all school dropouts in Germany, for example): the labour market can represent a pull-factor in the decision to leave school.
  • Some programmes designed to fight early school leaving include a gender dimension, in particular by encouragying young men to pursue education and training in care-giving.