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INTERNATIONAL PANORAMA. Back to school: prospects in the United Kingdom and Finland
Elina KILPI-JAKONEN, University of Turku, Finland

To remember

  • In the United Kingdom, the lower the level of qualification at the time of early school leaving, the less likely it is that a young person will re-engage in learning.
  • In Finland, students who left the education system before entering upper secondary school were more likely to return to school than those who left the system after beginning upper secondary school. often to training than those leaving during.
  • Finland proposes programmes to prepare students for entry into secondary education by helping them to “learn how to learn”.

SPAIN. Second Chance Schools and the possibility of Euro-mediterranean collaboration
Guillaume THUREAU, Second Chance Schools network, Spain

To remember

  • Second Chance Schools in Spain provide comprehensive support to young people which takes into account health, disabilities, financial resources, etc. 
  • When providing an individualised course of study or training to a young person, it is essential to recognise and value all of their skills (both cognitive and non cognitive) in order to ensure that each person is motivated and able to succeed.
  • Support from new sectors, including new technologies, allow young people to rapidly develop professional skills that are in high demand.

BELGIUM. Accompanying young people who have dropped out of school
Katelijn SCHEVELENBOS, Vormingscentrum Molenbeek, Groep INTRO, Belgium

To remember

  • The initiatives of Groep INTRO are designed to fill in educational gaps by proposing basic learning opportunities as well as citizenship education and activities regarding school and work-place cultures.
  • The programme avoids a “one size fits all” approach. It aims to respect individual rhythms for learning and developing and will only propose that a young person move on to the next step when he or she is ready.
  • Individualised support and many others activities help each young person plan his or her future.

QUÉBEC. Accès à la qualification après une situation de décrochage scolaire
Pierre DORAY, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

À retenir

  • In Quebec, 55% of young people who have dropped out of school never return and 37% alternate between being in and out of school without obtaining their diploma. There is little data to show non-formal pathways for eventually obtaining a diploma.
  • There is a wide variety of educational pathways for obtaining a qualification along with a number of adult education options.   complements adult training. Job placement firms, youth centres and local employment centres provide both training services and placements services.
  • There is a lack of longitudinal data at the individual level that could provide evidence of learning as a lifelong pursuit, rather than a temporary endeavour.