Preventing Dropout

Lessons from Europe

Paperback / softback, 178 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
1 May 2017
Trentham Books

Price: £23.99

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This book describes an initiative that has proved effective in keeping more young people from dropping out of education, training or employment. The authors present case studies based on in-depth interviews with participants from five widely divergent European countries – the UK, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Ireland – which illustrate the effectiveness of early intervention in young people’s lives. This independently verified study shows the significant personal and economic benefits gained by identifying the groups most vulnerable to dropout early on and then working with them proactively to keep them engaged in education.

  • Christopher Arnold

    Dr Christopher Arnold is an educational psychologist who has worked with vulnerable young people for more than thirty years.

  • Tracey Baker

    Tracey Baker is a Personal Adviser at Connexions Sandwell and has worked on early identification for almost ten years.

  • Chris Latham

    Chris Latham is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and has been a team leader at Connexions Sandwell.

CONTENTS: 1. The phenomenon; 2. International initiatives (by Chris Latham); 3. Developing a local screening tool; 4. Developing interventions; 5. Case Study 1: Jakub, Czech Republic; 6. Case study 2: Alex, England; 7. Case study 3: Viktor, Hungary; 8. Case study 4: Mary, Ireland; 9. Case study 5: Javier, Spain; 10. Outcomes and lessons; References; Index

'The interlinked issues of early school leaving and young people who are not in education, employment or training are key policy concerns across Europe. Arnold and Baker's book makes an important contribution to the literature in this field and is particularly strong in drawing out lessons for both practice and policy.'

Tristram Hooley, Professor of Career Education, University of Derby

'A book full of analysis in breadth and depth, offering tools for analysing risk of dropout and with illustration from programmes in five countries. It stimulates thinking and therefore interventions in an ecological systems perspective, recognizing the "instability" in the lives of some young people as a significant risk factor. Preventing Dropout will make any practitioner think at a more complex, informed level, and prompt policymakers to design supportive contexts that recognize the real difficulties in the lives and families of some young people.'

Carl Parsons, Visiting Professor of Social Inclusion Studies, University of Greenwich

'A compelling read for all professionals and practitioners involved with or supporting young people - providing at one stroke a useful overview of existing support, a practical screening tool developed by staff closest to vulnerable young people, and rich interview data powerfully representing the authentic voices of the young people themselves. Arnold and Baker's research method preserves an important sense of the contextual specificity of both the risk factors and potential responses. A good read – recommended.'

Professor Jenny Bimrose, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick