Committee on Culture and Education – Study requested by CULT Committee, commissioned and managed by the Policy Department – “How to tackle early school leaving in the EU” – Presentation by Amber van der Graaf, Panteia
Brussels, 20 February 2019
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This study is a concise update on early school leaving in the EU. It reviews the main developments and causes of the problem since the Council Recommendation of 2011 on policies to reduce early school leaving, and identifies policy initiatives taken by the Member States to address it. The study explores the interplay between early school leaving and public investment, and in conclusion outlines recommendations for addressing future challenges.

A presentation of the study took place on 20 February 2019 and focused on the following issues:

  • Main developments observed over the last 7 years and causes of the changes occurred;
  • Drivers of early school leaving in the EU and policy interventions;
  • Relation between public investment in education systems and early school leaving;
  • Potential future developments and recommendations.

The debate that followed the expert’s presentation referred to, among others:

  • Reasons as to why some of the top performances came from EU countries who were among the most affected by the financial crisis;
  • Gender approach on the issue of early school leaving;
  • Impact of migration on early school leaving rate, especially in the case of Sweden;
  • Interactions between early school leaving rate and funding programmes of the EU in the fields of youth and education.


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Watch video of the event (with multilingual interpretation):

Further reading: Research for CULT Committee: How to tackle early school leaving in the EU

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