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The Stop Dropout project helps the school counsellors and psychologists to prevent early drop outs at vocational schools in the Czech Republic, German, Austria and Slovenia
The overall objective of the project is to reduce the drop out rates of learners in vocational education and training, by providing materials and tools for teachers and trainers to develop their own skills in working with groups, to detect potential dropouts and the special characteristics of learners’ groups, provide support adjusted to individual needs, and thereby improve the quality of their vocational education systems.
The PPS project (www.p-p-s.org) focuses on finding at-risk individuals, evaluating their needs and providing them with flexible support. It consists of three tools that counselors and administrators can use at various school levels, educational centres and other institutions. The tools are based on a holistic approach with the focus on the individual and his/her future opportunities and can be used sequentially or separately.
The PPS project has received the Best Practice Guidance Award at the Leonardo da Vinci Thematic Monotoring Conference in 2007. In our Transfer of Innovation project, we transfer the results of this project into Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, and to Slovenia, and to produce country specific versions of the tools.
The Flexible Prevention and Support System prevents young people from dropping out of school and assists those that have already dropped out. It is a framework for counsellors and other professionals working with young learners and is based on individual needs and provides suitable support within various communities. The cooperation is based on working on individual basis and finding suitable solutions for each individual involved.
TRANSFER OF INNOVATION FROM ICELAND AND NORWAY
The Personal Profile, an interview schema for counsellors designed to systematically assist at-risk individuals to examine their strengths and weaknesses and learning environment so they can define their needs in order to better fulfil their educational and personal goals.
The Risk Detector, an interactive electronic tool designed for counsellors to identify individuals at risk of school failure and dropping out. The technique is designed to evaluate students’ strengths and weaknesses that are considered important in the learning environment to assess not only the risk of school failure but also what type of support is most suitable for different groups of students.
THE THREE MAIN TOOLS ARE:
WHY SHOULD YOU GET INVOLVED?
1. It helps you to identify students who are mostly at risk at an early stage
2. It guides you through a practical interviewing model which might be useful in every conversation between a student and a teacher/counsellor
3. It presents ways how to increase the effectiveness of the counselling throug networking and multilevel support
4. It provides you with a tool which has been succesfully implemented in several countries
TARGET GROUP: SCHOOL COUNSELLORS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.