Project Title:       Early School-Leaving and Second-Chance Education

Project Number:   530901 LLP-1-2012-1-IEKA4- KA4MP

esseThe ESSE Project aims to support “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth through the reduction in rates of early school-leaving” across Europe.

With all member states working towards the target of less than 10% early school leaving by the year 2020 in these very challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to facilitate the sharing of best practice across Europe.

The main objectives of the ESSE Project therefore are to identify, assess and validate best practice models for prevention, intervention and compensation in relation to early school-leaving. These best practice models are now shared on the ESSE Observatory; an online space designed for this purpose. There has been a focus on recycling best practice methodologies and philosophies with a view to learning from what has been tried and tested. Finally, the project culminated in the first ESSE Annual Awards at the end of 2014. This provided a platform for recognising the excellent work that is already happening in the education sector with regards to tackling this all important issue.

The consortium working to achieve these objectives and outcomes brings together 8 teams from 7 European countries (Ireland, Poland, Spain, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal and Romania) in a collaborative research and dissemination process. All partners have been engaged at the cutting edge of addressing the issue of early school-leaving through the development of specific prevention, intervention or compensation measures in pursuit of their wider organisational goals.

The project consortium is made up of the following organisations:


Partner 1 LMETB Ireland
Partner 2 AcrossLimits Malta
Partner 3 AESD Romania
Partner 4 PROFISOUSA Portugal
Partner 5 University of Lodz Poland
Partner 6 IFI Spain
Partner 7 JKC Lithuania
Partner 8 FIPL Ireland


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Join the growing network of education managers, education professionals and support workers by registering with the ESSE Observatory today. Play your part in addressing early school-leaving by interacting with your fellow education professionals throughout Europe on this dedicated online channel and enjoy access to best practice tools and resources to support you in your work.

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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.