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Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jul 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The background for this project is twofold, but in more than one way they are integrated. First, one of the most important challenges in upper secondary school today is reducing the number of so-called "early leavers". The politicians in our area have stated that this is job no 1, and our school has worked continuously to improve the situation for our students. However, this is an international problem, and we have seen that we can learn a lot from schools in other countries, that have worked consistently to establish systems and take measures that they believe will work. Our goal is to learn more about what causes early school leaving, and what the major critical phases and situations are. This, in turn, might contribute positively to the development at our school. We want to send key personnel (leaders, counselors, class teachers) to meetings and seminars in the so-called RECIPE-network, in order to learn more about the experiences other schools have had dealing with this problem. We believe that the project will result in increased awareness in the organization regarding reducing the number of early leavers, and will in turn lead to a positive development at our school. Every drop-out candidate who is encouraged and helped to stay on and complete his or her education, represents a considerable benefit for society, not to mention what it means to the young boy or girl in question. Also, we need to learn more about the situation for immigrant-students, a challenge that is closely related to the question of Early School Leaving.Second, it is necessary for teachers to include new methods in their pedagogical toolbox. The organization of the learning process is changing, and so are the roles. New tools emerge, and some of the new ideas might contribute to a more adapted learning process. Tradition is an important part of the teaching, but we also need new challenges and reflection on what provides the best learning effects for the students. Adapted learning can be an important factor in creating a good learning atmosphere and an eagerness to learn, which again might increase the school completion rate. We want the teaching staff at our school to be updated on what is discussed regarding ICT based learning, and that they constantly reflect on gives added learning value for the students.
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