Parents and school. Policy recommendations


Researcher Frederik Smit and Ingrid van Engelshoven, The Hague’s Deputy Mayor for Education.

Academic lecture by dr. Frederik Smit about the prevention of early school leaving in the Netherlands.

In the strategy 2020, the European Union recognizes Early School Leaving (ESL) as a major challenge with an aim to reduce it below 10 %. Education researchers and practitioners consider that the role of parents in the prevention of this problem is crucial. Through a range of policies, local authorities can play a key role to better involve parents. PREVENT proposes to share experiences related to the involvement of parents in the prevention of early school leaving.

Early school leaving (ESL) processes have complex and varied causes and the reasons for dropping out of school are individual. However, ESL follows certain patterns that are often linked to socio-economic background: disadvantaged minorities, low education backgrounds in families, poor achievement in education and training, families difficulties involving child participation to family income or taking adult responsibilities such as caring for family members and/or a combination of social, economical, emotional and educational problems putting individuals at risk.


PREVENT proposes an innovative approach, where parents are considered as a key part of the solution to reduce ESL, and cities as driving forces to create synergies, common understanding and develop concrete collaboration between stakeholders.

Where?: ‘House of Europe’, The Hague.
When?: Thursday November 21.

URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme (*) promoting sustainable urban development.

URBACT enables numerous European cities to work together in projects to share and capitalise on experience. Each project focuses on a specific urban issue, such as tapping into the positive potential of young people (MY GENERATION), social housing (SUITE), or taking built heritage into account in urban development (Hero). URBACT enables the development of solutions to urban challenges that other cities can then adapt to their own context.

URBACT: 500 cities, 29 countries and 7,000 active participants.

URBACT is jointly financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and the Member States.

dr. Frederit Smit is senior researcher ‘Education: organisation and policy evaluation’ and coordinator Expertise Centre Parents, Schools and Neighborhoods, ITS, Radboud University Nijmegen.


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