the nordic web ressource on dropout from upper secondary education

The Nordic Web Ressource on Dropout from Upper Secondary Education is a joint Nordic website that presents results from projects and measures aimed at preventing and combating dropout, and including young people in education and work in the Nordic countries.

Good practices to prevent school dropout

Arbeidsinstituttet i Buskerud (Norway) The Work Institute in Buskerud helps young people aged 16-24 who need an alternative to conventional high school. Appreciative Inquiry is AIB’s core value. Appreciative Inquiry is based on the assumption that all organizations and individuals have strengths, and that knowledge of these strengths is the starting point for positive change.

The Olweus Program (International) The Olweus anti-bullying program is implemented in thousands of schools across the world from Europe to the United States and Australia. Being exposed to bullying during those formative years may result in a higher probability of dropping out of high school and cause psychological problems that last well into adulthood.

Unga in (Sweden) The aim of the project Youth in was to reach out to youths aged 16-24 who neither studied, had a job or were registered jobseekers. Approximately 60% of the young people who participated moved on to either work or study.

Hikikomori (Sweden) Project Hikikomori helps young people who isolates themselves at home for extended periods of time and who neither work nor study. The project helps young people overcome isolation and become more involved in the community.

Magelungens hemmasittarprogram (Sweden) Magelungen AB was formed in 1993 as an employee-owned limited liability company to operate treatment work for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Their program for stay-at-home kids (HSP) is a manual-based treatment program to help dropout students back to school.

Andra chansen (Sweden) Second Chance is a permanent program in Uppsala that caters to young people who neither work nor study. With Second Chance, young people get the opportunity to attend high school courses and internships tailored to their individual needs.

Preventing Dropout (Denmark/Sweden) Preventing Dropout was a project with 12 partners from the Öresund region, running from 2011-2014. The aim of the project was to establish cooperation between secondary schools, counsellors and researchers in Sweden and Denmark in order to spread and develop knowledge about how we get more young people to finish a high school education.

Lærlingløftet (Norway) The Apprentice Promise is a joint venture between Norwegian authorities and businesses. In an attempt to recruit more companies to take in apprentices, the Apprentice Promise introduces measures such as information campaigns and financial support.

Klasserumskultur, inklusion og fraværsbekæmpelse (Denmark) Running from 2012-2014, Classroom Culture, Inclusion and Absence Control was a research and development project under the Danish Ministry of Education's development plan for the theoretically oriented high school programs.

Handlingsplaner for øget gennemførelse (Denmark) Since 2008, every year the vocational schools in Denmark have presented the Danish Ministry of Education an action plan for getting increased graduation rates.

Teknikstöd i skolan (Sweden) The project Technology Support at School gave Swedish students with cognitive difficulties the opportunity to try out assistive technology to see if it might help them in their school work.

Ungdomsverkstäder (Finland) The youth workshops in Finland operate to improve young people's skills for studies and work, and to strengthen their social skills and self-confidence.

Samfunnskontrakt for flere læreplasser (Norway) Social Contract For More Apprenticeships is an agreement between the authorities and the Norwegian business world to create more apprenticeships.

Ny GIV (Norway) “Ny GIV” was the Norwegian government's broad, national program to increase the share of students who complete upper secondary education, more specifically vocational training.

Folkhögskolesatsningen (Sweden) The Folk High School Initiative is a succesful and much appreciated government initiative in Sweden. Young people who lack secondary education get the opportunity to attend a three-month education preparatory course at a Folk High School in order to find new inspiration towards future studies.

Ungt fólk til athafna (Iceland) Youth in Activity is an initiative under the Icelandic Social and Welfare Ministry, directed by Vinnumálastófnun (the employment agency) in cooperation with the education sector, civil society and the labour market.

Bättre vardagskunskaper hos unga och ökat deltagande i arbetslivet genom studier (Finland)  Better social skills among young people and increased employment through studies is a national development program in Finland with a focus on reducing dropout of school and education, increased employment among students and support for education and career.

Forsøksprosjekter med rådgiving og individuell oppfølging (Denmark)  Greenland is carrying out a number of pilot projects with various forms of counselling and individual support for students due to high drop out rates. The test projects are part of the national initiative Education Plan 2005-2020.

Satsning mot frafall i videregående opplæring (Norway) The Anti-dropout Programme for Upper Secondary Education is a precursor for Ny GIV, which is the current major campaign against dropout in Norway.

Mestringsprosjektet (Norway) Norway's three northernmost counties have traditionally had a significantly higher dropout rate in upper secondary education than the rest of the country, and generally have a lower level of education than the national average. The Mastery Project is a development project that was completed in the Nordland County of Norway due to those reasons.

Ny GIV - Overgangsprosjektet (Norway) The Transition Project is a subproject of Ny GIV, a national initiative in Norway. The focus of this subproject is the systematic monitoring of students with weak academic performance, low motivation and insufficient qualifications.

Ny GIV - Oppfølgningsprosjektet (Norway) Ny GIV is the largest national effort ever against dropout in secondary education in Norway. The focus of the Follow-up Project is aimed in particular at young people aged 15-21 years who are neither in education or employment.

Ny Nordisk Skole (Denmark) New Nordic School is an initiative that will work toward the Danish Government's goal of reducing dropout and increasing the graduation rate.

Plug In (Sveden) Plug In is Sweden's largest project with a focus on young people at risk of leaving their studies or who have already dropped out of high school.

Ungdomsgarantin (Finland) The Youth Guarantee in Finland was introduced in 2013 and mainly works towards strengthening training capacity and education opportunities for teenagers and young adults.

Skolfam (Sweden) Skolfam is a preventive model designed to enhance school performance of children in foster care. An improved schooling is a powerful measure, a so-called ‘protection factor’, that will help foster care children and youth withstand other challenges, the so-called ‘risk factors’.

This website is a publically funded development project owned by the Nordic Council of Ministers and implemented by the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues in Stockholm. Project manager Jenny Tägtström is responsible for developing the website. She can be contacted at