Structural Reasons

What can a school/college do if a student…

Which structural changes can the management of a school/college do in order to increase retention?

  • Make structural changes in study options so every student can find something of interest which matches their academic ability
    • More choices than vocational or matriculation exam (for example, short work orientated study programmes)
    • Especially important for students that only have basic general studies qualification because they lack compulsory school diploma
  • Enhance the student support system
    • Make sure that the school has enough student councilors to ensure that students don't have to wait more than 24 hours for an interview if needed
    • Option of an interview with a psychologist or social worker if needed
    • Special support for 'at risk' students with regular meetings with parents
    • Attendance directory so students and parents can be contacted when a student repeatedly misses classes
  • Enhance positive school culture
    • Remember that the students are the heart of the school!
    • Democratic leadership
    • Specific core values for the school
    • Good and open communications
    • Active social life for students and staff
    • Self-evaluation
  • Organise in-school training for teachers and staff on different topics, for example:
    • Diverse teaching methods
    • Diverse methods for assessment and evaluation
    • Teaching students with ADHD
    • Teaching students with dyslexia
    • Class management and behaviour problems
    • How to do action research
    • How to handle student trauma and grief
    • How stress affects our work and what we do about it
  • In-school discussion meetings on what every teacher can do to increase retention
  • Student guidance center: for all problems that may have a negative influence on the study success or attendance of students
    • Example: Student guidance in teacher training of XIOS Belgium

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