Early school leaving (ESL) is broadly defined as the phenomenon of young people leaving formal education before they have successfully completed upper-secondary schooling. The European Union has identified reducing ESL as a priority for action and set a goal of reducing ESL to 10% across all member states by 2020. Learners with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are among those who are at particular risk of ESL.
The ‘Raising the Achievement of All Learners in Inclusive Education’ project (2014–2017) will conclude with a conference on 5–7 April 2017 in Malta, under the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The results of the External Audit of the Icelandic System for Inclusive Education (Úttekt á framkvæmd stefnu um menntun án aðgreiningar á Íslandi) were launched in Reykjavík on 2 March 2017.