A systemic approach to preventing school failure aims to identify and overcome institutional barriers at all levels that might cause school failure. In doing so, it promotes an inclusive ecosystem that ensures both equity and excellence.
An inclusive ecosystem is comprised of four inter-related system levels:
- The micro-system includes whole-school approaches and learner-centred practices that can increase school attendance and engagement.
- The meso-system encompasses school-level interactions that can help to tackle school failure.
- The exo-system focuses on local community actions that can contribute to preventing school failure.
- The macro-system represents national/regional actions for preventing school failure and promoting inclusiveness.
All four system levels are inter-related and inter-dependent. Thus, any effort to change one element of a system must consider the impact on the others.
Project findings and outputs from the Preventing School Failure project can be found in the project web area.