The CroCoos Toolkit is a collection of practical solutions aiming at the prevention of dropping out. Please study the detailed  Guidelines before using the tools on institutional level. 

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Building rapport

Building rapport is the first step in supporting students at risk, to develop a helping relationship with them, to realize helping discussions and to achieve results in their personal development.


Physical or emotional bullying, on site or virtual harassment is one of the distress signals that may indicate the danger of students dropping out. Identification of this signal is not always easy as actions rarely take place in class or in the presence of teachers, adults. Therefore this tool is aiming at getting information from students.

Communication basics – Teacher mentoring student

Effective communication between teachers and students means more than just talking to each other. It involves constant development of trusting relationships and special conversation and listening skills, giving appropriate constructive feedback, being aware of our own nonverbal language. It is also based on well-established role and relationship boundaries.

Cooperating partners in supporting and keeping at risk students

How to make social map that is how to collect possible partners from out of school in order to support jointly at risk student.

Creating a classroom code of conduct

Procedure for formulating a code of conduct in the classroom.

Cross-sectoral cooperation – mapping up partnerships, building cooperation

Preventing early school leaving and leading back students to education is not only a task of the school. For a complex solution the mapping of peer-professions is necessary. Beyond formal institutions NGO-s, formal and informal groups could also be involved and contributed. Collection of information is a continuous process; while cooperation has to be based on the actual needs.

Effective Communication Strategies for Teachers/Mentors

Appropriate communication strategies are consciously and cautiously planned, adapted and chosen along the communicator’s aims, the other person perceived needs and the circumstances. The communication has verbal or written forms and adjoining non-verbal communication signs, with rules and steps of the communication strategy.

Following absenteeism

Absenteeism is one of the distress signals that indicates that students are at risk and are potential drop outs. The tool helps to register the number of classes missed by individual students and to select the students with most missed classes on school level.

Getting to know the student in a complex way – data collection

Data collection is the first step of the process aimed at the personal development of the student and also of the setting up of the personal development plan. The data collection should be done with great discretion. It is a process perceiving and understanding the student from various aspects, collecting, systematizing the data collected.

Helping discussion

Helping discussion with students is one of the key elements of person development process. The main aim is to support students individually in finding their own answers to their difficulties in their life and learning. But how will be a discussion helping?

How to raise student's interest?

Things we need to know about the interest of young people and how we can develop it.

IAMTool - Tool for effective and efficient communication

The IAMTool models the improvement of communication through structured preparing a meeting wherein a subject will be tackled.

Make one step forward – group exercise

The exercise can be used in any class or in any student group or in team building process for the following purposes: getting to know and understand the students/team members; developing empathy for other people; building group cohesion; developing the feeling of acceptance and understanding in the group; recognizing and understanding the reasons for deviated and/or extreme behavior; to help understand the personal consequences of being a member of a minority or a subcultural group.

Managing team meetings

Meetings of the team are essential part of good team work. This is the opportunity when members can share their successes and difficulties with each other, when possible conflicts can be handled and important decisions are made.

No lose conflict solving

The no-lose problem solving is based on the philosophy, which assumes that in a conflict it is possible for both sides to have their needs met. It usually needs creativity for finding a new solution matching both sides, and/or to apply certain communication methods.

Non-judgemental behaviour

Non-judgemental behaviour is a way of accepting people with whom we disagree. It happens when someone adopts a non-judgmental attitude while not reflecting own biases and this attitude pervades all his/her interactions. Most of the time this means that we look at what was said instead of who said it.

Partners’ Roundtable

Many assistance oriented institutions and organizations deal with the problems of families or children at the same time. The parallel demands are rarely joined up, require higher energy input and have inefficient impact. The school can increase its resources for the interests of the children concerned, involving the organizations and representatives of institutions working around the school.

Person-centred profile

A Person centred profile is a short introduction to a student, which captures key information that gives the team an understanding of the student and how best to support him/her. The profile records specific detailed statements. A student may have more than one profile depending on the purpose of the profile. He/she may have one which identifies what the team needs to know about the student when at home but another for what he/she is doing in his/her spare time etc.

Points of view

It is a way to observe, follow and identify distress signals connected to behaviour as soon as possible.

Selecting team members

Teams are to be built, they do not grow freely. The first activity in team building is to select the appropriate number and type of people for the job.

Setting up a Personal Development Plan (PDP)

Compilation of a Personal Development Plan is a planning process, in the course of which the professionals develop the student, and the student is also made concerned during it. This is one of the basic theories and basic conditions of the successful development. There is more chance for a change and successful learning if the student is aware of what is going to happen to him/her, what he/she is expected to do, and what he/she can expect from the others around him/her. Planning the evaluation o

Steps of the case discussion

Purpose of a case discussion: Reviewing, together with the team members, the problems related to the planning procedure of the supporting activity and case management, and also that the team could contribute to the interpretation of the personal feelings of the case-deliverer and facilitate a creative solution to the problem. The case discussion is about the case itself, that is it is all about the student in a complex way (including the individual, his/her family, the society around him/her), a


Short storytelling movies with early school leavers and students who had attended second chance schools or programmes. Beliefs, imaginations, opinions, stereotypes about early school leavers and student attitudes to their own situation in school can be revealed by talking about the movie.

The actors, elements and system of student’s support

It is the way and attitude how we organize to support of students at risk.

Tool for screening risk of dropout

This tool should be used by teachers and schools in the process of identifying and monitoring students at risk of dropping out.

Weekly group discussion instead of form master class

Weekly group discussion is a way to observe and identify distress signals connected to behaviour as soon as possible.

Well targeted data collection to prevent dropout

The present tool describes the most important data that supposed to be gathered specifically as part of a dropout prevention activity. Collecting data is a process that goes along the student’s school career from his or her entry till his or her graduation or dropout or shift to another school. The following short introduction will show some reasons why to collect and monitor data in the school.

Wish my teacher knew…

This tool should be used for teachers to meet the students and in developing trust and understanding between teacher and student.

ESLplus - European Learning Space on Early School Leaving

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