Stay Tuned is a network of nine European cities that have each been implementing diverse projects to strategies for tackling Early Leaving from Education and Training (ELET – also known as Early School Leaving).

Working together since 2016, the Stay Tuned cities have been working as one of four "Implementation Networks” within URBACT, the European Union’s learning and exchange programme for cities.

These networks have been designed to support cities in exchanging expertise and knowledge about how to implement their projects more successfully, looking to understand and improve how the implementation of policy works in reality. Stay Tuned has been specifically focussed on projects to reduce ELET, following and supporting these nine cities on their journey to turn their strategies into action at a local level.

Click on the city links below to see more about their Implementation Journeys with Stay Tuned:

A story about working with and changing local conditions, gradually shifting mindsets and expectations through sustained open working and leadership.

Aveiro’s story is one of joint delivery - a virtual project team, working closely together to help young people stay in education.

Barcelona uses data to intervene as early as possible, creating a systematic approach for proactively engaging students.

Berlin initiated a ‘Jugendberufsagentur’ (youth employment agency), embedded new methods that make this agency more effective creating job perspectives for young people who leave school early.

Ghent’s story is one of facilitating change in school contexts, to tackle the risk factors that cause early school leaving in a more effective way. These ‘lessons learned’ are now implemented in a new project, open to all secondary schools in Ghent.

Ghent was lead partner of Stay Tuned

The team from Gothenburg, Sweden have launched a plan to tackle school absenteeism more effectively and at a very early stage. Gothenburg’s story is one of combining the power of big data with a shift in mindset to move from a reactive to a proactive approach.

Nantes’ story is one of a co-creative process. Working collaboratively helped the group to respond to changes, work in new ways and gain new perspectives on their own work and role in the implementation process.

Sofia’s comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities offers a route to continued education and training by responding to the interests and needs of students who are at risk of dropping out.

The project team of Tallinn, Estonia, aimed to tackle a lack of knowledge, skills and resources at schools for the support of students with special educational needs.