Project Description

Res Integra
Reducing early school leaving by an integrated approach

A Leonardo da Vinci project 2004–2007

Aims of the Res Integra project: to reduce early school leaving.

  • to improve guidance and counselling at (pre) VET institutes. ·
  • to contribute towards ‘making better use of human resources’ in our ageing society.
  • to use and strengthen already existing knowledge and expertise by sharing and implementing good practice.
  • to prevent youth unemployment
  • to give youngsters with social and emotional and/or learning problems a fair chance to display their capabilities
  • to contribute towards more social cohesion in the EU

The project:
Vocational Education and Training (VET) plays a key role in achieving the Lisbon ambitions to make Europe the most dynamic and competitive region in the world with greater social cohesion. The roadmap to Lisbon has many obstacles but the problem of early school leaving has proven to be an extremely persistent one.

The Res Integra project is delivering a contribution towards the reduction of early school leaving by exchanging good practices between approximately twenty VET institutes from six countries.
The approach: The selection of good practice is based on three different ‘angles of incidence’.

  1. Integrated approach: concerning co-operation with other actors not primarily from within the education system. Special attention will be given to the integration of youth care. Pedagogical learning environment.
    2. Alternative didactical approaches.

The good practices of the participating VET institutes are subdivided in accordance with these angles of incidence. By incorporating elements from their counterparts abroad into their own practice,  each of them is able to improve their own methodologies. The incorporation of new elements from abroad will be monitored by the foreign partners, where the idea comes from. This methodology not only offers an enrichment to every good practice, but realises a teacher exchange and an international teacher cooperation at the same time.


The final results are at least three proven, effective approaches to reducing early school leaving that are suitable for implementation in other environments, based on the angles of incidence mentioned above.
Co-ordinating institute:
Bve Raad
Manfred Polzin
Senior Consultant on International Affairs
Henrica van Erpweg 2
NL – 3730 AD De Bilt
Phone: +31(0)30 2219864
Fax: +31(0)30 2202506

Project evaluation: 
BFI – Steiermark, Austria
Contact: Michael Schwaiger

Sub contractor:
Van Montfoort BV, Netherlands
Contact: Joost van de Braak         


NUOV, Czech Republic
contact: Libor Berny

TeSe, Denmarkcontact: Louise Rosthøj

Académie de Rennes, France
contact: James Brossard

OEEK, Greece
contact: Loukas Zahilas

Association of Colleges (AOC)
contact: Maggie Scott

2004-07: Leonardo Pilot:

“Res Integra – reducing early school leaving by an integrated approach”.

The aim is to focus on the improvement of guidance methodologies and ways to make learning more attractive to fulfil the social task of the VET-colleges and to prevent early school leaving. Possibilities will be explored to integrate social youth work into the guidance at the colleges. There are 21 partners in the project from VET-colleges, universities and organisations in AT, CZ, DK, FR, GR, NL, and UK. BVE Raad in NL is the co-ordinator. A website is on its way and a brochure will soon be available on the EFVET website.

Louise Rosthøj, EFVET-DK

Involved Institutes:

Czech Republic:
Integrovaná støední škola hotelového provozu
Støedni odborná škola,
Støední odborné uèilištì,
Uèilištì a Praktická škola
Støední odborná škola,
Støední odborné uèilištì,
Uèilištì-  LTI

EUC Lolland
Pile Mølle Ishøj
Danish Center for Youth Research, Denmark


Collège Chateaubriand
Lycée Ker Siam
Lycée Coëtlogon



Albeda College
Alfa College
OPDC de Wilgenborgh
ROC West Brabant

United Kingdom: 
Henley College
St. Helens College
Walsall College
University of Nottingham