Scientific Coordinator: Alessandro Tolomelli

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Sector: School

Unibo structure involved: Department of Education Studies "Giovanni Maria Bertin"

Unibo Team: Giovanna Guerzoni e Barbara Giullari

Project Duration in months: 24
Start Date: 01/10/2017 
End Date: 30/09/2019

Budget: euro 188.511,00  
Unibo Budget: 19.450,00 euro

Coordinator: FISSAAJ (BE)

  • Comité Européen de Coordination– CEC (Belgium)
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Associazione (Italy)
  • Fundacio Privada Trinijove (Spain)
  • Fundacio Escoles Parroquials – L’Esperança (Spain)


Although measures to prevent early school leaving exist in most European countries, the percentage of young people leaving school prematurely remains above 10% in 2015.
After experiencing the transfer of good practices and a methodology to fight early leaving school to a European level, we found out that drop-out interventions often tend to focus on the school context and the students themselves, whereas parental, environmental and social actions play such an important role in this process.
The previous ATOMS project pointed out that family factors were not sufficiently taken into account in accompanying dropouts. Therefore, it seemed more than relevant to the consortium of partners (Italy, Spain and Belgium) in logic of continuity, to propose the ATOMS & CO project and this, in order to develop and implement a system of school attachment focused on the inclusion of families.
The transnational partnership aims to:

  • Develop and set up a school attachment system centred on the inclusion of families.
  • Define the needs of families and actors in the field through the development of a state places,
  • Promote synergies between family-school-social assistance actors (assistance to youth, public services, etc.) to reduce the risk of students dropping out of school and / or improve their success,
  • Improve the dialogue with families by making more comprehensible the meaning and the stakes of schooling and the functioning of the school system,
  • Develop a transnational device corresponding to the identified needs, test it and adapt it,
  • Outfit the actors in the field to take into account the family factors in the accompaniment of school dropouts

Through this project, we want to target families (with particular attention to families at risk of dropping out) of pupils aged from 6 to 18 years.
The intellectual productions undertaken by the consortium are to:

  • O1 Realize a state of the art
  • O2 Develop a school-based system that focuses on the inclusion of families,
  • O3 Device learning phase,
  • O4 Test and adapt the device,
  • O5 Disseminate and exploit the results.

 Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union