The programme that halved one college’s drop-out rate

The early period of the academic year is all too often a wasteland of potential – a time when college rolls can be decimated by drop-outs. But Mo Dixon’s college has put a support plan in place that has turned things around

The programme that halved a college drop-out rate

Each year, thousands of FE students drop out of college within the first 42 days. And they tend to be the most vulnerable students, such as those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our college was no different – in 2016, the drop-out rate in the first 42 days was 10 per cent. Despite robust measures already being in place, we knew we had to do more, so we devised a new approach to address the issue: a risk-based, student-centred programme. The 42 Day Project allows the college’s student-support team to react quickly if any students are starting to “wobble”. Here’s how it works.

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