Cross-sectoral cooperation means to engage multiple stakeholders, create an alliance of different individuals, organizations and sectors with diverse perspectives and resources to address complex challenges more effectively. Early school leaving is usually the result of a cumulative process with complex causes behind, thus, strategies to tackle it have to address a range of challenges.
Schools by themselves are not able to solve problems with serious social, economic, health or psychological roots. Although providing support at the school level for students at risk of early school leaving is essential, using only pedagogical tools is not sufficient to provide a support system that is able to react to the complex and interconnected causes. Cross-sectoral cooperation means that other sectors, such as health care, social, employment, sport, etc. cooperate, and work together to prevent early school leaving and support students at risk. Research shows that diverse sectors working together with a common strategy towards the same goal can make a much larger difference than working separately.