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Transition between different levels of education might be a challenging period for many students, however, the process of adaptation can be facilitated by providing specific support. Some students may be increasingly affected by the difficulties of transition, which might result in alienation, disengagement, decline in their motivation, or other risk factors that increase the possibility of early school leaving. Supportive measures should start from the very beginning of entering the education system, as well as in the transition period from primary to lower-secondary, and from lower to upper-secondary education. Offering complex support by engaging multiple stakeholders, such as teachers, families and guidance practitioners, and providing flexible learning pathways are effective strategies to tackle the difficulties that arise from having to adapt to a new school environment. Close institutional cooperation (e.g. between primary and secondary schools),targeted policies and measures at a system level are essential to provide necessary support.

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