Evidence shows that when it comes to early school leaving, prevention and intervention programs are more successful when teachers work together in teams. Teachers’ team work means establishing professional communities of teachers, specialized or interdisciplinary, within one institution or cross-institutional, with the aim of working together towards the same aim. Teachers’ team work is an effective strategy to overcome complex pedagogical challenges, such as early school leaving.
Practicing teamwork, teachers have a chance to connect with each other, share ideas, insights, encouragement and mutual support, which is proven to be more effective than working isolated from one another, and a prerequisite to establish an effective school community. Teamwork functions as a learning opportunity, while it also creates a place for peer-support, and sharing resources. Working as a cohesive team is proven to have a positive effect on student success. To ensure that students have the same learning opportunities, teachers have to adapt to the diverse needs of learners. Sharing knowledge and resources makes it possible for teachers to select from a variety of teaching techniques, methods and lesson plans.
Since early school leaving is a complex challenge, and most often a result of a cumulative process with a range of interconnected reasons in the background, working as a team is essential to successfully tackle the problem. Implementing a comprehensive early warning system demands strong engagement from the whole institution, and within the network of diverse stakeholder teachers play an essential role.