Tackle is the collection of tools necessary to complete a task as well as the verb to mean the determined effort to deal with a complex problem.

The project

Tackle is the collection of tools necessary to complete a task as well as the verb to mean the determined effort to deal with a complex problem. The TACKLE project does both of these:

It provides a digital toolbox for schools to tackle Early School Leaving and disadvantage through guidance. The digital tools will support schools in evaluating their services and work to assure that, despite the additional pressures on schools within the Covid-19 crisis, they are prepared to tackle disadvantage and early school leaving. The pathways to education, training or access to the labor market by young people who are finishing school and young people in school who are at risk of Early Leaving, must be accompanied with quality guidance services because many connections have been broken because of the current Covid-19 crisis.


According to Eurostat, the proportion of early leavers from education and training in the EU in 2019 ranged from 3.0 % in Croatia to 17.3 % in Spain . In the TACKLE partnership countries great progress has been made in reducing Early School Leaving and meeting the 2020 benchmark goal. In 2010 the proportion of early leavers in Spain, Italy and Greece was 28.6%,18.2%, and 13.5% respectively compared with 17.3%, 13.5% and 4.1% in 2019. A 2010 Cedefop report by its ESL ambassadors altered that marginalized and vulnerable learners especially are more at risk for disengaging and dropping out and that actions are needed to support students and schools so that the progress made prior to the Covid-19 pandemic in the early leaving from education and training should be sustained and strengthened. As a result of the Covid-19 crisis in Europe, the need for guidance services, monitoring and support in schools for their students is even more urgent. According to a June 2020 study by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the challenges for guidance in times of Coronavirus have been and will be to continue to offer support and follow-up with students and their families despite the conditions and the needed digitalized of guidance and the increase of access to guidance resources overall.


The objective of this project is to develop digital evaluation tools for Secondary schools to self-evaluate their academic and career guidance program, to develop an academic and career guidance plan to tackle new challenges and offer an online training module for teachers, guidance practitioners to work with the TACKLE Toolbox and to support teachers in their role to support students, with digital tools and resources, in this unprecedented time.


  • 1 online school guidance diagnostic Checklist
  • 1 Guidance Action Plan and Resources creator
  • 1 Training Module for teachers, guidance practitioners and other educators
  • 3 contexts – Spain, Italy, Greece
  • 5 partner organisations
  • 75 schools participating in the Pilot Action of the Toolbox
  • 65 teachers and guidance practitioners trained in the Pilot of the TACKLE Training Module
  • 45 participants in the multiplier event of the project
  • A total of at least 200 education professionals participating in the project activities to develop the intellectual outputs


The methodologies that will be used to develop these tools and achieve the planned results are participatory – involving the professionals on the groups in secondary schools as well as the broader school -business community through focus groups or an expert review and validation process.


The desired impact of the TACKLE project is for the schools using the TACKLE toolbox to provide career education and guidance activities that support transitions to further education, training and work from Secondary Schools and to tackle Early School Leaving with a coherent and school community-wide guidance action plan implemented by trained professionals. The current coronavirus crisis makes more urgent the need to ensure that schools and educators continue and strengthen their academic and professional guidance plans and resources in support of the transitions, decision-making and pathways of their students, but the need for these tools does not end with the pandemic. The TACKLE toolbox will relevant for schools to employ beyond the pandemic and to strategically implement guidance actions, be guiding schools, that tackle the complexities and supporting their students on their education and training pathways.


D’EP Institut (Spain)

D’EP Institut is specialized in social research, marketing and strategy consulting with more than 15 years of experience in the field of education, training and the world of work. In 1998 D’EP Institut started EDUCAWEB (www.educaweb.com) – the most important Spanish website devoted to educational and career guidance and information. The main subjects of expertise of D’EP Institut are: Education, Training, and Employment. D’EP Institut has broad experience in the field and has done more than 100 research, projects focused on ICT guidance and skills, consultancy projects related to the training of adults, the needs of students, workers and job seekers in the ambit of formal and informal learning and other studies related to lifelong learning in general.



Centro Studi Pluriversum is an Italian private company, engaged in the field of career education and career counselling, which has planned, provided services and managed projects within the PES, guidance and education system in Italy and within European projects for more than 15 years.


Ison Psychometrica (Greece) 

ISON Psychometrica was founded in 1991 as the evolution of the first company offering Applied Psychology services in Greece. Its work groups consist of scientists specialized in various fields of Psychology, Counseling, Marketing, Information Technology and Business Administration, with significant experience in Greece and abroad. Exclusive collaborations with internationally recognized organizations permit ISON to balance and use in Greece the most up-to-date tools for observing, predicting and understanding human behavior, personality, as well as individual and group capabilities.


Iskra Desenvolupament SCCL (Spain)

Iskra Desenvolupament SCCL is a web software development consultancy, founded in 2011 in Barcelona. With a workforce of 19 engineers develops complex digital products, especially CMS and knowledge based systems.


Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona (Spain)

Barcelona Education Consortium is the body set up jointly by the Government of Catalonia and Barcelona City Council de Barcelona to enable these authorities to manage education in the city of Barcelona. The Barcelona Education Consortium’s mission is to advance towards integrated management of education in the city under the principles of proximity and efficacy, with the overall aim of improving levels of excellence and equity. The consortium is committed to education that is inclusive, embraces innovation and promotes networking by increasing autonomy and optimising public resources. Barcelona Education Consortium is the sole interlocutor with state and subsidised private schools in the city, and the one- stop administrative window to attend to the needs of families as regards education.


The TACKLE Toolbox

The TACKLE Checklist is a digital self-evaluation and diagnostic tool for Secondary schools so that as a school they can evaluate the guidance services they provide to their students and how they are supporting them, especially in this very challenging context, often at a distance.

TACKLE Guidance Action Plan and Resource: An Action Plan to create a quality School Guidance connecting schools with resources and recommendations. The Guidance Action Plan and Resource is a key support once the Secondary Schools complete the TACKLE Checklist and receive their diagnostic evaluation report – this tool will accompany them as they plan the next steps – in the short, medium and long term.

TACKLE training module: The TACKLE team will analyze the anonymized data of the TACKLE Checklist back office to diagnose the state of guidance and support in schools in the current complex context. From this analysis they will develop a TACKLE Training Module for Secondary teachers, educators and guidance practitioners in the best practices of providing support and guidance
to students and their families, with special attention to supporting students through transitions and choices of pathways.