Itinerario+: how to “turn the formal education process into a comprehensive and inclusive socio-educational process”.

What kind of educational leadership to assume in times of uncertainty? Under this premise, the debate focused on the round table discussion led by Beatriz PontUNESCO expert on global education policy and reform, equity and school leadership, in which she participated. Angel SerranoThe Director of the Tomillo Foundation, to explain the type of support we provide to young people in vulnerable situations.

The participation took place during the celebration of the international symposium ‘What’s New in Educational Leadership’ organized by the European Foundation Society and Education at the Caixa Forum (Madrid).


The director of Tomillo presented
a unique socio-educational model in Spain, which addresses the needs of young people in a comprehensive manner. “The challenge is to turn a formal education process into a comprehensive and inclusive socio-educational process,” he said.

What is Itinerary+

Itinerario+ is a socio-educational model applied to students in Basic Vocational Training, young people who come to these studies after having been rejected by the traditional education system. The objective of Itinerario+ is to guaranteeing permanence in the educational system of young people who have left the regular system, to generate competence development in young people that will enable them to continue their next stage (academic or professional) with success and provide vocational experiences and professionals that allow them to generate a life plan.

To this end, the importance of establishing, from the point of view of the people responsible for leading the training, processes of welcome and orientation that take into account the reality from which each young person starts out. “It is essential to know one’s own and the family’s backpack,” Serrano said.

“The work of the leaders is fundamental because they are the ones who must make the right decisions, and this involves the decisions taken and the resignations that come with them,” he said. The challenge we are facing right now at the Tomillo Foundation is to get out of the school and work with others,” he added.

“It can be complex to make formal and non-formal education go hand in hand, but it is very important to do so, and to do so, it is essential to work hand in hand with others. To go hand in hand, to open the school. Weaving a network,” he said.

New approaches to educational leadership

Also participating in the session were: Roberto García Montero, Second Chance Schools; Luis González Reyes, FUHEM; Miguel Costa, Empieza por Educar; and Alfonso Aguiló, Arenales Network.

Among the different approaches contributed by the different participants in the session on educational leadership, it was established:

  • the need to incorporate the vision of the context in which the educational process is framed.
  • The importance of extracurricular activities as part of a comprehensive education
  • the participation of all the people involved (teachers, students, families…) as a key element to achieve success.