Project: Creative Learning and Education Foundation

Part of the Resilience Programme

The Creative Partnership Programme (CPP) – where teachers and artists teach together – encourages students’ creativity and critical thinking, resulting in a long-term positive impact on their academic performance. Until now, the implementation of CPP has been coordinated by T-Tudok Plc in Hungary. The team entered the Resilience Programme with the goal of creating a new organisation for more targeted and sustainable development, coordination and promotion of CPP, and other educational programmes.

CPP was first introduced in the UK in 2011 and has since spread to more than 14 countries. The methodology of the programme is the “well-functioning classroom” model, in which students begin to take risks and make independent decisions based on free choices. Through CPP, motivation becomes internal, self-confidence increases, the feeling of belonging to a community and flexible thinking become stronger. It works particularly well for children who have difficulty fitting into curriculum-focused public education – including disadvantaged students or students with special educational needs. In addition, both teachers and parents benefit from the programme as they learn different ways of teaching and engaging.

In Hungary, the CPP was first introduced in 2013-14 in Budai-Városkapu Primary School, Pécs. Until 2022, the programme was implemented in 18 schools across 9 cities, and it involved more than 500 students and 90 teachers. In 2020, a new pilot programme was started by T-Tudok in the suburban area of Budapest, in Sebestyén Primary School. The work completed in the first semester was funded from the school’s own resources. The Foundation provided co-funding for the second semester and supported the team while it secured funding for the subsequent years.

Today in Hungary, the CPP and its methodology stand on a solid ground, with years of experience. A core professional team was established, but the circle of partner institutions could be expanded further.

In order to organise, develop and promote the CPP and other programmes in a more effective way, the team applied and successfully participated in the Resilience Programme. The establishment of a new coordinating organisation, separate from T-Tudok Plc. – Creative Learning and Education Foundation (CLEF) – came into focus.

After a series of workshops covering all important aspects and areas of organisational operation, the team prepared its development and implementation plan, which is supported by the Board of Trustees of the Badur Foundation.

The team identified the following organisational and professional goals:

The professional goals include the expansion of partner institutions; the expansion of grades where CPP is applied; and the application of the methodology to kindergartens. The 4 pillars of the methodology are also to be strengthened, these are the Creative Partnership Programme (CPP), the Art of Learning Programme, the Training Portfolio, and the Art Pedagogy.

Regarding the strengthening of the organisation itself, capacity expansion and the development of a communication and fundraising strategy became central to the development plan.

In the first year of implementing the Resilience Programme, the Creative Learning and Education Foundation (CLEF) was established and significant progress was made in organisational development. The team received professional support in the areas of communication, fundraising and organisational management. They launched the new website of the CLEF, which serves to promote CLEF’s programmes and provides up-to-date information about them. As part of the expansion activities, the CPP was introduced in a new school where students of different backgrounds learn together. The Badur Foundation continues to monitor the implementation of the development plan.