Social Renewal Operational Programme (TÁMOP) 3.1.1.:

21st Century School Education

(Development and Coordination)

2nd Phase


Financed from Hungarian State Budget and European Structural Funds (€ 28M)

Coordinator: Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development (OFI)

Partners: Educational Authority, Educatio Non-profit Ltd.

Project duration: 30 months

OFI’s role - as project-coordinator - is particularly oriented to research and development activities aimed at enhancing the efficiency and quality of education, the school system and the sectoral governance of school education.


The second Phase of the TÁMOP 3.1.1. ‘21st Century School Education’ program consists of 5 sub-projects:

First sub-project – content development in three areas – based on research

  • The first topic is a development of content regulations
  • The second topic is the development of standards of content requirements and the support of their implementation
  • The third topic is research and development of the accreditation of textbook and teaching materials, and the training and preparation of professionals

Second sub-project – development of the institutional system of pedagogical services – based on research

  • the first research identifies the new needs in educational services through an analysis of the teachers’ role in the 21st century and the changes in the professional knowledge of teachers
  • the second research analyses the network of institutions, the tasks of the professional services and explores the opinion and the expectations of the stakeholders
  • the third research analyses the economic and financial environment of professional service systems in order to find economically effective operation alternatives

Third sub-project – developing education, and the implementation of complex pilot programs

  • planning a system of curricular, extra-curricular and extra-mural activities
  • collection and analyses of national and international good practices
  • implementing pilot projects on all-day schools, art programmes, science in everyday school activities, and second chance programmes for early school leavers

Fourth sub-project – Providing research based developmental support for the public educational sector in decision-making and governance with special emphasis on:

  • recent changes made in the maintenance of public education and funding
  • new measures making kindergarten mandatory
  • secondary education pathways
  • equity related professional development
  • internal factors shaping the educational role of the school
  • quality and effectiveness of public education

Fifth sub-project – Impact assessment and evaluation of earlier developments and large-scale projects in order to explore patterns, impacts and to inform policy-makers regarding:

  • talent development
  • compensatory education
  • vocational school development programmes
  • in-service teacher-training

A selection from the results of the projects are also available in English:

One of the main tasks of the Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development is to undertake research, mainly applied, supporting educational policy making and to assess the impact of earlier policy decisions. Hungary has introduced major changes in educational policy since 2010. Behind these changes stand, on the one hand, the social policy goal of strengthening the middle class, and on the other hand, the work-based economic policy that came out of Hungary’s unique way of managing the impact of the 2008 global economic crisis through such means as the bank levy and state support for production capacities. The direction and depth of these changes have been greatly influenced by the fact that Hungary’s school age population has been steadily declining for two decades, and the rate of disadvantaged children within the student population has been increasing.



LELLE, but not at Lake Balaton!

The project partners – universities, researchers and developers, teachers of secondary schools – work together by the leadership of the Pannon University. Their aim is to contribute to the development of the secondary school students’ learning skills, necessary to successful work in the 21st century.
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Student activity in the 21st century

The Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development organised an Erasmus+ KA2 project workshop conference on the 30th Aug 2018 called ’Student Voice – The bridge to learning’. The conference was held at The Hunfalvy János Bilingual Secondary Vocational School of Economics and Trade of BGSZC.
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Student Voice - Workshop for Hungarian partner schools

The third workshop organized for the Hungarian partner schools of the Erasmus+ Student Voice – Bridge to Learning project came to pass on the 28th of June.artner schools of the Erasmus+ Student Voice – Bridge to Learning project came to pass on the 28th of June.
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Student Voice - Workshop for Partner Schools

The first workshop organized for the partner schools was held on 7th March 2017 at EKU- HIERD (Eszterházy Károly University Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development) covered the following topic: Student voice and the student-focused learning.
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Student Voice project meeting - Dublin

The second Student Voice project meeting was held in Dublin, Ireland on 18-19th January with the participation of the five partner institutions from Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, Slovenia, and The Netherlands. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare evaluation tools at national and transnational level and plan further steps of the project.
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ERASMUS+ Student Voice – The Bridge to Learning has launched

Representatives of the Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development (HIERD) Lucia Kákonyi, manager of the Student Voice – The Bridge to Learning project in Hungary, and Gábor Rózsa, IT expert, took part in the first project partnership meeting of the ERASMUS+ Student Voice project which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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