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Enriching the lower secondary school curriculum
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More freedom, autonomy and power are given to educational teams to offer students diverse choices. Schools may offer more optional courses. This new flexibility allows students to better prepare their plans for further education.

  • The easing of the lower secondary school reform with the decrees of June 16, 2017 and January 9, 2018 helps building the School of Trust.
  • This new stage for lower secondary schools aims to give more freedom, autonomy and power to educational teams, who are familiar with the local situation and student needs.
  • It is an opportunity to enrich the curriculum and offer students diverse choices.

Enrich the curriculum

Between 2014 and 2016 :

  • there was a 30% decrease in classes that allowed the study of two foreign languages
  • there was a decrease of 30,000 students who benefited from instruction in a second foreign language beginning in 6th grade
  • there was a decrease of 20,000 students who studied languages and cultures of Antiquity.

In order to open students to Europe and the world, and to promote the cultural roots of Europe, schools may offer students more optional courses, thus allowing students to help shape their own educational curriculum.

Language classes have been reopened to allow the learning of two foreign or regional languages beginning in 6th grade. Beginning in 7th grade, a new European language and culture curriculum has been created, reinforcing modern language learning, up to two hours at each level.

  • In September 2017, 13 % of lower secondary schools are already considering offering this course.

Starting in 7th grade, students are now able to sign up for up to two hours of language and regional culture.

Beginning in 7th grade, enhanced Latin and Greek coursework will be offered (up to 1 hour in 7th, and up to 3 hours in 8th and 9th grades).

  •  18 % of lower secondary schools had planned to increase the teaching hours of Latin and Greek beginning during the school year 2017-2018;
  • Pascal Charvet, honorary general inspector of National Education, identified the ways of developing languages and cultures of Antiquity at lower secondary school.

The ability to learn a second foreign language beginning in the 7th grade has been maintained for all students.

The enrichment of foreign language courses offers students a more diverse curriculum, and also reinforces the attractiveness of schools that choose to make foreign language study a distinguishing feature of their program.

Building students' future

This new flexibility and diversity of courses allows students to better prepare their plans for further education.
Helping students to build their future requires :

  • continuous, personalized educational support for students
  • the close association of families in student choices
  • information on perspectives in different employment sectors or trades, the jobs of tomorrow and the means of exercising them, with particular emphasis on vocational training through schools or apprenticeships
  • a concrete overview of the professional world through internships or meetings. The upper secondary school assignment procedure via the Affelnet application will be improved to make it more manageable. 

All committed for student's school guidance

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Last updated : nov. 8, 2019

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