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The School of Trust Law sets out rules on everyday life and ensures they are followed. The Ministry of National Education and Youth is reinforcing the public policy of combating bullying in schools, developing an ambitious action plan with ten new measures.

  • Respect for others is a fundamental value of our Republic. To this effect, the School of Trust imparts rules of community life and ensures they are respected.
  • The Ministry of Education and Youth strengthens public policy to combat bullying among pupils by implementing an ambitious action plan consisting of ten new measures.
  • Combating all forms of discrimination and bullying are priorities. The Education G7, presided by France, which was held on 4 July, led to the adoption of a text that positions the fight against bullying as an international stake.

Fight against bullying

The ministry is fully committed to eradicating bullying in schools. In a 2017 survey by the Direction de l'évaluation, de la prospective et de la performance (DEPP - Directorate of Evaluation, Prospects and Performance), 7 % of lower secondary pupils stated that they suffered cyberbullying. It affects girls more (8 % compared to 6 % for boys) and pupils in Grade 9.

77,742 requests were received by the No-to-Bullying number 30 20, including 2,176 reports submitted to the academic advisers 2. A slight decrease of the phenomenon (- 5.6 %) has been observed, but new technologies accentuate the abuse.

Thus, banning mobile phone use within lower secondary schools is fundamental.

The principle of schooling without bullying entered the Education Code upon adoption of the Law for a School of Trust.

Law For a School of Trust
Article 5 : "No pupil should suffer, from other pupils, acts of bullying aimed at or that poorly affect a pupil's learning conditions, that might undermine a pupil's rights and dignity or affect a pupil's physical or mental health."

The text offers a solid foundation for combating bullying. Several concrete measures have been taken :

  • generalisation of anti-bullying ambassadors in all lower secondary schools
  • dedicated number 3020
  • anti-bullying campaign.

In this 2019-2020 year, the efforts initiated will be boosted :

  • endow schools and institutions with a prevention plan and a plan to combat bullying among pupils. Testing in eight school districts in 2020
  • support schools and institutions encountering complex situations by creating a departmental intervention network that can be mobilised by the institutions to combat bullying situations and to initiate prevention actions
  • provide schools and institutions with resources with the help of a national committee of experts.

On 7 November 2019, the national anti-bullying day will be held. It will highlight the positive group dynamics that help provide active support to victims and relieve their isolation.

Promote equality between girls and boys

In 2019, the Ministry of Education and Youth is enhancing its action thanks to the new Convention interministérielle pour l'égalité entre les filles et les garçons, les femmes et les hommes dans le système éducatif, (Inter-ministerial Agreement for Equality between Girls and Boys, Men and Women in the Educational System), signed for the 2019-2024 period by all ministries with educational political responsibility.

The Agreement associates all stakeholders of the educational system while formulating the stakes for schools :

  • steering of the equality policy
  • staff training, education on mutual respect
  • combating sexist and sexual abuse
  • guidance support.

It establishes a common base for the action of the "equality" advisers appointed since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year in all secondary schools.

Combat LGBT phobia

The 2018-2019 year was marked by the launch of a LGBT-phobia prevention campaign in schools "Tous égaux, tous alliés" (All equal, all supporters). The educational community was provided with new tools - posters, flyers, support guides, counselling service, videos - with the ambition of making each secondary school a safe and inclusive environment.

In 2019-2020, the ministry will rely on the 2019-2022 Plan national d'actions contre la haine et les discriminations anti-LGBTQI (National Action Plan Against Anti-LGBTQI Hatred and Discrimination) led by DILCRAH (the inter-ministerial delegation to fight against racism, anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT hatred) to enhance its action.

The fight against homophobia requires the reinforcement of staff training, production of teaching resources, raising awareness of pupils elected in secondary school boards, support for associations. The ministry encourages initiatives - which are increasing - aimed at making 17 May the World Day for the fight against homophobia and transphobia, a time for solidarity with the LGBT youth.

Combating racism and anti-semitism

A national intervention team, included in the National Plan to Combat Racism and Anti-Semitism 2018-2020, now provides operational support to the Republic Values academic teams. Under the authority of chief education officer, the teams' mission is to prevent and address infringements on the principle of secularism, as well as demonstrations of racism and anti-Semitism.

Additionally, the staff has a national referral address to report any cases of racism and anti-Semitism.

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Last updated : nov. 8, 2019

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