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Wednesday plan and education cities : enhance out-of-school times
[anglais] Key policies - Jean-Michel Blanquer - 27/09/2019

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Launched at the start of the 2018 school year, the "Wednesday plan" gave support to local authorities that wanted to offer a quality educational project on Wednesdays. 4,306 municipalities now have a "Wednesday plan" and 2,000 more will sign up in 2019-2020.

THE ESSENTIALS 
  • Launched at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, the Wednesday Plan has helped support local authorities who wish to offer a quality educational approach on Wednesdays. 4,306 communes are endowed with a Wednesday Plan. During the 2019-2020 year, 2,000 additional Wednesday Plans will be signed.
  • Announced in May 2019, Cités éducatives (Education Cities) make schools the linchpin of the education offered to pupils beyond school times in priority neighbourhoods in the city.
  • The Wednesday Plan like the Education Cities serve the same objective : give all children quality educational content beyond school times.

Deployment of the Wednesday plan

On 20 June 2018, the Education and Youth Minister proposed the Wednesday Plan to local authorities that so wish. Organised around sport, the arts and culture, the Wednesday Plan allows local authorities to obtain aid from the caisse d'allocations familiales (CAF - family allowance fund) to impart quality educational content to pupils beyond school times.

2,186 Wednesday Plans have been approved between departments of the State, CAF and 4,306 communes counting 2 million children enrolled in pre-primary and primary schools.
The Wednesday Plan translates to access to quality practices in the fields of art (92 % of the signed plans offer this element), science (57 %), the environment (85 %), citizenship (77 %) and sport (90 %).

100,000 additional places will be opened next year, i.e. a total of 500,000, which will bring the number plans signed in 2020 to 4,000.

Education cities : the school a key player in vulnerable regions

Announced by the President of the French Republic within the framework of the national mobilisation for the inhabitants of priority neighbourhoods in July 2018, the Education Cities label aims to combat unfortunate inequalities by using the School as a rallying point for all players who work on the out-of-school education of children and youth, aged between 3 and 25, from early childhood to career integration.

A federation of all players engaged in the education issue

80 regions have been deemed eligible for the label. They consist of large social housing neighbourhoods with over 5,000 inhabitants, with academic stakes (REP and REP+ education zones) or marked safety stakes (ZSP education zones), and which present major urban dysfunctions (new national programme for urban renewal).
The eligible regions that wish to constitute themselves as an Education City have submitted a file. Their selection and the means allocated by the State are granted starting from the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The label has three major objectives :

  • to organise educational continuity between school and out-of-school times
  • to bolster the school's role in monitoring youth's out-of-school times
  • to diversify educational approaches for the youth.

The State's substantial means

34 million euros per year in credit from the ministry in charge of the city and housing will be committed, i.e.100 million euros from 2019 to 2021.

A fund of 30,000 euros will be financed by each region at par between the Ministry of Education and Youth and the ministry in charge of the city and housing.

Human means have also been mobilised :

  • a lower secondary school principal frontrunner of the Education City
  •  an operational project manager to coordinate the actions initiated at the Education City
 
 
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Last updated : nov. 8, 2019

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