two circulars to take action

Jean Damien Lesay for Localtis

Since the start of the school year in September 2020, schools can offer 30 minutes of daily physical activity, 30′ APQ, to students on a voluntary basis. At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, a thousand schools had invested in this system. In order to achieve the generalization of the system by the start of the 2024 school year – with an intermediate target of 50% of schools by the start of the 2022 school year – the Ministry of Education issued a circular on 12 January setting out the framework of this system is presented.

The text first recalls that this daily physical activity must be distinguished from physical education and sport (EPS), a compulsory learning discipline. And that it is therefore recommended to develop the 30 minutes of physical activity on the days when the teaching of physical education is not programmed. In fact, this means that this device is far from commonplace. If the PE is given once a week, it will cover the remaining three days, and if the PE is spread over two one-and-a-half hour sessions, it will take the remaining two days. †

Forms adapted to the local context

The circular further specifies that “the forms that the 30 minutes of daily physical activity can take are varied and must be adapted to the context of each school”. They can therefore be divided and combined over the different school times (in the form of active breaks, during the break, etc.), but also outside of school.

From a practical point of view, the circular emphasizes that sportswear is not necessary, that the school playground, school building and school environment should be used as a priority and that all players in the educational community (teachers, educators, families, municipalities, partner associations including in particular Usep and Ugsel, local sports clubs, etc.) can be involved in the project, which will be the subject of a presentation to the school council so that the education team, parents and the local authorities involved are fully involved

In terms of support, the text specifies that a 30′ APQ referee has been appointed for each academic director of the National Education Services (DAsen) and that each school must indicate the implementation of the measure through a special form. Once the file has been validated by the sponsor for a period of three years, the school will receive sports equipment, financed by the National Sports Agency and the Organizing Committee for the Paris 2024 Games (Cojo), the distribution of which will be based on indications of the Departmental Services of National Education. If necessary, external contributors must be approved by the National Education Inspector and authorized by the school principal.

Bridges between school and sports movement

Finally, the circular at the 30′ APQ announces that the Ministry of National Education “encourages building bridges between the school world and the sports world”. To learn more about this, it is necessary to refer to another circular, still dated January 12, called “A school, a club”.

Here, the ministry states that the implementation of 30′ APQ aims to “stimulate a rapprochement of schools with the 300,000 sports associations” and that “particular attention will be paid to school/club projects that provide a parasport offer for young people with disabilities “. How to reach it? By establishing “a strong relationship between a school and a local partner sports association”. Again, the partnership between a school and a local club – which “is intended to be extended to all child’s time, school, extracurricular and extracurricular activities” – is based on the voluntary work of the two entities and must be submitted to the council of school.

One of the objectives of the rapprochement between school and club, the circular calls for the discovery and start of a new sporting activity, the creation of cultural, sporting and educational activities around Olympism and Paralympism or even the co-hosting of a “learning series […] with a health-promoting purpose.

Financing the ANS and the Cojo

These actions, which may be part of federal sports projects, are likely to benefit from funding from the National Sports Agency but also from the Cojo under the Generation 2024 label. From 2022, schools with the voluntary label can thus benefit from Génération 2024 coupons when they rely on a partnership agreement with a local sports club. According to the circular, “these vouchers constitute a financial contribution to support interventions by local sports clubs within the framework of the EPS”. This intervention will take the form of six sessions of approximately one hour during school time, within the school or in the rooms and equipment used for physical education. In particular, it can be done during the preparation and execution sequences of “know how to ride a bike” and “know how to swim”. This co-animation will take place under the responsibility of the teacher, accompanied by the sports educator of the club, qualified and approved by the National Education.

The terms of the agreement between the school and the club will be the subject of an agreement setting out in particular the characteristics of the intervention: time periods, equipment made available, classes involved, taking into account pupils with educational needs and specific teaching methods, suggested content, names and qualities of the employees. The supervision fee is one teacher and one qualified speaker for a maximum of thirty students. The agreement is signed by the National Education Inspectorate, by the chairman of the sports association and, if necessary, by the relevant municipality. The principal of the school just signs it.

Finally, the inspector Dasen and the SDJES delegate send an annual accurate quantitative assessment of the deployment of the measure, in the form of a list of schools and sports clubs that benefit from a partnership.

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