School, college, high school…here are the new features for the start of the 2022 school year

After the teachers this Wednesday, it is the turn of the students to gradually return to the classrooms. Here is the list of the main novelties of the new school year that await them from this Thursday.

Half as many students in the class. Class splitting, ie limiting the number of students to twelve students per teacher, continues. The reform, launched in 2017 in the most disadvantaged areas, now affects all CPs and CE1s in priority education networks. But in the large parts of kindergarten it is not finished yet. “We are at 75% today,” new Education Minister Pap Ndiaye said on Friday. The process will continue until 2024. “Except for the priority education zones, almost all major sections, CP and CE1 classes have a maximum of 24 students,” said the new tenant on rue de Grenelle. Almost all ? The Academy of Versailles, one of the largest, tells us that the target has only been achieved in 70% of the classes in the four departments it covers. All others have more than 24 students.

More sports. It was a campaign promise from Emmanuel Macron. Primary school pupils should, under the guidance of their teacher, do 30 minutes of physical activity per day, outside sports and during breaks. Launched ahead of the Paris Olympics, this device has already been tested in 7,000 of the country’s 48,000 schools. The teacher can occupy the courtyard, grounds or even the surroundings of the establishment to perform these 30 minutes. He is also invited if he wants to use small equipment: ball, studs, skipping rope… However, no sportswear is required for the student. Also in college, sports will be reinforced to counteract a sedentary lifestyle. Nearly 140 institutions in thirty academies offer their students the opportunity to do another two hours.

Discover professions, from the 5th grade. In the voluntary lectures, from the 5th, half a day a week is spent on discovering crafts. These hours should help students orientate themselves. They “may in particular take the form of meetings with professionals from different sectors or visits to companies”, the ministry specifies. Linking the world of work very deeply to the school environment is also Emmanuel Macron’s wish for secondary school. The president last week called on rectors for a “deep transformation” of the professional path, notably by developing “training times by at least 50%” and paying them better.

New diplomas and a nice baccalaureate. . In the same vein, twelve professional diplomas, including baccalaureate degrees (3D modeling and prototyping, personal care and services, etc.), were renewed to meet the needs of employers. Also noteworthy, in general this time around, is the appearance of the “International French Baccalaureate” (BFI), replacing the international option. A kind of super bachelor’s degree, with reinforced courses, especially in learning and improving foreign languages… Where the beat hurts.

An emergency plan for English. 800,000 ninth graders took a national English test in the spring. Catastrophic result: one in two do not have the required level. The ministry is therefore launching an emergency plan from the start of the school year “so that 80% of students” reach the expected skill level “within the next three years”. Between the handles; enhanced bilingual courses, the creation of a voice assistant to teach the language of Shakespeare to school children, the financing of travel and stays abroad, etc.

Back to math first. After nearly eliminating them, we bring them back… Slowly. Mathematics returns to the common core, first in the form of a module in science education. The education minister acknowledged that few students will follow this year and a half, who have been hastily set up to calm the bronca created by the latest school reform. Mathematics could become compulsory again next year. “It’s the most likely hypothesis,” Pap Ndiaye confided in June.

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