School Education in France

Devolved powers [anglais]

Since the 1980s the State has been devolving powers in order to strengthen the role of local authorities in the management of the school system. The ‘recteur' is the ministry representative at local level, within académies (30 local authorities).


Overview of competenciesNursery and PrimaryLower SecondaryUpper Secondary
Investment (construction, reconstruction), infrastructure, running costs Municipality Département Region
Teaching costs Municipality Conseil général Conseil régional
Teaching staff (recruitment, training, allocation, pay) State State State
Curriculum State State State
Approving diplomas N/A State State

NB. France has 26 regions (30 académies responsible for the local administration of education),
101 départements and 36,851 municipalities.



Last updated May 27, 2013
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