School Education in France

Equal Opportunities policy [anglais]

The priority education policy aims to correct the effects of social and economic inequality in educational attainment, ensure command of the common core by all pupils at the end of compulsory schooling and reduce the attainment gap between pupils. This policy targets, first and foremost, schools with the greatest difficulties.

Priority Education

As such, at the start of the 2012 academic year primary and secondary schools tackling academic ambition, innovation and success, the écoles, collèges et lycées pour l'ambition, l'innovation et la réussite

The (ECLAIR) programme involves:

  • 2,189 nursery and elementary schools, i.e. 6% of school pupils;
  •  303 collèges, i.e. 5.5% of lower secondary pupils;
  • 21 vocational lycées;
  • 11 general and technological lycées; 
  • 4 boarding schools.

The objectives of ‘ECLAIR' programme are to improve the academic results of pupils by:

  • establishing an academic environment which favours success for all;
  • reinforcing the stability of teams;
  • favouring equal opportunities;
  • developing academic ambition.

Secondly, and more generally, priority education also encompasses réseaux de réussite scolaire (RRS) (Academic Success Networks) which welcome a more socially heterogeneous group of pupils. They include nearly 8,000 primary and secondary schools.

Last updated August 26, 2015
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