Current issues

This section details the current initiatives and programmes of the Ministry of National Education, including citizenship education, the Paris Declaration of 2015, the secularism charter, the new education law of 2013, the fight against school dropouts, the equal opportunities policy, and modern language learning.

  • Citizenship Education

    Within the framework of the "Great Mobilisation of the School for Values of the Republic", children are taught community spirit, citizenship and a culture of commitment, rejecting inequalities and embracing social interaction. Civic and Moral Education was started in 2015 for all pupils from the beginning of primary to the end of upper secondary school. 

  • The Paris Declaration of 2015

    In response to the Paris  terrorist attacks of January 2015, the Education Ministers of the European Union agreed to a new action plan to strengthen and promote citizenship education and communal values of liberty, tolerance, and non-discrimination by signing the Paris Declaration on March 17, 2015.

  • Secularism - Laïcité

    Secularism - Laïcité

    Secularism is a constitutional and legal principle whose framework is defined by the law of 9 December 1905. It guarantees freedom of conscience and worship and creates separation of Church and State, which is bound to strict neutrality. "The Republic assures freedom of conscience. It guarantees the freedom to practice religion, restricted solely in the interest of public order" (article 1). However, it "neither recognises nor remunerates nor subsidises any religion" (article 2). Secularism guarantees the freedom of worship and of religion, but also freedom from religion: nobody can be obliged by law to respect religious dogmas or prescriptions. It protects the right to change religion as much as the right to belong to a religion.

  • The Fight Against School Dropouts

    In 2012, a new programme was announced to halve the number of school dropouts by 2017. The French Ministry of Education is carrying out a vast programme to prevent teenagers dropping out of school and to help young people without qualifications return to education. In five years (2012-2017), the number of young dropouts has fallen from 136,000 to 110,000.

  • Equal Opportunities Policy

    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. Many different programmes have been set up to support these students and their families, including educational priority networks set up throughout the country and a set of key measures designed to help pupils, support teachers, and provide an appropriate learning framework.

  • Modern Language Learning

    Modern Language Learning

    Each student will learn to communicate in at least two modern languages by the end of their obligatory schooling. Language learning plays a fundamental role in the building of citizenship, in the enrichment of the person and opening possibilities in the world. Learning a modern language also promotes the employability of young people in France and abroad.

  • Non-French Speaking Students

    The French Ministry of Education has made a commitment to helping non-French speaking students better adapt to their education in France. This is done through special assessments, specific class placement, and programmes tailored to teaching French as a second language. The programme has the most participants among Primary age students, though most Lower Secondary students in the programme have the greatest success.

What is éduscol?

Eduscol, the website of the Directorate-general for Schools of the French Ministry for National Education, is aimed at education professionals and, primarily, teachers. Its purpose is to provide them with information by presenting official texts and offering resources to support their implementation on the ground.

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