The French school system

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In France, school is compulsory from ages 3 to 16. The Jules Ferry laws of 1881 and 1882 gave the French State the obligation to offer free and secular education for all. The French Ministry of National Education therefore offers a single curriculum.

The subtleties of the French school system are often difficult to understand, which is why we wanted to help our friends from around the world who are currently living in France to better understand it and compare it with the system from other countries in which they have lived. For example, there aren’t many countries that offer pre-schools where children between the ages of 3 and 6 can be educated.

This link will help you understand how the system works for children of all ages, from pre-school to baccalaureate, before they move on to university or the world of work.

The French school system

By Claire Slamani, Marie Dupleix and Isabelle Léon-Dufour - Lunchtime conversation