Schools affiliated to a particular religion are also usually private and thus fee paying.
There are public schools with bilingual programmes but in most cases bilingual education is only available in a private school.
Teaching unions and right-wing political parties oppose the changes, and have enacted strikes against these reforms.Local and international schools in France Most students in France attend local schools, which are free.However, foreign families may consider an international school to ease their child's transition by continuing education in a familiar language and curriculum.Your child's age and length of time in France are just some factors to consider.After completing compulsory French education, a student can consider higher education courses in France.
Below is an outline of the French education system – including nursery, primary, secondary and university education in France – plus an introduction to the French educational philosophy.
Education reforms in France In 2015 the French government is proposing controversial educational reforms to the system (middle school for ages 11–15), to make it less elitist and give all pupils, whatever their background, the same educational opportunities.
These involve the teaching of modern languages and history, encouraging teachers to work together to teach topics across different themes in interdisciplinary classes (the traditional French way is one teacher-one subject), reinforcing secular values and allowing schools to set part of the curriculum themselves.
It is now placed 25 out of 65 countries, with 43 percent of students having difficulty in mathematics and with a widening equality gap within the school population.
The French educational philosophy emphasises: The French don't necessarily expect children to have 'fun' at school.
The school day starts around 8.30am and ends at 4.30pm (later for older students), with two breaks (, must be signed up for separately and fees are often means-tested.