Everywhere in France, the hour of the return has sounded. Pupils, from kindergarten to high school, returned to the classrooms this Thursday, September 1. As every year, several changes have been announced by the Ministry of National Education. Sport, English, orientation…: here are the five new features for this 2022 school year which are now part of the daily life of schoolchildren.
► Reinforcement of sports practice
“As of the next school year, we will have half an hour of sport in all primary classes”, promised Emmanuel Macron during the presidential campaign. After a two-year experiment in some 7,000 establishments in France, it is now done: students from CP to CM2 will be required to perform half an hour of sport every day at school.
Pupils will be able to practice a sports activity in the schoolyard, inside the buildings or even around the establishments if security allows it. Teachers will also be able to use the available equipment: balls, jump ropes, studs, baskets, etc.
In college, the practice of a sporting activity will also be reinforced. An experiment will be launched in 140 establishments (out of the 5,300 in France) in order to devote two more hours per week to sports practice.
► The return of mathematics in first grade
Another novelty for this new school year: math lessons are back in first class in the common core, in the form of an optional option included in scientific education. Abandoned since the high school reform carried out in 2019 by former minister Jean-Michel Blanquer, the discipline can thus again be chosen freely by high school students.
However, has the number of students enrolled in mathematics started to rise again this year? ” Not that much “had admitted Minister Pap Ndiaye in the columns of the Parisian in June. “This may encourage us to become mandatory in 2023. (…) That’s the most likely hypothesis.”he said.
► Renovated courses and “super bac”
In order to facilitate professional integration, twelve diplomas have been modified. The objective of the executive: that the skills acquired by graduates are more in line with the needs of employers. Several vocational baccalaureates are involved, such as the “3D modeling and prototyping” baccalaureate or the “personal care and services” baccalaureate.
In addition, the international option of the baccalaureate has been transformed. This “super baccalaureate” now becomes the French international baccalaureate (BFI). First year students wishing to present a BFI until the end of their final year will follow reinforced language teaching, “including bilingual, trilingual or quadrilingual courses”, indicates the Ministry of National Education. Students will be recruited on file before taking a language exam.
► Discovery of the professional world
Still with the aim of linking school and the world of work more closely, colleges that wish to do so will be able to devote half a day to discovering the different professions. An initiative that will concern students from the fifth grade. These sessions “may in particular take the form of meetings with professionals from different sectors or company visits”says the ministry.
With regard to high schools, the President of the Republic had called the rectors meeting at the Sorbonne at the end of August to a “deep change” vocational courses. Emmanuel Macron thus wishes “better prepare young people for the business world and increase internship times by at least 50%”.
► Contingency plan for English
On the occasion of the start of the 2022 school year, the government launched a plan intended to fill the gaps of French schoolchildren in English. Among the avenues proposed: the financing of trips abroad, the creation of a voice assistant for learning or the creation of bilingual courses. Last spring, half of the ninth-grade students had obtained an insufficient result during the positioning tests conducted to assess their mastery of the language of Shakespeare.