Education Sector

An Expert's View about Education in France

Posted on: 25 Aug 2012

State education in France is free, politically/philosophically neutral & secular.

Education Sector in France Though the French education system, culture, philosophy may differ from the UK’s, this sector does look across the channel for ideas. Great opportunities to be had for innovative products, ICT and English learning resources. Market overview In 2012 state education allowance is €61 billion (+0.9% from 2011, >1/5th of total government spending) Total education spending in 2011 was €134.8 billion or 7.0% of GDP, average spending per pupil was €7 560 (primary/€18 041 billion, secondary/€29 435). The 2011-2012 objectives are to increase numeracy, literacy and foreign language acquisition with a major focus on English Language Learning. State education in France is free, politically/philosophically neutral & secular. The system is decentralised i.e. responsibility is delocated: Réctorat Académie (x30) ξ Policy. ξ Educational expenses, staff wages, specific projects. _____________________________________________________________________ Rectorat Région ξ 6th form: lycée. ξ Infrastructure, Maintenance, Teaching & IT equipment purchase. _____________________________________________________________________ Inspecteurs de l’Education Nationale (IEN) Conseil Général Département. ξ secondary level: college. ξ manage teaching staff, financial services, exams, teaching standards, private education system. _____________________________________________________________________ Conseiller principal of the commune. ξ primary level: école primaire. ξ material purchase. Key opportunities English Language Learning: Following “Apprendre les langues - Apprendre le monde” report (01/2012) the Ministry made 3 priorities to: rethink teacher rhythms: ξ primary teacher training programmes implemented from end of academic year ξ secondary teachers to support primary counterparts ξ hours for languages training globalised across secondary school from next academic year promote international mobility: ξ targets fixed to enable all students to go on language exchange ξ Specifications are being drawn up for schools/local authorities who finance school trips ξ by 2016 all language teachers to undertaken a semester in non French speaking country as part of training promote lifelong learning: ξ “English by Yourself” new service developed by national distance learning centre launched enabling all to learn English using adapted training programmes ξ The Minister made a plea to television channels to stop dubbing and to favour subtitling instead. Technology: There is an increased use and a call for digital technology, here are two examples: ξ “Base élèves premier degree” operational across all state schools since 2009, a decentralised database managing administrative and educational elements of pupils’ journey through state/private primary education - enables better distribution of pupils in classes, scholastic path tracking, improves academic and national piloting ξ Rural Digital Schools (ENR), in 2009 €50 million allocated to 6,700 voluntary schools in communes with >2,000 inhabitants equipping them with IWB, wifi, computers etc Experiment – school in the morning, sport in the afternoon: 7,000 pupils in secondary and high-school are testing a new timetable of school in the morning and sport/art/cultural activities in the afternoon; results of the 3 yr trial will be out in 2013 Priority education scheme for schools with major academic failure to correct effects of social and economic inequalities, to promote more teachers and smaller class numbers, more apprenticeship programmes and after school homework help Social issues ξ Fighting discrimination ξ Violence prevention ξ Support for pupils in difficulty: RASED (Réseaux d’aides spécialisées aux élèves en difficulté) specialised support network for students in primary and elementary levels Nursery capacity: By 2012, government aim to create approximately 200,000 new spaces for 0- 3 yrs old in crèches and with assistantes maternelles, €1.5 billion invested Latest export opportunities – Education & Training Latest export opportunities - France Getting into the market ξ Is the product aligned with French curriculum? ξ Is it adapted and translated to French? ξ Are you speaking to the correct interlocutor for target academic level? Consider multiple simultaneous approach: ξ via Ministry of Education who validates whether a product is aligned with French curriculum, can potentially reference it online ξ via teachers that can recommend product if they like it ξ via IENs that can recommend product to teachers and MoE Two major buyers are: UGAP - central purchasing agency selling to public authorities - and CAMIF COLLECTIVITES - largest private distributor in France. ξ It is essential to build relationships with French contacts, patience is key, can take up to 4 years to achieve results ξ It is essential to have French documentation, to conduct initial calls/meetings in French ξ Head teachers prefer purchasing from agent rather than online, value face-to-face contact, seeing product, good after-sales service ξ Price is all important unless product is unique, if not an agent will be essential ξ Having French presence facilitates answering tenders. More about doing business in France Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. ξ Mia Barclay, British Embassy Paris. Tel: +33 (0)14 451 3248 or email: Contact your local international trade team Major Events Kid Expo Date: 27-30 October 2012 Educatec-Educatice Date: 21-23 November 2012 Salon Européen de l’Education Date: 22-25 November 2012 Salon des Maires et des Collectivités Locales Date: 20-22 November 2012 UKTI Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events – Education & Training Latest events – France Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 25 August 2012

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