Primary School

Schools that build confidence

To enable schoolchildren at primary and lower secondary level to excel, the Government is committed to developing "Schools that build confidence" and to giving greater freedom to those working in the field. Four flagship measures are being rolled out from September 2017.
 
WHAT DOES THIS INVOLVE?

At primary school

  • Gradually dividing up Year 7 (1st Grade) and Year 8 (2nd Grade) classes: from September 2017, no more than 12 pupils per Year 7 class in reinforced educational priority networks (REP+), then, from September 2018, Year 7 classes in educational priority networks (REP) and Year 8 classes in REP and REP+ will gradually be divided up. 
  • Adaptation of school timetables: with a view to giving greater freedom to those working in the field and to addressing the specific features of each local context when organising the school week, the scope for exemptions will be extended.

At lower secondary school

  • Introduction of the "Devoirs faits" (Homework done) programme to lend free support to any students who would like it after school.
  • Changes to the lower secondary school reform to enable school staff to choose the specific learning paths they wish to create, bring back bilingual classes and promote Latin and Greek learning.
 

WHY?
At primary and lower secondary schools alike, having confidence in those who work in the field is crucial. In the interest of the children, educational communities must be able to cater to the specific features of their local areas as closely as possible.

Not only that, but specific schemes must be set up to help schoolchildren who are struggling and to tackle social inequalities.

The Government is planning to roll out its first measures to achieve these priority aims from September 2017.
ACTION TAKEN

September 2017
  • Dividing up of Year 7 classes in reinforced educational priority networks (REP+).
  • Initial trials on adapting school timetables.
  • Introduction of the "Devoirs faits" (Homework done) programme and gradual roll-out of the scheme. 
September 2018
  • Dividing up of Year 7 classes in educational priority networks (REP) and Year 8 classes in REP/REP+.
  • Lower secondary schools given the possibility of changing the way teaching content is organised.
  • Continuation with gradually rolling out the "Devoirs faits" programme across primary and lower secondary schools.