Schooling and Education in France

The education system in France: information includes all the stages from crèche to pre-primary, primary and secondary education and international schooling...

Education in France is compulsory for children aged six to sixteen. State (public) education is free, secular with mixed-sex classes. Education is also available in private, fee-paying schools (which include most religion-based and international schools). Here is information on:
  • The required vaccinations
  • The structure of the school year and the canteen, or school lunch
  • Detailed information on pre-school facilities and enroling in primary education; the structure of secondary education, collège and the brevet, the lycée and baccalaureate qualifications
  • Special needs education in France, international schooling and the national policy on home schooling in France
  • Guidelines on what to do about bullying and violence in the classroom and school with links to the Department of Education website and French Government information on schooling

Vaccinations for Children

Currently only 3 vaccinations are compulsory Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) When enrolling in a school, a certificate may be required to verify this. In July 2007 the Tuberculosis (BCG) vaccine was declared to no longer be obligatory except under certain criteria. Other vaccinations are only recommended by the state and the decision whether or not to vaccinate a child is the parents decision. However, French Health Ministers want to make compulsory 11 immunisations against conditions such as measles, hepatitis B, meningitis C, rubella, mumps and whooping cough. Service Public has a vaccination calendar.