If you are planning to go to a UK university, how does your bac offer translate in terms of A levels?
This year's brevet, or DNB - diplôme national du brevet – takes place on 28 and 29 June.
Whilst most students will go on to lycée to study for a bac, the brevet, taken at the end of collège, around the age of 15, is the last compulsory exam in the French education system.
Hot Cross buns, chocolate and bank holidays over, it's time for the serious business of the Easter holidays. Revision. Both teens have bac exams (part one for one, part 2 for the other) coming up in June.
Now, I hate to generalise. But. One of these children is a girl, the other is a boy.
One is sitting in front of meticulously prepared notes – complete with highlights, annotations and colour coded underlinings – that were prepared during the February holidays.
The other is horizontal, watching videos on an iPad and telling me to chill.
EVEN THE French find the Caf holiday voucher system confusing. When I remarked to the charming man at our local CAF office that “there are many British residents who don’t use their holiday vouchers because they don’t understand how the system works,” he replied: “there are many French who don’t use their holiday vouchers because they can’t understand how the system works”.
Trials of the vacine, which works by introducing tiny doses of allergen directly into the muscles, have proved effective on mice and clinical trials on people could start within the next four years.
The number of people, particularly children, suffering from asthma has doubled in the past ten years and is now responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths a year.
I have long regarded myself as 'on the cusp' of middle age. OK, it takes about three hours for my face to settle down in the mornings and lose the pillow marks. And half a bottle of Frizz-Ease to get rid of the electrocuted witch look.
But yesterday, as I caught a glimpse of my sixteen year old son's budding mustache I suddenly wondered if my own budding mustache might not be equally visible - in a certain light.
Alternative education doesn’t have the same long history as, for example, in the UK where the Summerhill model of a pupil-lead school was introduced in the 1920s, but it does exist in France.
Whilst French secondary education is well rounded and the bac respected worldwide, the education system is sometimes criticised for being too rigid and inflexible, more about learning by rote than questioning and exploring. Non-academic children can move into more vocational education from around the age of 14, but what about the bright kids who just don’t fit into regular, hierarchical lycée life? Who find themselves at odds with the system or just downright unmotivated? A lycée expérimental might just be the answer.