Following your article on school refusal, I see the signs in my son. He started a bac pro in September but is unhappy with his choice of subject. Can he change?
A: Cases of changing mid-course are pretty rare but it is possible if his marks are reasonably good and if he wants to change to a similar-ish subject, for example, from business to sales. If he wants to change subject completely, for example, from business to electronics then he would need to repeat his seconde.
Francois Hollande's government is planning to take the 'home' out of homework, at least for primary school children. It claims that homework is elitist because it favours middle class children who get support from their parents.
However, before pupils jump for joy, the idea is for children to do their homework at school, at the end of the school day.
Some 150,000 students drop out of school every year and the peak period is around the move from collège to lycée, i.e. in troisième or seconde, when pupils can feel bored, see their marks go down, feel lost and isolated.
Here, we look at the reasons why children drop out and how to spot the warning signs that your child might be becoming demotivated so you can act before it is too late.
Every new President likes to fiddle with the school calendar and Francois Hollande is no exception. He has set his sights on primary schools and plans to make several changes to the school calendar from next year.
Firstly, he wants to increase school attendance from four to four and half days a week while at the same time shortening the school day – as well as the length of the summer holidays.
It’s perhaps not that surprising but marks handed out by collège and lycée teachers can be highly subjective – and now research has proved it.
A child’s reputation, attitude, social background, parents and even their sex can influence how generously or severely they are marked, leading to some pupils being unfairly treated.