MM One month in France14 avr. 2017
Two english pupils were in immersion at The Collège Boris Vian for one month. Great experience with interesting results..
During my time in France, I learnt a lot about the French education system, the English education system and even about myself. I believed that the two education systems would be very similar however there are many differences and similarities between the English and French schools.
In France, the students have to provide all their equipment as well as note books and their text books that they buy from the school. This gives the students a lot of responsibility and they have to be very organised but the problem is they have to carry all their textbooks around with them all day and they could easily forget their supplies. However, in England students have to provide their own stationery but their textbooks and notebook are provided by the school and are kept at school. This is easier for the students but they don’t get the responsibility.
In France, there are seven lessons in a day, school is from 8:00 am to 4:00pm and the lessons are 1 hour long. This is good for the students because the lessons aren’t too long that they get bored and get distracted but on the other hand they spend most of their time at school and might get distracted at the end of the day with the days being so long. Whereas, in England there are 4 lessons in a day, school starts at 8:30 am and finishes at 3:10 and the lessons are 1 hour 15 minutes long. The lessons are a bit too long so students get distracted at the end of lessons however they don’t have too many lessons in a day so they don’t get distracted in the last lessons.
In France the students have more respect for teachers than most students have in England. I believe this is because they don’t have after school detentions they have to spend Wednesday afternoon at school (the only time they get off school); where as in England after school detentions are common and aren’t feared because school days are very short.
In France, the teachers don’t mark every single piece work, they mark tests and homework. This is because teachers only have to work a specific amount of hours a week. Whereas, in England teachers mark both tests and work. This gives the teachers too much work to do and they have to mark work outside of work hours. On the other hand it is good for the students because they have chance to see where they are going wrong and they can correct it before they have a test.
In France, the teachers don’t decorate their rooms, I suppose that they don’t want to decorate because after a year they might change classroom or school. However, in England teachers are expected to decorate their rooms because it can be helpful for students with their work and they don’t have to worry about taking the decorations down because many teachers don’t change classroom or school.
In France, students don’t have a uniform but they have a dress code, meaning that they can wear their own clothes along as they aren’t too short or offensive. This helps the students relax and express their personality. Whereas, in England students have a strict uniform. This means student have to spend loads of money on their uniform and they are uncomfortable wearing it. Many students hate wearing the school uniform.
In France, there is no obvious extra support and adults for students and at the Collège Boris Vian, there is a specialist school within the school (SEGEP) for students with severe special educational needs. However, in England, these students are integrated into our classes and at Archbishop Sentamu Academy there is lots of extra support for students in lessons, out of lessons and even with issues outside of school. The extra support comes from teaching assistants, SLO’s and the learning mentors who help any student that wants or needs it.
Two similarities are that the classes are about the same size (20-30 students per class) and that students have to move to a different room per lesson.
If I could change anything about the English education system after going to France is that I would get rid of the uniform because students in France were a lot more relaxed compared to the students in England because they get to wear their own clothes and even the exchange students hated wearing the uniform when they were in England.