One of the unique features of the French educational system is something known as “Vie scolaire” – or, in English, life at school.
A team of professionals is on site every day at school, but they do not teach a particular subject. They are to be found in the “Vie scolaire” office.
They have several tasks:
Security: they are responsible for the pupils’ safety and well-being throughout the day outside timetabled lessons (break, lunchtime, free periods):
Absences and punctuality: they ensure the pupils’ attendance at lessons, they contact the parents in case a pupil is not in school (and as soon as their absence is noted), and they help to educate
the pupils to acquire good habits of punctuality:
Support: they help pupils to make a success of their schooling by supervising them whilst they do
their homework and providing a link with the teaching staff:
Understanding: they help pupils through their adolescent years by listening and advising them:
Connection: they provide the link between the school and the pupils’ families:
Citizenship: they prepare the pupils to become good citizens by putting in place and giving life
to democratic structures and representative bodies for our young people.