How do we teach priority education in the Cher?

What changes as a result of the teaching in the specialization classes? ” You have to accept turning the way you work upside down, begins Valérie Gauthier, director of the Hugues-Lapaire primary school, in Sancoins, east of Cher. Otherwise we miss the needs of the children. »

A preamble by Catherine Bruneau, Principal of the Paul Arnault School, Gibjoncs District in Bourges. “Priority to education is a state of mind,” explains the woman, who has spent her entire career in working-class neighborhoods. Exactly here, we have to experiment. We are in an emergency. That’s not a bad question. We do not forbid ourselves anything if it benefits the children. And when it works, we share it with others. She clarifies: “For me, the most important thing is that the students are successful and feel comfortable in school. »

“I am amazed at the effect of the homework help”

Priority Education is divided into Rep (Priority Education Network) and Rep+ (Reinforced Priority Education Network). In the Cher, it affects more than 4,000 students in elementary and secondary schools. In popular neighborhoods in Bourges, Vierzon but also in rural areas like Sancoins. Here, too, the 2015 Rep ranking of the Hugues Lapaire School, the Georges Duffaud Kindergarten and the Marguerite Audoux College reflects a difficult social situation.

Nine class openings, ten closings, including a revision at the beginning of the 2022 school year: in Cher the difficult balance of the school card

“It was the recognition of significant difficulties,” recalls Valérie Gauthier, Coordinator Rep. This corresponded to observations such as the high number of disadvantaged families, the few high socio-professional categories. She adds: “Already now the results of the assessments had rung alarm bells. We were well below those of the district and department. In mathematics as in French. »

The goal of priority education is “100% success in basic education: read, write, count, respect others. This opens up additional opportunities, targeted training,” summarizes Alice Laurent, National Education Inspector for the District of Chancellery and Gibjoncs, in Bourges.

Nathalie Elimas, Secretary of State for Priority Education, visited Bourges and Sancoins on January 28th

In Sancoins, the Rep classification recorded the enrollment of 2-year-old children, a significant stabilization of the teams, a coordination between the teachers. And led to downsizing. “In CE2 we went from 28 to 20 students, which leads to more individualized work ‘ emphasizes school teacher Laura Blanchard.

Karine Douche, who has been teaching at Sancoins for more than ten years, explains: “Before the ranking, there were 26 students in my large section class and more than 30 in the small section. But we are not as efficient as we were when we were 15 because my class is now divided is. At 30, it’s impossible to give everyone time to talk. »

“If we are less in class,” says Audrey Griot, head of the kindergarten, no one is left behind, because too shy to speak. »

“If there’s one thing that has stood the test of time, it’s duplication. This is the first time in thirty years of priority education that I’ve seen my CPs pass the exams like the others. »

Catherine Bruneau (Principal of the Paul Arnault School in Bourges)

At Sancoins, the implementation of homework help is one of the consequences of the rep ranking. “And that has brought the students forward,” states the head of the elementary school. We welcome three groups of ten children per evening. In the absence of clubs, they are looked after by volunteer teachers. “I’m amazed at the effect of the homework help,” adds the CE2 teacher. Its effect can be felt on participation in classes. We have more motivated children. “The same in CE1, for Julien Cotet: ‘If they arrive in the morning, they are much less lost. It gives them confidence. »

Duplication of CP and CE1, then the large sections, also gives results. ” If there is one thing that has proven its effectiveness, Catherine Bruneau points out in Bourges that it is in fact a duplication. This is the first time in thirty years of priority education that I’ve seen my CPs pass the exams like the others. Let’s see if it holds up over time. »

According to high school outcome indicators, Cher has good facilities

At Sancoins, in the very small section (TPS), class for children under 3 years old, Nathalie Poulet has extended the reception time in the morning “to answer questions, to establish a connection between the school and the parents. We are in parenting. » « During the school week the parents come to see how we are doing, continues the director of Hugues-Lapaire. She remains fragile, but we are making progress. »

The gaps are closing

Involving the parents in the school project, opening the school to them, clearing up concerns or clearing up rumors is also prevalent at the Paul Arnault school in Bourges. ” This must be done at eye level, explains Catherine Bruneau. With every project we ask ourselves how we can involve the parents. »

In November, the ratings dedicated Paul-Arnault. And at Sancoins, the results are progressing. “Our problem is that the children don’t stay in school all their school years. We have a disadvantaged audience that moves a lot. For professional or social reasons, complex family problems, describes Valérie Gauthier. Our ratings remain among non-rep kids. Corn From one year to the next we see an increase in the number of successful students. And despite everything, the gaps are getting smaller. We don’t fill them, but they are reduced. »

Marie Claire Raymond

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