In order to deal with the negative consequences of the pandemic for learning, the city has decided to schedule an hour every evening in cooperation with the teachers.
Since the start of the school year in September, all schools in Béziers have been offering supervised after-school hours between 4.45pm and 6pm.
The city of Béziers created this offer in the summer, taking into account the alarming feedback from the school world after the year of the pandemic.
“At the time of the four-and-a-half-day week, thirteen schools in the city were offering it”remembers Alberte Frey, assistant for school, family, early childhood and youth.
“When we went back to the four-day week, one hour of childcare was offered in the evenings. However, since the recovery of families with the pandemic has been quite disastrous, the mayor had asked us to study this possibility of supervised study, assured priority by teachers or, failing that, by city staff. When we presented him with several scenarios, he decided that all elementary schools would benefit from them.”
The monthly cost is €11 for families.
After the bell has rung at the Cordier primary school in the heart of the city and some have left with their parents, the students follow Véronique Schmischke, the school’s municipal officer, for a snack break.
“I go through the classrooms and bring the affected children to the yard. There they can relax, especially with ball games and snacks.indicates the referrer. This mix has to be managed in order to establish the connection between the teachers, the town hall and the parents. Since I look after the kindergarten and the canteen, everyone knows me. I know them too and that creates a landmark.”
Then they are split into two groups (CP-CM2 and CE1-CE2 and CM1) to tackle the supervised learning session with two teachers from the school, assisted by the referent, and a retired volunteer who comes on Mondays and Tuesdays.
“Teachers have the knowledge of the children, the pedagogywe explain to the education department of the city. The formula slowly declined with the Covid effect because there was a reservation from some parents. We hope for a more stable year next year for a fairer record.”
“For children who are learning to read, it is an important lesson because it is complicated for some families.comments Valérie Paule-Lacombe, the director of the Cordier school, classified in Rep + in the context of the Riquet college. The teacher helps with the same methodology as in class. It runs fine. And it complements the national educational system of educational support.”
This educational support, reserved for institutions in the priority education sector, offers a range of activities that can fall into four areas: help with homework and classes, artistic and cultural practice, sports practice and the practice of a living foreign language. .
Two excursions and two different schedules are planned in Cordier to make the two devices more readable “but harmonizes”‘ says the director. who adds: “The existence of both makes it possible to meet all needs.”
No supervised learning in kindergartens, but day care with games run by specialized area representatives of the kindergartens (Atsem) and moderators.
To help families as well, last summer the city launched a “holiday booklet” campaign, which was distributed in public and private schools at the end of June, used in recreation centers during the summer, and provided keys to parents.
The promotion will be repeated from GS to CM2 from June this year.
Béziers, a digital education area
The Hérault is one of the ten Digital Educational Territories (TNE) piloted by national education to combat the digital divide.
In this context, Béziers has been identified so that all its schools receive basic equipment and all teaching teams, municipal staff and parents are trained.
Resources are built up. “We had a ten-year deployment planexplains Alberte Frey. Thanks to this national plan, from 2024 all schools, including kindergartens, will be equipped.
Alberte Frey, Assistant to the School Management: “Children’s Success”
How is the city’s education policy implemented?
We work closely with national education and school leaders. We have very good relationships and we talk openly with each other and always try to find solutions.
Our common concern is the children and their success. For the city, we start from the principle that we have to help all children. We know there are neighborhoods that are more challenging than other priority educational networks.
But some schools don’t benefit from it, like Roland or Herriot, who have the profile anyway.
Can you give us some figures on this educational policy?
For public schools, there are 7,127 children this year, 2,700 in kindergarten and 4,400 in elementary school. We spend an average of €930 per child per year (these are the figures for 2019, a year without Covid).
4,200 children are enrolled in the canteen, ie 1,500 to 2,400 meals per day 2.5 million euros for extracurricular activities with morning and evening reception and the canteen (with the Atsem, the moderators, reimbursement for the SHCB, etc.).
And we have just relaunched a €10 million multi-year plan for major works (green spaces, courtyards, buildings and boiler rooms).