IIEP Strategic Debate - Reforming the French secondary school and its flagship diploma

When :

from Tuesday 14 May, 2019
to Wednesday 15 May, 2019

Type of event :

Special Event

Where :

IIEP Auditorium, 7-9 rue Eugène Delacroix, 75116, Paris, France

Contact :


"If the baccalauréat is the key to access the country's higher education system, it is far from being a springboard to student success. The success rate in the general and technological baccalauréat (about 90%) ought not to conceal another reality: 61% of students do not reach the end of the studies in which they initially began." br /
As a response to this situation, the French Ministry of National Education and Youth launched a major project in 2017 to reform upper secondary schooling and the baccalauréat, with the aim of modernizing this flagship diploma of the French education system. One of the objectives of the reform was to simplify an examination which had become too complex, while giving students more support in planning their academic future, in order to make it a real springboard to higher education. br /br /Pierre Mathiot, professor of political science and director of Sciences Po Lille, was tasked by the Ministry to propose a reform of the French upper secondary school system and of the baccalauréat. He will share his own experiences, while explaining the reasons for the reform, and bring his point of view as a policy analyst, by analysing what the reform says about the French education system. br /Paulo Santiago, Head of the Policy Advice and Implementation Division at the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, will join the Debate as discussant. Michaela Martin, Programme Specialist at IIEP, will moderate the Debate.br /