Home Schooling

College at residence, robust begin for associations

At the beginning of the school year, not all children entered the class. Some of them are homeschooled. They were 71,700 in June, or about 0.5% of students in France who benefited from the family education system (IEF), according to the latest figures from the Ministry of National Education. How many are there this fall? For the moment, the ministry does not report figures, because there are none “not stabilized yet”.

The very active associations that defend the IEF have been voicing their concerns for several weeks. As a highlight, September 15 is scheduled as a mobilization day. In their view, the consequences of the law of August 24, 2021 confirming respect for the principles of the republic (known as the law against “separatism”), accused of fueling numerous refusals by the authorities.

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In this comeback, some children actually find themselves in a situation of uncertainty. Neither of them enrolled in a school near their home because of the lack of nor is he authorized to receive instruction at home. Because many families see their requests denied at certain academies.

Strong differences between territories

In the absence of consolidated figures from the ministry, associations provide theirs. Thus, 68% of parents would be denied their newborn’s family education, according to a survey conducted by the Coordinating for Freedom in Education (Coopli). “Families are contacting us today to find out which academies accept more than others,” sorry Emmanuelle (she did not want to give her name), from the association Les Enfants d’abord (LEDA), which participated in the study. Among the most reluctant rectory posts would be Toulouse, Grenoble, Dijon, Besançon, Rennes or even Orléans, according to Coopli.

Before the law against “separatism”, a simple declaration was sufficient. Now the families have to argue their request to their rectorate. Four reasons are valid: health and disability reasons, practicing intense sports or artistic activities, family homelessness or geographical distance from the school and finally “the presence of a child-specific situation motivating an educational project”.

According to the associations, this last reason fuels many refusals, which are based on the inability to establish the presence of “own state”. Ministry sought by The worldrelativizes the importance of the phenomenon: “On 1er July, place 4 represents only 9.6% of the submitted applications. » Just over half of them, 53%, received a positive response.

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