The English National Primary Programme

The English National primary classes exist for children in the upper four years of French primary education: CE1, CE2, CM1 and CM2. These are the age-group equivalent of British years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Any child attending English National primary lessons must be in one of these classes in a French primary school in the Pays de Gex.

Formal French primary education starts within French schools a year before CE1 in the year called CP.  This is the year during which pupils first learn to read and write in French. Our agreement with the local authorities is that we will not take children for education in English until after this foundation year is successfully completed.

ENP Primary lessons, which occupy one afternoon of 3 hours’ teaching (with a short break) on Tuesday or Wednesday each week, are based on the development of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills in English. They follow courses and materials based on the English National Curriculum, and involving assessment of pupils using National Curriculum attainment criteria.

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