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Franco-Scottish cooperation in education


The Institut français d’Écosse is the official agency of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs dedicated to the promotion of French language and culture.

The Scotland based Education Attaché of the French Embassy in the UK collaborates with all Scottish education stakeholders to support cooperation in education between France and Scotland in the framework of the statement of intent for education. signed in 2013; as well as French teaching and learning in Scotland.

We facilitate the development of bilateral links between Scottish Local Authorities and French regional education authorities and between Scottish national education agencies and the French Ministry of Education, in the framework of the Statement of Intent for eduction between France and Scotland.

We support the establishment and the development of partnerships at both a national and local level:
- cooperation between national agencies: France and Scotland collaborate on areas on mutual interest such as education policy, Initial Teachers Education, Headship training and more.
- cooperation between local agencies: the IFE facilitates the development of area links between local authorities in Scotland and académies in France. Presently, 30 Councils of Scotland are establishing or have established a partnership with an académie, the regional education authority in France (click here for the map of existing links). These partnerships have two major objectives:

  • develop school partnerships to forge global mindset of learners and practitioners
  • contribute to improvement in education through peer learning and share of best practices

We offer professional development opportunities for Modern Languages Development Officers and for teachers.

We develop free resources for the classroom accessible on our on line library.

We promote the French learning and organise the Concours de la francophonie for all Scottish Schools.

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A bientôt,

Philippe Sibeaud
Attaché de coopération (Français, Education, Université)

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Contact: Philippe Sibeaud, attaché de coopération (Français, Education, Université).

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