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Old 04.01.2010, 02:38
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Re: Advice pls- Education System in SW

Hi Muffin

It does vary by canton, and some of it will change over the next few years anyway because of the HarmoS initiative (to harmonise the education systems and curriculums across the cantons).

In answer to your question, the only thing I've ever found in English about the Vaud education system is this document about how children's work is evaluated:

http://www.vd.ch/fileadmin/user_uplo...ON_EN_WEB5.pdf

Which probably isn't too much help if your kid(s) aren't even in enfantine yet!

There are also a couple of useful links on this page - the top one ('structure de l'école vaudoise') goes through to a very detailed diagram of the various routes through the whole education system, especially at secondary/tertiary levels, and the list of links at the bottom of that page compares the grade/ year system here to those in other countries (so you can see that Reception in the UK equates to 1st yr enfantine here, and so on).

http://www.vd.ch/fr/themes/formation...s-explicatifs/

Do you have any specific questions we could help with? The entire Vaud education system from ages 4 to adulthood distilled into pithy English is a bit of a stretch, and so much of it will depend on individual schools/teachers anyway (example: reading/writing is not on the curriculum until 1st grade, but my 5 yr old in 2nd yr enfantine is very much being taught to read by her marvellously dedicated teachers).

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