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Hi there

hope someone can help... we have been here for 2 yrs now and our 12 year old (almost 13) grand-daughter has been living with us and now attends the local college. She's not the brighest kid on the block, really does not want to learn french and so this affects all her other learning. We sense she is unhappy but do not know what to do. Is there a small school in the Limoges area that provides a basic education at college level to a small group of children and who do not hold onto the idea that all children must be educated to a high level wheather capable of doing so or not?

Any suggestions would be appreciated but not home education.
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Some colleges have a section that is called SECPA. It is for pupils who are not doing so well.

And there are colleges where the kids normally board during the week that is often out in the countryside that takes on lost causes. If I have remembered properly it is called a Maison Familiale. You could contact the Inspectorate in your area and ask about such establishments.

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Some colleges have a section that is called SECPA. It is for pupils who are not doing so well.

And there are colleges where the kids normally board during the week that is often out in the countryside that takes on lost causes. If I have remembered properly it is called a Maison Familiale. You could contact the Inspectorate in your area and ask about such establishments

The SEGPA's are for pupils who are in "echec massif et durable" they will give a bais amount of teaching in french and maths and a lot of professional training in something like woodwork or cleaning. (it depends on the SEGPA) They don't do the full collège curriculum, but they are part of a collège. Children who go into SEGPA have to have an IQ check and an interview with a psychologue. the there is a dossier to fill in and a comission to pass. the classes are limited in size because of the amount of professional training. this means that there aren't always places available. They have been absolutely wonderful for some of my pupils

I don't know much about the maison rural (I think that's the term) but I know that some of my less "academic" pupils have gone to them with and have found them just what they needed.

You don't say what class she is in. There are some more adapted classes in 3eme (3eme PP, 3eme I;, 3eme PDA..) but she has to get there first. Some schools have adapted 4emes but these are much rarer

It would probably be a good idea to start by having a meeting with your grand daughter's prof principal if you haven't already done it. He or she should know what is available or be able to find out and will be able to advise you about how she feels/acts at school. And then you can always ask to see the Conseilleur d'orientation psychologue (COP) who probably does a day or so per week in her school. Or you can go to the centre d'orientation et d'information (CIO) The COP and CIO are sure to know about the more specialised schools.

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