College at dwelling: an utility for prior authorization should be submitted by 31 Could

Since the beginning of the school year in September 2022, the methods of home education have been changing. The law of August 24, 2021, which confirms respect for the principles of the Republic, now requires parents to obtain prior permission from the state to provide home education. So far, a simple statement has been enough for his town hall and academic leadership.

What are the reasons for your child’s home education?

In France, education is compulsory for all children, both French and foreign, between the ages of 3 and 16. You can choose to enroll your child in school (public or private) or, under certain conditions, provide this education yourself.

Only four reasons can be given for the right to educate a child at home from next September:

  • the child’s medical condition or disability;
  • performing intensive sports or artistic activities;
  • family homelessness in France or geographical distance from any public school;
  • the existence of a child-specific situation motivating the educational project.

How to apply for authorization?

The application for authorization for family education must be submitted to the Directorate of Trade Union Services of the National Education of the Child’s Department of Residence no later than 31 May. The procedure varies depending on your situation.

> Your child has already been educated at home

If your child underwent an educational check in the years 2021-2022, the results of which were evaluated as sufficient, you can use the valid authorization for family upbringing for the years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024. To do this, you must submit:

  • cerfa form no. 16213 * 01 concerning an application for automatic authorization
  • and provide your proof of identity, your child’s identity document, the person (s) responsible for teaching, as well as proof of address.

In other cases you must send:

  • cerfa form no. 16212 * 01 concerning an application for family instruction;
  • and provide several supporting documents (identity, proof of address and documents relating to the reason given).

> Your child is at school

You must send:

  • cerfa form no. 16212 * 01 concerning an application for family instruction;
  • and provide several supporting documents (identity, proof of address and documents relating to the reason given).

You can send your file at any time if the reasons you are requesting were made after 31 May before the start of the school year. In this case, you must justify it.

What is the duration of the authorization?

Upon receipt of the file, DSDEN will acknowledge receipt of your request, indicating the missing documents to be provided. DSDEN will then inform you of its answer within a maximum of two months. After this time and without an answer, it means that your request has been accepted.

The permit is granted for one school year, but for a maximum of three years if the application is motivated by the child’s state of health or disability.

The authorization represents a favorable opinion on the enrollment of your child in the National Distance Learning Center (in a regulated enrollment class).

What to do in case of rejection?

In case of rejection, you can challenge the decision within 8 days of notification. In order to do this, you must submit a compulsory administrative appeal in advance to a commission chaired by the Rector of the Academy. The Commission shall meet within one month of receiving your appeal. It will notify you of its decision within 5 working days. If the commission confirms the refusal, you can turn to the right judge.

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