Information in the menus below was updated in June 2019. To contribute information that may be of interest to others in your country, please contact your country’s host:  Marie Gallé-Tessonneau ( As the International Network for School Attendance grows, materials will be added to your country’s webpage.

People, groups, and organizations

Not for profit

  • The Nantes Center for Educational Research (CREN EA2661) is the University of Nantes research laboratory in education. CREN conducts research in two areas: (1) Education Policies and Training Facilities; and (2) Education, Teaching, and Learning Processes. Funded by the National Research Agency, the CREN develops TEDS research project (territories and school drop-out) in France.
  • Dr Laelia Benoit, MD, PhD, Youth psychiatrist, researcher in Public health and sociology, National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm)
  • Research Team “Vulnerabilities, Inequality, life Path” of the Emile Durkeim Center, Department of Sociology, University of Bordeaux. The research team is working on social policies related to school and professional dropout, training, social integration, job insecurity and disability. The team develops public policy analysis work in the field of the training-employment relationship, youth policies and disability. The new social risks linked to school dropout and difficulties of professional integration are among the objects investigated at different levels of scale (national, regional, and individualization of trajectories, etc.).Joël Zaffran, co-director of the team. Website of the research center.
  • The National Assessment Board of the School System (CNESCO, ‘Conseil National d’Evaluation du Système Scolaire’) is an institution charged with independent evaluation. It is composed of scientists from various disciplines, parliamentarians, as well as members of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council. CNESCO conducts a scientific and participatory evaluation of the school system to enlighten the various actors in the school and the general public. 
  • Hospital unit specialized in school refusal. MPEA Peyre Plantade CHU Montpellier France, Dr Hélène DENIS.
  • The French Association of Psychologists, National Education. 
  • The Academic Cell for Research and Development in Innovation and Experimentation (CARDIE) is responsible for supporting institutions and/or schools and developing national innovation and experimentation policy. 
  • The School Phobia Association is an association of parents of children who display or have displayed school refusal. The association aims to change the understanding, recognition, and care of these children in need. The association’s projects are: Support for Families, Help with Exchanges with School Teams, Research and Reflection with Health Professionals. 

Current and upcoming activities and achievements

  • 2019 June 14th: Round table for parents of atypical children: school phobia at 8 pm. Itteville.
  • 2019 May 28th: Documentary report - Infrarouge about : Hospital unit specialized in school refusal. MPEA Peyre Plantade CHU Montpellier France, Dr Hélène DENIS
  • Current Research from the Research Team “Vulnerabilities, Inequality, life Path” of the Emile Durkeim Center, Department of Sociology, University of Bordeaux : 1. Factors and social conditions for dropout and back-to-school process in truancy. 2. A cohort follow-up of students from high school to university and labor market. 3. Students diagnosed as "gifted". The aim is to understand the reasons for which (in France) "high intellectual potentialities" turn into social and academic handicap.
  • January 2015- June 2019: CREN has developed the TEDS program (Territoires et décochages scolaires/Territories and school dropouts), with the financial support of the National Research Agency (ANR), under the scientific direction of Pierre-Yves Bernard. The TEDS research project aims to report on the territorial variations of school dropout in France, in order to determine the effects of context on this phenomenon and to better understand the diverse pathways and reasons for stalling youth. Researchers rely on a new approach that considers the diversity of school dropouts and their inclusion in specific territorial configurations, from local to national. 
  • 2018 to 2019: Survey - National health survey about school refusal in France. Dr Laelia Benoit, Researcher in Public health and sociology, National Institute for Health and Medical Research (Inserm)

Past activities and achievements

Helpful links and other resources

Resources on School Refusal/ Ressources sur le refus scolaire anxieux

Resources on Truancy and Dropout/Ressources sur le décrochage scolaire et l’école buissonière

  • Première publication des travaux issus de TEDS : Numéro spécial de la revue Formation emploi : le décrochage scolaire à l’aune des inégalités territoriales: nouvelles perspectives? 2018 
  • Joël Zaffran, « Les transitions scolaires de l’école primaire à la Segpa : le score ne fait pas tout », Jacques M.-H. (dir.), Les transitions scolaires. Paliers, orientations, parcours, Rennes, PUR, 2016, p. 353-360.
  • Joël Zaffran, « La place des jeunes dans l’espace public : une approche par le temps », Gurnade M.-H. & Ait-Ali C. (coord.), 2016, Jeunesses sans parole, jeunesse en paroles, Paris, L’Harmattan, p. 41-48.
  • Joël Zaffran, « Bouger pour grandir. Défection et mobilité des adolescents », Les Annales de la recherche urbaine, n°111, 2016, p. 68-77.
  • Joël Zaffran, « Comment faire pour refaire ? Les décrocheurs scolaires qui raccrochent » (avec Juliette Vollet), Éducation & Formations, N° 90, 2016, avril, p. 113-128.
  • Joël Zaffran, « Liberté, égalité, accessibilité », Zaffran J. (dir.), Accessibilité et Handicap. Anciennes pratiques, nouvel enjeu, Grenoble, PUG, 2015, p. 275-282.
  • Joël Zaffran, « Le décrochage de haut en bas », Berthet T. et Zaffran J. (dir.), Le décrochage scolaire. Acteurs, dispositifs et politiques de lutte contre la déscolarisation, Rennes, PUR, 2014, p. 43-60.

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