The role of primary school teacher offers several paths of specialisation:
Primary school teachers for pupils with special needs (I-EBS)
Teachers who specialise in educating pupils with special or specific educational needs (instituteur pour élèves à besoins spécifiques, I-EBS), are allocated directly to primary schools.
As the first point of contact for the pupils with special needs, their parents, the class teachers and the educational teams, they will assist pupils in class and work closely with the members of the support teams for pupils with special educational needs and the inclusion commissions (commissions d’inclusion).
To follow a career in this field, you must:
- have a master’s degree relevant to the support of pupils with special or specific educational needs within primary education; OR
- an equivalent qualification that is recognised by the minister responsible for higher education.
At least two years of professional experience are required since your appointment as a primary school teacher.
Primary school teacher specialised in school development (I-DS)
Primary school teachers who specialise in school development (instituteur spécialisé en développement scolaire, I-DS) intervene in the schools of one or more directorates for primary education. They assist and support the teaching teams and the school committees with the design and implementation of the steps to take in terms of the development of the school establishment. They work closely with the director(s) concerned.
The main tasks of the I-DS are to encourage schools to implement innovative educational practices that are useful for improving learning as well as supporting teachers who require personalised assistance with their pedagogical work .
Primary school teacher specialised in digital literacy (I-CN)
Primary school teachers who specialise in digital literacy (instituteur spécialisé en compétences numériques, I-CN) help primary schools to successfully implement progressive learning based on the use of digital technologies and promoting the development of key competencies related to media and technology.
Their tasks include supporting, advising and assisting the teaching and educational staff as well as the other actors that make up the school community with regard to education on and through media, which includes the implementation of coding and helping pupils to apply computational thinking.