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Second chance school (École de la 2e chance - E2C)

Offering a new opportunity to succeed in the school system

Based on an innovative educational concept, the second-chance school (Ecole de la 2e Chance - E2C) is an integral part of the public school system. It is open to any young person or adult between the ages of 16 and 30 years who, as a result of failure or of bad orientation choices, has dropped out of school or has been unable to find a place as an apprentice.

E2C teaches these learners in a specific way, giving priority to supervision and personal tutoring. It meets learners’ needs in terms of initiation, catching up, qualification, retraining and personal fulfilment.

E2C is able to offer secondary education from the 5e class upwards, and secondary technical education from the 9e class upwards. The E2C also offers sandwich training courses for social education workers leading to the social education worker’s diploma and to the technical secondary school leaving diploma as well as preparatory modules providing access to higher studies.

Personal project

Registration with the E2C is subject to certain conditions. The learner must take part in an individual interview,

  • undergo a skills audit: assessment of knowledge, including verbal and written communication, mathematics and logical reasoning, and skills acquired outside the school environment,
  • sign a training contract stipulating that the learner is motivated to participate in classes actively and assiduously and will comply with the school’s discipline and timetable, and
  • define a personal and professional project.

On the basis of the learner's personal project, and according to his/her needs and learning rhythm, the educational team draws up a training plan.

General education is provided in:

  • languages (French, German, English)
  • mathematics and logical reasoning
  • natural and technical sciences
  • human and social sciences.

The target skills and content of courses depend on the learner's project.

Practical teaching takes the form of internships in companies and in workshops at the E2C. It is available in the agricultural sector, in trades, and in the commercial, hotel and tourism, industrial, paramedical and social sectors. Learners may supplement their personal and professional project by working in a training kitchen, a horticultural greenhouse, or in the various workshops at the E2C.

The reports and attestations issued by the E2C fall within the national certification system operated by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth. The methods for the examinations taken at the end of courses are the same as those for secondary school learners in initial training.

A statement of skills, which serves as a supplement to the report, forms an integral part of the attestations issued by the E2C.

Any learner who has been absent from more than 10% of the total of the compulsory lessons scheduled for the academic year will not be allowed to continue on the course for the rest of that year.

Initial training - Secondary general education
(Classes of 5e and 4e M and 3e to 1re G)

The classes available as continuous daytime education, with 32 to 36 lessons per week, at the start of the 2017/2018 school year are:

Class Description/Objective Preferred profile
5e M
minimum age 16 years
Preparatory class for admission to the class of 4e M successful completion of the class of 8e TE or 6e ES
4e M
minimum age 17 years
Refresher class preparatory to admission to the class of 3e G successful completion of the class of 5e ES, 5e at E2C or 9e TE
3e G
minimum age 17 years
Class of 3e G successful completion of the class of 4e ES, 4e at E2C or 10e of the technical programme
2e G
minimum age 17 years
Class of 2e G successful completion of the class of 3e G ES or 3e G at E2C
1re G
minimum age 17 years
Class of 1re G
leading to the Secondary school leaving diploma (Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires)
successful completion of the class of 2e G ES or 2e G at E2C

Initial training - Secondary technical education and vocational training (Classes of 9e, 10e DAP, 10e and 11e PS)

The classes available as continuous daytime education, with 32 to 36 lessons per week, at the start of the 2017/2018 school year are:

Class Description/Objective Preferred profile
9e (basic)
16 - 30 years
Preparatory class for admission to the class of 10e DAP on the basis of the learner's dossier
9e (advanced)
16 - 30 years
Preparatory class for admission to the technical programme successful completion of the class of 9e PO
10e DAP –
cook
minimum age 17 years
1st year of DAP course - full-time at the school with internships in the professional environment certified access to the class of 9e or successful completion of the class of 9e (basic) at E2C
10e DAP –
plant nursery worker-landscape gardener
minimum age 17 years
1st year of DAP course - full-time at the school with internships in the professional environment certified access to the class of 9e or successful completion of the class of 9e (basic) at E2C
10e DAP –
electrician
minimum age 17 years
1st year of DAP course - full-time at the school with internships in the professional environment certified access to the class of 9e or successful completion of the class of 9e (basic) at E2C
10e DAP –
carer
minimum age 17 years
1st year of DAP course - full-time at the school with internships in the professional environment initial skills audit
10e PS
minimum age 17 years
Health professions and social professions,
class of 10e (paramedical and social)
certified access to the class of 9e TE or successful completion of the class of 9e (advanced) at E2C
11e PS
minimum age 17 years
Health professions and social professions,
class of 11e (paramedical and social)
successful completion of 10e PS or on the basis of the learner's dossier

Adult education - Social education worker - sandwich course
(classes of 12e EA, 13e EA and final class)

The sandwich training course for social education workers is a new training route available for people in employment. It is part of the offer of training for adults which enables them to obtain a recognised diploma by an alternative route. The aim is to offer a sandwich course tailored to the Luxembourgish professional sector. The course is aimed at adults with no recognised professional qualifications as a social education worker but who are already active in the childcare or social field.

The training takes the form of:

  • theory classes during term time: 16 hours per week, on two consecutive days per week,
  • independent learning,
  • professional activity accompanied by consideration of related educational theory.
Class Description/Objective Preferred profile
12e EA
minimum age 21 years
12e class Social education worker - sandwich course Admission requirements
13e EA
minimum age 21 years
13e class Social education worker - sandwich course successful completion of the class of 12e EA
Final class
Final class for studies in social education work (sandwich course) leading to a social education worker's State diploma technical secondary school leaving diploma in the framework of:
  • sandwich course for social education workers
  • initial training for social education workers

Adult education - Access to Higher Education Diploma (Diplôme d’accès aux études supérieures - DAES)

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (DAES) is a new training route provided by the Second Chance School (E2C) as part of the adult education offer. Classes available during the day (30 to 32 lessons per week), beginning at the start of the 2017/2018 school year:

Class Description/Objective Preferred profile
Preparatory class for DAES
minimum age 20 years
Class of the preparatory year leading to an Access to Higher Education Diploma Admission requirements
Final class for DAES
minimum age 20 years
Final class of Access to Higher Education Diploma Admission requirements

 

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