Primary schools in France have been given the option of introducing a fourday week instead of the current four and a half days. The minister for education, Jean-Michel Blanquer has revived the debate on school routines since taking office in May, saying that there was a need to spread the children’s time at school on both a weekly and annual basis. But rather than enforcing a new policy, Macron’s administration wants to give local communes the flexibility to choose which timetable suits them best. The current plan is to experiment with the school schedules towards the end of 2017 and then give schools the choice of implementing the changes by 2018 if they so wish. If adopted, it would be the third change to France’s school system in less than 10 years.