The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

Apféé –Coup de Pouce Cla Research Project

With over 20 years of implementing innovative and effective programs to prevent school failure, Apféé (Association for Equal Opportunities at School) is launching Coup de Pouce Cla – a new action research project with the support of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.

Each year in France more than 100.000 1st graders fail to acquire basic reading and writing skills. Scientific studies show that the majority of these children lack individual after school support when this is precisely one of the conditions of success.

Since 1994, Apféé has been developing effective, reproductible and scalable programs. Coup de Pouce Clé is aimed at 1st graders and their parents while Coup de Pouce Clem is for 2nd graders. Both seek to curb failure early school failure in reading and writing and Coup de Pouce Clem will add mathematics.

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The Coup de Pouce Cla, an initiative led by Dr. Gérard Chauveau

Gérard Chauveau, a veteran researcher at the National Institute for Pedagogical Research (Institut National de Recherche Pédagogique, or INRP) and member of Apfée’s Scientific Committee has been integral since the inception of Coup de Pouce Cla in 2006. The project has also successfully partnered with the French Ministry of Education in a dozen cities.

Coup de Pouce Cla specifically targets children who speak little or no French in their last year of nursery school. The program provides workshops every day after school on the “six languages skills” that a child should acquire by the age of 5 or 6. By the end of nursery school, every child should be ready to pass into the 1st grade. 

The six languages abilities are:

  1. Class participation
  2. Tell a story
  3. Write a reading text
  4. Understand and use school terminology 
  5. Switch from story language to literary language 
  6. Play with language 

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations are supporting Apféé’s research project 

Apféé is leading a research project to design a reproductible and scalable model of the Coup de Pouce Cla. Additionally, it will continue to explore scientific and pedagogical research related to language development. 

In this project, Apféé will leverage its previous keys to success:

  • Play activities based on a defined protocol 
  • Improving the child’s self-esteem and motivation by celebrating daily successes
  • Parents’ continued commitment to their children
  • Broad stakeholder involvement: city counselors and staff; national education personnel; educators; parents; Apfée

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations’ support for Apfée is an example of their commitment to innovative projects in Education based on inclusion, collaboration and empowerment.