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French Institute of Education

National platform for educational issues

In 2011, the former National Institute for Pedagogical Research (INRP) became an integral part of the ENS de Lyon and was re-founded as the French Institute of Education (IFÉ).

IFÉ is the French research and innovation platform dedicated to educational issues in connection with local field actors and a large international network of educational communities.


  • to conduct research in education at the various levels of initial, continuing & vocational training and, in particular in relation to the observation of practices;
  • to provide support for national/international and academic piloting concerning teaching practices and reforms, innovation and experimentation;
  • to facilitate the diffusion of scientific resources in education and the transfer of research results, in particular to improve the training of trainers;
  • to link researchers and practitioners and fuel research through field analysis

IFÉ works in collaboration with higher education institutions, research organizations and institutional actors of the education system.

Key functions

  • Policy development advice for the French ministries of Education, and of Higher Education and Research
  • Research/evaluation
  • Expertise: observation and analysis of practices
  • Dissemination of knowledge
  • Training of trainers

Educational sectors covered

  • Pre-primary
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Vocational
  • Higher
  • Continuing professional development
Institut français de l'éducation IFE


Research centers: DIPF (German Institute for International Educational Research), IRDP (Pedagogical documentation and research Institute), KEDI (Korean Educational Development Institute)

Networks: AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie), CIDREE (Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe), CPRE (Consortium for policy research in education)

Universities: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), Université de Sherbrooke (Canada), Université Saint-Joseph (Liban)...

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ENS de Lyon
15 parvis René Descartes - BP 7000
69342 Lyon Cedex 07 - FRANCE
Descartes Campus : +33 (0) 4 37 37 60 00
Monod Campus : +33 (0) 4 72 72 80 00

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