Quality of life at school

After three years of work, Cnesco has published a scientific report on the quality of life at school, which draws from nine scientific reports as well as from an original survey on school lunches and school architecture (October 2017).

Quality of life at school

In summary

The concept of quality of life at school has developed significantly over the last three decades. Education systems have gradually taken into account a set of goals that goes well beyond academic outcomes and includes personal fulfillment as a means of helping students to realise their goals in school and later in life as well as to become an active citizen. A great deal of international research has been conducted on this theme and is presented in this file. But two aspects of quality of life at school have barely been explored – school lunches and school architecture. This file presents the results of an original survey to address these two areas.

Summary and recommendations


Key figures

  • Only 59% of students are signed up for school lunches in public secondary schools located in priority education zones in France (and 27% in special priority education zones) as compared to 70% of students overall (Data: DEPP, 2016; Analysis: Cnesco, 2017).

  • In more than one half of secondary schools, fresh food and seasonal produce are present in more than 25% of the menu options provided (Cnesco, 2017).

  • 92% of schools have been called on to respond to problems associated with room temperatures, 75% regarding lighting issues and 55% as concerns soundproofing (Cnesco, 2017).