The ENS de Lyon hosts the French Institute of Education which is a national organisation for research, training, mediation of knowledge in the field of education. It provides expertise for the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. The Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Lyon covers all areas of education ranging from nursery school to university, from formal education to ongoing training. It also aims at developing special training schemes (such as in healthcare, urban planning, new technologies etc.), dedicated to a wide-range of age groups and various social and cultural backgrounds. Besides, ENSL is opening up to other stakeholders including local authorities, associations and businesses.
On the international level, the French Institute of Education is involved in a variety of research networks and European projects dealing with educational systems. The French Institute of Education plays a key role in France by feeding the public debate on education.