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Contents

Portugal:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Portugal:Historical Development

Portugal:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Portugal:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Portugal:Political and Economic Situation

Portugal:Organisation and Governance

Portugal:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Portugal:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Portugal:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Portugal:Organisation of Private Education

Portugal:National Qualifications Framework

Portugal:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Portugal:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Portugal:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Portugal:Funding in Education

Portugal:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Portugal:Higher Education Funding

Portugal:Adult Education and Training Funding

Portugal:Early Childhood Education and Care

Portugal:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 3 years

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 3 years

Portugal:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 3 years

Portugal:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 3 years

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 3 years

Portugal:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 3 years

Portugal:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Portugal:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Portugal:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Portugal:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Portugal:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Portugal:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Portugal:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Portugal:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Portugal:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Portugal:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Portugal:Higher Education

Portugal:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Portugal:First Cycle Programmes

Portugal:Bachelor

Portugal:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Portugal:Second Cycle Programmes

Portugal:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Portugal:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Portugal:Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Distribution of Responsibilities

Portugal:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Portugal:Main Providers

Portugal:Main Types of Provision

Portugal:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Portugal:Teachers and Education Staff

Portugal:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Portugal:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Portugal:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Portugal:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Management and Other Education Staff

Portugal:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Portugal:Management Staff for Higher Education

Portugal:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Portugal:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Quality Assurance

Portugal:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Portugal:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Educational Support and Guidance

Portugal:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Portugal:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Portugal:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Portugal:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Portugal:Mobility and Internationalisation

Portugal:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Mobility in Higher Education

Portugal:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Portugal:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Portugal:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Portugal:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Portugal:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Portugal:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Portugal:National Reforms in School Education

Portugal:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Portugal:National Reforms in Higher Education

Portugal:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Portugal:European Perspective

Portugal:Legislation

Portugal:Institutions

Portugal:Glossary

Inspectors from the General Inspectorate of Education and Science (IGEC)

Requirements for Appointment

Initial qualifications: Licenciatura (first university degree). Having additional qualifications (post-graduate certificates, Master’s Degree and PhD) is deemed a preferential condition.

Previous professional experience: inspectors who have been recruited up to the present, have at least 5 years teaching experience as a permanent member of the teaching staff, or 5 years in the public-employee career as a higher technical officer, depending upon recruitment duties. The new legal framework does not refer to vocational demands. However, each contest for the recruitment of inspectors may demand that candidates have specific experience.

Differences between the levels of education: no distinction is made in terms of initial qualifications or previous professional experience. However, with regard to particular needs, special requirements may be demanded in different domains of training (e.g. Kindergarten teachers, Law, etc.).

Training and additional examinations: inspectors are obliged to attend a special course approved by the government on the recommendation of the IGEC. Traditionally speaking, training is comprised of two components: theory (attending the training modules in the relevant areas administered by specialists) and practice (pursuing different activities in the IGEC Plan of Activities under the coordination of a training supervisor).

Conditions of Service

Recruitment: Notification about a recruitment campaign is published in the government gazette (Diário da República). Selection is made by following obligatory and optional methods. The candidate has to undergo a curricular evaluation, an interview and to provide proof of his/her knowledge. For candidates coming from other inspectorates, they may only need to give in their CVs and attend an interview. Once this stage has been accomplished, the candidates are then chosen on the basis of the duties they will carry out during a trial period, during which they will be followed up by a team of experts (a panel).

Professional status: Public employee – specialised inspection career.

Salary: There are 16 salary scales in the specialised inspection career, ranging between 16 and 70 on the single salary index tables.

Working day: 40 hours a week. 

Professional mobility: two kinds of mobility are possible – inter-departmental mobility and mobility between categories (in the latter case, between inspection types).

Dismissals: no provisions have been made for such measures. It is only possible to dismiss an inspector if a serious offence has been committed and a disciplinary process has to be installed.

Retirement: at 66 years of age with 40 years of complete service. However, it is possible to apply for early retirement when neither of these two conditions are complied with, although the pension will be penalised and the income reduced according to provisions stated in the law.

Continuous vocational training /professional development: there are two kinds of training – in-house training done by the IGEC and self-training. In the first case, the IGEC has a training programme which deals with matters of interest relevant to inspections and normally involves contracting external specialists; it also has training courses prior to carrying out inspections as laid down in the Annual Plan. In the second case, the inspectors have at their disposal a credit of 100 hours which they may use at their own discretion for the purpose of training in areas that are directly or indirectly related to their professional duties.