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Modernising Secondary School Buildings in Portugal

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The quality of school buildings is critically important in the drive for improving education. Good quality facilities provide teachers and students with supportive environments which are responsive to their changing needs and can make a real difference to learning and teaching.

This report is a review of the Portuguese Secondary School Building Modernisation Programme (SMP), a major programme to rehabilitate the secondary schools in Portugal.

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Centre for Effective Learning Environments

This is the report of a review undertaken by the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) for the Portuguese Government of the Secondary School Building Modernisation Programme (SMP) a major programme to rehabilitate the secondary schools in Portugal. The programme is an ambitious one, entailing the rebuilding, extension, adaptation and re-equipment by 2015 of 332 of the 477 schools that provide upper secondary education in Portugal, with a total investment for the first 205 schools of EUR 2.45 billion. The Portuguese Government has established a state-owned company, Parque Escolar, which has a high degree of independence, to oversee and manage all aspects of the SMP.

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