OECD Reviews of School Resources: Portugal 2018

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This country review offers an independent analysis of major issues facing the use of school resources in Portugal from an international perspective. It provides a description of national policies, an analysis of strengths and challenges and options for possible future approaches. The analysis focuses on the process of decentralisation of school governance, the integration of local, national and international funding streams in educational financing, and the development of the teaching profession. The report covers primary and secondary school education.



The funding of school education

This chapter is about the funding of school education in Portugal. It addresses the level, management, distribution and evaluation of educational expenditures. The chapter places particular emphasis on the integration of local, national and international sources of funding. In the face of challenging economic conditions, Portugal has continued to prioritise resources for school education. Further, Portugal has begun to shift its culture of funding to measure the impact of its spending and to use these findings to inform future planning. However, significant concerns remain about the transparency of the funding process, the relatively minimal local responsibility for funds and the low levels of financial support to under-resourced students and communities. The chapter also stresses the importance of developing system-learning through regular goal setting, metric development and progress monitoring – including programme evaluation – of educational initiatives.


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