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Preamble - Portugal

The main aim of this project is to reflect carefully and to discuss about assessment as an agent of inclusion in the primary school. In this report, since the concept of primary school among European partners differ from the Portuguese one, we have decided to include the first six years of schooling (1st and 2nd  cycles of basic education) in order to cover the 6 to 12 years age group of primary school in those countries. However, you must bear in mind that in our country both the 1st and the 2nd cycles have particular ways of functioning.

Basic Compulsory Education

  • In Portugal basic compulsory education covers nine years and is divided into three cycles:
  • 1st  cycle – children between 6 and 10 years in a single teacher regime;
  • 2nd cycle – children between 10 and 12 years in a multi teacher disciplinary areas regime;
  • 3rd cycle – children between 12 and 15 years also in a multi teacher disciplinary regime. 

There are different types of basic education schools but nowadays there is a tendency to join the three cycles in the same school unit.

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