Country information for Portugal - Assessment within inclusive education systems

Definition of the target group and eligibility process

The target groups for special education are pupils with significant limitations in terms of activity and participation in one or more areas of life due to permanent functional and structural issues, which result in continued difficulty in terms of communication, learning, mobility, autonomy, interpersonal relationships and social involvement.

The transfer of children and young people who need special educational support is done by school and school cluster administration and management. After referral, the executive council requests that the special education department assesses the referred children and young people. The objective of the assessment is to collect information that permits:

  • verification that it is a permanent special educational needs situation;
  • guidance for drawing up an individual education plan.


Last updated 13/04/2018

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