Monitoring the implementation of the Portuguese law on inclusive education: meeting to present results

The results of an activity to design a system to monitor the implementation of the Portuguese law on inclusive education will be presented in Lisbon on 1 July.

The meeting will be opened by Agency Director Cor J.W. Meijer, together with the Portuguese Minister of Education João Costa and Mario Nava, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM).

In 2020, the Portuguese Ministry of Education requested support from DG REFORM to design a monitoring system to assess the effectiveness and implementation of Portugal’s Decree-Law 54/2018 on inclusive education, which was introduced in 2018. Support was requested under the Structural Reform Support Programme (which preceded the current Technical Support Instrument – TSI).

The Agency was selected to carry out the activity in collaboration with the Portuguese Ministry and DG REFORM. The design work was carried out in four phases, and has involved national and cluster schools, local education stakeholders, including decision-makers, teachers, learners and their families.

During the meeting, the Agency team will outline the activity, including the methods used to develop the monitoring system. The results of the activity will be presented by Lizanne de Stefano from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA, who assisted the Agency in its research. A second presentation will outline the results of a working session attended by the school clusters involved in the activity. The school clusters will provide feedback on the school visits that took place during the activity and will discuss the approaches taken in implementing the law.

The event will be available after the meeting as a recording. For more information, contact filomena.pereira@dge.mec.pt.

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