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Sex | 04.05.18

Curriculum Flexibility and Autonomy in Portugal - an OECD Review


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In July 2017, Portugal officially adopted Legislative Order no. 5908/2017, which allows Portuguese schools to join a project called the "Project for Autonomy and Curriculum Flexibility (PACF)" on a voluntary basis. PACF provides schools with the necessary conditions to manage the curriculum while also integrating practices that promote better learning.


The PACF is being implemented as a pilot project during the 2017-2018 school year. Beginning in September 2017, over 200 schools joined the pilot. Per Portugal’s request, the OECD has conducted a review of the project. The purpose of the review is to explore how the project supports schools in effectively exercising autonomy and greater flexibility as they redesign their curricula according to the goals delineated in the Students' Profile by the End of Compulsory Schooling.


The Students' Profile by the End of Compulsory Schooling is a guiding document that describes the principles, vision, values and competences the country wishes Portuguese students to have by the time they finish compulsory schooling. In this review, the OECD examines how Portugal can support schools and teachers in adapting existing subjects, curricula and learning to incorporate the goals set out in the student profile. To this end, it delivers an independent analysis of the overall strategy, curriculum design and implementation of the PACF, as well as the first results of the pilot project. The review documents the process under the pilot programme and the status of its implementation in schools.


The analysis uses the curriculum design principles identified by the OECD Education 2030 project as a reference. The report provides policy insights and advice to Portuguese authorities at all levels of government, as well as practitioners and other stakeholders. The aim is to help them to ensure high-quality curriculum design and implementation. The report is also intended to help other OECD member countries and non-member economies understand the Portuguese process of redesigning learning models. 




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