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 Country Information

Compulsory attendance:
6–15 (if the child is 6 years of age by September 15)

Legal status of home schooling:

Homeschooling is legal and referred to as “Ensino Doméstico.”

The Portuguese Constitution (Lei Constitucional n.º 1/2005 de 12 de Agosto) states: “Parents shall possess the right and the duty to educate their children” (Article 26.5). The Statute of Private and Cooperative Education (Decreto-Lei n.º 553/80, de 21 de Novembro) defines home education as “that which is taught in the student’s home by a relative or person with whom he dwells” (Article 3.4a). There are annual reporting requirements and regulations that govern periodic testing. Please contact the home education group below for further details, or visit their Practical Guide to Home Education (Guia Prático do Ensino Doméstico).

 Contact Information

Movimento Educação Livre (MEL) (Freedom in Education Movement)
Contact via email

Last Updated: July 17, 2012