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Choosing the best schooling option for your child can be quite challenging, especially in Portugal where parents have several choices available, such as private or international schools, state schools and vocational courses.

There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of school, so it’s important to consider your child’s unique needs and make an informed decision about their education. This guide will help you make the best choice for your child’s education!


Private and International Schools

In Portugal, private and international schools are not regulated by the government. This means that each school can set its own curriculum, meaning that students might not be learning what they need to know for the Portuguese state exams. These schools also tend to be more expensive than public schools. However, they often have smaller class sizes and more experienced teachers.


Free State Schools

In Portugal, all children are required by law to attend school from the age of six. There are three types of schools they can attend: private or international schools, free state schools, or vocational courses.

Free state schools are either public or privately-owned but publicly-funded. This means that they’re free to attend and open to all children, regardless of their family’s income. Because they’re publicly-funded, they have to follow the national curriculum set by the Ministry of Education.


Vocational Courses

In Portugal, vocational courses are an option for students starting at age 15. These types of courses are adapted to specific careers, and can help students get a head start on their chosen profession.

There are over 400 vocational courses available in Portugal, covering a wide range of industries. Students can attend a vocational course full-time or part-time, and they typically last two to three years.

How RHJ Accountants Can Help

We recognise more than ever that individuals and businesses from the UK and other countries may be globally mobile. We aim to make you aware of the tax-efficient opportunities, available tax relief and structure finances for life at home and abroad.

Our international team of specialists operate from offices in the UK and Portugal. We work together synergistically to provide tax efficient solutions to our clients to help them grow their business whilst keeping tax liabilities to a minimum.

Get in touch with us today to find out more, or to make use of our services.

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