Where we work


Schools2030 Portugal

Schools2030 Portugal is present in Lisbon, Sintra, Leiria, Santarém, Gondomar, and Porto.

Portugal, located in the Iberian Peninsula of Southern Europe, has left a profound cultural, architectural and linguistic influence across the globe, with a legacy of around 250 million Portuguese speakers around the world. It is a developed country with an advanced economy and generally high living standards.

A peaceful and relatively stable nation, it has a high standard of education accessible to most, but urban communities 
of migrants often suffer from higher drop-out rates and lower outcomes and so there is a need to address education equity in some areas.

Portugal’s education policy increasingly promotes a diverse set of skills beyond pure academic learning, as well as 
the use of more innovative tools for student assessments. The government is also focused on increasing the decision-making powers of both schools and municipalities and to improve student agency in school governance. However, 
there is at present a limited local evidence base to inform such decision-making processes at school and policy levels.

Our Team in Portugal

Filipe Martins

Filipe Martins

Senior Education Director and Schools2030 National Coordinator

Rita Alves

Rita Alves

Senior Education Officer

Fernando Santos

Fernando Santos

Senior Education Officer


Alongside its selected Learning and Assessment Partners (Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto), the Portuguese team has worked to define the learning domains on which the programme will focus in the coming years. These were selected in consultation with a focal group of parents and teachers as well as the Secretary of State for Education.

The Schools2030 Portugal team have worked closely with Schools2030 Global Partners to adapt and translate rapid 
and longer form assessment tools 
across the different age cohorts.

These tools not only address holistic learning levels, but also 
the quality of the teaching environment and are designed to 
be used as rapid, or longer form assessments. The team is also working on a platform to aggregate indicators and/or typologies of data emerging from the Schools2030 in Portugal.



Access examples of assessment tools
from across our programme countries.

All these tools are available free to download below and will continue 
to be refined and iterated to ensure robust psychometric validity.


The Schools2030 HCD Toolkit was adapted, translated and re-designed for the Portuguese context in Q4 2021. The team in Portugal will make these resources available on the new AKF Education website, with a dedicated area for human-centred design, as well as on the AKF Portugal Moodle platform.

To facilitate the introduction of the methodology for the human-centred design, a training course was delivered to 20 teachers 
in November 2021. Following the HCD training, sessions are now being implemented across many schools.


DESIGNED BY: Algueirão School Cluster
TO IMPROVE: Empathy, self awareness, creativity, relationship building, respect for nature
AGE GROUP: All ages

“Geras” is an outdoor learning initiative conceived at one of the schools within the school cluster, EB do Casal da Cavaleira, in 2022- 2023 academic year. In its initial phase, it involved collaboration from an educator (from the 5-year-old cohort, one group), three primary school teachers (one group in the 10-year-old cohort), and one secondary school teacher (one group 

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in the 15-year-old cohort). In total, five educators and approximately 80 children co-created outdoor activities, aligning them with the curriculum and requesting input from peers, teachers and families to meet wider social needs. This innovation was showcased at the Schools2030 Global Forum in Porto.

Com(viver) em Com(unidade) 

DESIGNED BY: Santa Barbara School Cluster
TO IMPROVE: Empathy, relationship building, problem solving, reconciling tensions, critical thinking and literacy 
AGE GROUP: All ages

The team’s objective is to create a pleasant space for and with the educational community where various outdoor activities will be developed, as well as themed meetings and workshops with families and students, with the aim of providing meaningful experiences of close contact with nature and encouraging physical activity, promoting well-being, empathy, mental health

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sustainability, citizenship, respect and coexistence

Download our HCD Tools for Portugal to start creating education innovations in your school.

Schools2030 Human-Centred Design Toolkit

Full version

Schools2030 Human-Centred Design Facilitator Guide

Schools2030 Human-Centred Design School Leader Guide


The team in Portugal have developed the below infographics to show the structure of the Schools2030 network and programme operations in the country. They also have developed a learning matrix that shows their selcted learning domains for each age group, and provides wider context on how these fit into the Portuguese curriculum more broadly.



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Country Assessment Partners, Evaluation Partners and Learning Partners