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General Councils of Schools

Created in 2008, the General Councils replaced the School Assemblies. They are responsible for defining the main guidelines of the school’s or grouping’s activity, approval of the educational project, the internal regulations, activities plans, and also monitor the actions of the school’s other governing bodies and promotion of a stronger relationship with the community.

The General Council is also responsible for choosing the Director/Headmaster, via a public tender procedure.

The General Council is composed of seven representatives from the teaching staff, two non-teaching staff, four parents and guardians, two students, three representatives of the municipality and three representatives of the community (co-opted by the others).


The regime governing the autonomy, administration and management of pre-school state educational establishments and basic and secondary education schools is established by Decree-Law n. º 75/2008 of 22 April.