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Schools in Portugal - Porto area

Schools in Portugal - Porto area

Postby gaild » Sun 28 Nov 2010 20:53 GMT

I moved to Porto, in the North of Portugal, in September and enrolled my 14 year old son in a local state school. Unfortunately, although promised, he does not appear to be getting much support from the school at all.

The teachers are 'google-translating' class lessons for him, which, as you can probably imagine, creates nothing better than jibberish.

The final straw came this week when they asked us to translate the assessment criterion for his geography class: why give him a list of criterion if he doesn't understand any of the materials being taught in class?

Also, we thought he was receiving proper portuguese (as a foreign language) classes but it now turns out that he hasn't been; he has simply been given random, unstructured classes by a couple of teachers who happen to speak a bit of english.

I don't know what to do and am beginning to feel as though I made a big mistake bringing him here - he was an 'A/B' student in the UK and here he is flunking :(

The problem is I can't afford to send him to a private school so any advice would be greatly appreciated. :brickwall:
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Postby Kay » Mon 29 Nov 2010 06:52 GMT

Hi, and welcome to the forum.

Sorry I don't have the answer to your problem. And what an awful problem to have. It must be a nightmare for both you and your son.

What are the laws about attending school in Portugal? Might it be possible to home-school him. I think you have a job so you can't be there all day with him, but at 14 he maybe doesn't require 24/7 parenting. Perhaps you could create a curriculum for him and supervise him as he works is way through it.

I feel sure that there are also a lot of online resources. There are plenty of youngsters who can't attend school because they live in remote areas, and they work their way through online courses instead.

My biggest worry about your boy is that if he doesn't go to school then he won't have the same opportunities for socialising. You could overcome that by making sure he's involved in plenty of other activities - sport, hobbies, anything really to help him to meet people.

Do keep in touch and let us know how you get on.
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Postby gaild » Mon 29 Nov 2010 12:40 GMT

Thanks for the support and advice, Kay! Surprisingly, my son really enjoys going to school here!

I guess home-schooling is a possibility although I can forsee some potential problems - after all he is 14 and although he's a great kid I'm not sure that he'd be happy or willing to come home from a long day at school only to start another school day at home!

Perhaps GCSE correspondence courses are an option - does anyone know anything about this?

Or

Does anyone know if any private international schools, in Portugal (preferably Porto), offer scholarships for children whose parent(s) is/are on on a low income?

As before, all advice is greatly appreciated :)
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Postby Kay » Mon 29 Nov 2010 14:22 GMT

BE is affiliated with several organisations and companies which offer online learning. (This means that we earn commission if you buy using our links.)

ICS Learn is one such company - but you'll find several if you search for online GCSEs on your favourite search engine.

According to the ICS Learn website they're offering 50% off the price of their courses for today only. I honestly don't know if that's just a marketing ploy and perhaps they'll do the same thing again tomorrow or next week.

You could have a look anyway, as it would give you and idea of what sort of thing is available.

This is our aff. link to ICS Learn


I'm pleased to hear your son actually enjoys school. This surprises me in a way as I'd thought he'd be miserable having to face such difficulties every day. I expect attending school will be good for making friends and helping him to pick up the language, even if he's not being taught formally.

Perhaps you could compromise and not worry too much about grades during term time and pick up the slack during the school holidays.

It's also a good idea to look around for schools giving scholarships. I tried a quick search but didn't find anything suitable. Why not talk to the British Council to see if they have any info?

http://www.britishcouncil.org/portugal.htm
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