We have arrived at the Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra. Natália Pires explains how things work in Portugal.
Our systems are alike, but have some interesting differences in how students move through it.
The discussion about being an applied science or an academic school plays out in Portugal as well. The Politechnico is applied science, but views itself on the same level as any university.
The tests for students to be allowed to the next level are similar, obviously the terms differ somewhat. Children get a national test to decide their level, which will direct them to the next educational path. Talking about it is fun and complicated at the same time.
It will take us a while to get it all clarified.