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OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

NCGE is now recruiting for the position of Office Administrator. This key role provides administrative support to the Director and the Centre, to include maintenance of the financial procedures and processes in order to ensure compliance with DES and other government department reporting requirements.

Application Process:
Application via CV (or Europass CV)  and Cover Letter detailing what interests you about this position to recruitment@ncge.ie

Closing date for completed applications is 17:00 on Friday 21st July 2017

Shortlisting may apply.

Interviews will be held in Dublin the week of 1st August 2017.

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Further Education News

The image to the right links to a report published by SOLAS June ’17 the report title is: ‘Specific Aspects of Further Educations and Training (FET) Provision and Barriers to Participation in FET Programmes ’ by Amárach Research, reporting on a national research project commissioned by SOLAS.

This further highlights the clear message regarding the need for a coherent FET Information & Guidance strategy. The report reflects the experience and challenges noted by AEGI Staff and Clients over the years – issues of childcare, travel,course fees, organisational barriers, funding accessibility and eligibility requirements etc.

Four main themes are explored:

  • Motivational/Dispositional      
  • Economic/Social welfare
  • Organisational
  • Information and Guidance barriers

Of significant note is the commentary regarding the need for coherent Information and Guidance services to better serve the needs of the FET learner, organisations and  providers. As FET Guidance Programme Coordinator, NCGE look forward to engaging and progressing toward the development of an effective, cooperative and collaborative FET Information and guidance strategy over the coming months.

Mary Stokes, FET Guidance Programme Coordinator, has collated some quotes from the report that may be of interest:

'The staff moratorium was also seen as a key challenge which has impacted course offerings, quality and support. Guidance services were also seen to suffer from the reduction in funding and the recruitment embargo. Stakeholders felt needs assessments for incoming students were inconsistent, while guidance levels were not allowing for an alignment of learners to courses. Stakeholders also felt that guidance needed to be increased for incoming or prospective learners considering FET via the Intreo service, since not all case officers seemed to be aware of the scope of courses or the suitability of individuals for courses. This was also reflected in discussions regarding the challenge of the complexity and diversity of different courses offered through FET; from Youthreach and VTOS to literacy programmes or apprenticeships. Overall, stakeholders felt that there was not enough clarity or guidance to navigate the system.' (Pg 66)

'A cross-organisational approach was advised by numerous stakeholders: it was proposed that SOLAS could work more closely in collaboration with other government departments and special interest groups. By working with government departments, such as DES for funding, DSP for funding and referrals and DPER for childcare, SOLAS could develop an interdepartmental discourse and framework for FET. Stakeholders felt that strategic aims and organisational planning should be tied in with expertise and input from existing systems and special interest groups.'(pg. 74)

'Stakeholders outlined the lack of information and guidance as a key challenge for prospective learners, even by service providers, due to the challenge of communicating and disseminating information.’… ‘Stakeholders’ perspectives diverged regarding the quality of information available. Some felt that there was no shortage of information available but that it can be overwhelming and hard to navigate. The challenge is “to make people aware of where to look for information” (stakeholder 8). Prospective learners can encounter problems finding and interpreting official information, which results in learners sourcing word-of-mouth information, a lot of which can be inaccurate; especially regarding entitlements.  (Pg. 69)’

'Stakeholders agreed that the information that is available can be quite inaccessible to learners’: “what’s really been effective for us is learners’ stories…hot and cold knowledge…cold is leaflets, databases and people who are most educationally disadvantaged and don’t understand the system generally don’t get their information from there they get it from hot knowledge which is word of mouth” (stakeholder 6)(pg. 70)

'People can enter FET from school, through self-referral and referral from Intreo case officers; and for each entry point guidance offers a valuable benefit:  “information by itself is too bare, people need to interpret it and the principle of guidance is to help interpret it. There’s no shortage of information out there - databases upon databases -  and then there’s the providers themselves bThere are too many FET choices, meaning people need guidance yet the adult education guidance service is relatively invisible; people are “falling through the crack' (stakeholder 36).  (pg 71)

'pre-guidance is vital…that’s where the connection between the guidance service, the department of social protection is really, really important to explain about what education options are there, what facilities are available whether its full-time or part time, whether there’s grants…and a chance to meet with a guidance counsellor to figure that out' (stakeholder 10)(pg 72)

'it’s the staff at DSP who will determine a person’s suitability for a course, they’re totally unqualified, they’re not trained in career guidance, they’ve no knowledge of the range of industrial sectors and their different demands and requirements' (stakeholder 17)

'Others are less damning of the Intreo referral system but remark that there is too much variability and reliance on the quality of the individual Intreo officer. One stakeholder remarked that learners felt that DSP and/or Intreo services and staff are not adequately equipped with information about FET; while some course providers felt that Intreo are more likely to send prospective learners to JobPath programmes over the ETBs, and are only referred to FET when JobPath is unsuccessful. Furthermore, some learners noted negative experiences when accessing FET as an unemployed person. The “customer service” experience for DSP “clients” was largely negative as learners often described that they felt pressure to participate in certain courses. Changes to the organisation of DSP, Intreo and FÁS have also impacted on the engagement case officers have with their clients and the general public. Intreo removes accessibility of information for many people since Intreo services are appointment-dependent… Guidance is needed prior to, during, and following courses.’ (pg 72)

'A stakeholder suggested that the “FET Sector needs to develop guidance sector and structure” (stakeholder 3) where the AEGI is developed into guidance service which supply accessible information across programmes including to people walking in. The NCGE is a department-funded guidance agency which can help in the development of the FET guidance system. However, a lack of cross-organisational communication arose when drafting recent guidance strategies since SOLAS approved ETBs to create a strategy with DSP without the NCGE’s input resulting in an ill-informed strategy.’(pg.75)


Over 75 per cent of School Leavers go on to Further Education

Research published in May 2013 shows that over 50 per cent of students who were enrolled in the final year of Senior Cycle in a Department of Education & Skills-supported post-primary schools in 2010 went directly to higher education. A further 28 per cent progressed to further education, training or continued second-level education. Some 10 per cent took up employment while 7 per cent had Social Welfare claims.

In another study, DES also tracked early leavers who left DES-supported post-primary schools between the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 academic years. This research, which forms part of a new data series, found that 55 per cent of these early leavers went on to further education or training or continued in second-level education in Ireland such as Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses. A further 14 per cent were enrolled in education or training outside of the State and amongst the early leavers, 6.6 per cent had Social Welfare claims while another 6 per cent had joined the workforce during 2010.
To access the reports please click on links below

To access the reports please click on links below:

 

 

PLC / CFE Guidance Provision

PLCs are full-time and last for one to two years and are often offered in Colleges of Further Education (CFEs). They offer a mixture of practical and academic work and work experience. They are designed as a step towards skilled employment and are closely linked to industry and its needs. PLCs are also provide very useful progression paths to Higher Education.

Post Leaving Certificate courses adopt an integrated approach, focusing on technical knowledge, core skills and work experience. Courses are delivered in a wide range of subjects, such as business studies, childcare, community care, computing and technology, e-commerce, horticulture, multimedia production, sport and leisure and tourism. The courses generally led to major awards at NFQ Levels 5 and 6.

Guidance in Post Leaving Certificate Colleges of Further Education is currently allocated in accordance with:

http://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-guidance practitionersCirculars/cl0012_2017.pdf

Currently this provision is based on the post primary allocation, with College management and Guidance staff focusing on the needs of the students for the duration of their studies in that college. The Guidance programme focuses on educational, personal, social and career opportunities. Guidance counsellors may also be involved in the wider college activities such as open days or VTOS co-ordination etc.  The guidance service is available to the students attending the college and occurs on site and during college and academic term opening hours.  Guidance interventions may include CAO and Mature student application to Higher Education, CV, Interview and job seeking skills, coordination of Work experience modules, personal development programmes, and one-to-one guidance counselling where appropriate. PLC colleges and VTOS centres are actively engaged with Higher Education (HE) providers to offer PLC and VTOS students enhanced progression routes into HE courses on completion of their courses

NCGE provides advice, support, materials, CPD and resources for PLC Guidance Counsellors.

School Guidance Compliance Return

UPDATED 30th June 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE: The attached documents set out and clarify the questions which will be asked in the online compliance survey which is now available on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

IT IS NOT THE SURVEY ITSELF.

This question set is provided to support schools in their preparation for the online compliance survey. Having access to the questions in advance of completing the survey will allow schools time to collect the relevant data and to prepare their responses to the questions asked. It will also ensure that the online survey can be completed within the time set for it.


Notification of Online Compliance Survey to Principals - May 2017

Fógra faoi shuirbhé ar líne faoi chomhlíontacht


DES FULL QUESTIONNAIRE - 30th May 2017

Suirbhé Comhlíontachta - Sampla - Ní hé seo an suirbhé


WORKED EXAMPLE - 30th May 2017

Freagairt Shamplach


NCGE Contact


School Guidance Compliance Return - 30th June 2017

Tuairisceán faoi Chomhlíontas um Threoir Scoile


Department Circulars 01/2016, 02/2016 and 03/2016 ‘approved allocation of teaching posts’  sets out Guidance as ‘a whole school activity where each school collaboratively develops a Whole-School guidance plan as a means of supporting the needs of students. It is important that all members of staff fully recognise and ensure that guidance permeates every aspect of school life. Guidance plans should outline the school’s approach to guidance generally and how students can be supported and assisted in making choices and successful transitions in the personal and social, educational and career areas’. In this respect, schools are required to ensure that the specific allocation for guidance is used to support students’ needs as set out in the Whole-School Guidance Plan for your school.

Schools should consider how best to align resource allocation with the objectives of the Whole-School Guidance Plan. It is important that a Board of Management of a school exercise oversight by reviewing and updating the Plan at regular intervals. Specifically the Board should consider the plan and how it is resourced before it adopts the plan and makes it available to all staff, parents and students. As part of this important oversight role, arrangements should be put in place whereby the school’s guidance plan is presented to the Board of Management annually.

The purpose of this compliance return is to establish that schools are using their allocation for guidance in accordance with the terms of the Department Circulars outlined above. It is important to note that data returned by schools as required by this compliance return may be subjected to auditing, whole school evaluations and incidental inspections.
A similar compliance survey will be conducted in 2018 which will focus on the use of improved resource provision for the Whole School Guidance Plan provided in circulars 10/17, 11/2017 and 12/17.

The survey requires some preparation on the part of the school to gather relevant information and, for that reason, the survey questions are available above together with a document giving some sample answers. NCGE are available to provide advice and support during this preparation phase.

The on-line survey may now be accessed via the links below:

School Guidance Compliance Return

Tuairisceán faoi Chomhlíontas um Threoir Scoile

Further advice on how to complete the survey is provided in the ‘online welcome note’ on the survey’s webpage.

The final date for the completion of the online questionnaire is 26th October 2017.

National Forum on Guidance - First Meeting 2017

The first meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2017 was held on Wednesday 5th of April in The Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills. At The Forum, representatives from a cross section of guidance sectors met to inform further considerations of a data gathering system for guidance which could include schools and the further development of the Adult Guidance database.



The theme of discussions was “Data Gathering in Guidance and for Guidance”.
This theme reflected the “Action Plan for Education 2017” which includes reference to   “strengthening guidance counselling” and particularly Objective 1.1 - Action 10 “DES will work with the NCGE to gather data on how guidance resources are currently allocated in schools...”

The agenda for the day is available to view or download HERE

NCGE represented Ireland and the DES from 2007- 2015 at the European Commission funded European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELPGN).  NCGE was directly involved in the development of guidelines for Member States on policy and systems development in guidance and on the development of quality assurance and evidence base in guidance. 

Opening the Forum meeting Jennifer McKenzie, Director of NCGE, outlined the European context and overarching framework, within which, data gathering in guidance is pivotal. She referred back to three of the ELPGN ‘Tools’ that are designed to help policy-makers and other stakeholders to review existing lifelong guidance provision within their country or region, and to identify issues requiring attention and gaps that need to be filled, drawing from practices in other European countries.

These were: (you can click through on each heading to the ELPGN tool applicable)

Jennifer placed particular emphasis on Guidelines for Policies and Systems development for Lifelong Guidance and in particular ‘Guideline 4’ - Assessing the Effectiveness of Lifelong Guidance Provision.

Assessing effectiveness refers to the collection and analysis of data through research and other means on the usage and effectiveness of lifelong guidance policies, systems and interventions, and their evaluation. Such data collection includes information on outcomes, outputs, processes and inputs in the education, training, employment and social fields.

For Jennifer's full presentation please click HERE


Dr Lucy Hearne, School of Education, University of Limerick addressed the Forum and highlighted;

• the relevancy of data gathering to quality assurance in guidance
• evaluation and the potential impacts within guidance
• evidence based frameworks
• underlying assumptions regarding data gathering in guidance
• evaluation in guidance services; types of data
• a constructivist evaluation framework
• a matrix of outcomes in adult guidance
• further consideration for practice

Following on from her presentation, Lucy took questions from the floor and heard from guidance practitioners of their own experience of the current work environment for their students/clients.  It was expressed that Lucy had given some clarity to the idea of data gathering in guidance particularly from a qualitative perspective.

For Lucy's full presentation please click HERE


NCGE were very pleased to have Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD attend and highlight the important role that guidance has in the educational experience. The Minister made particular reference to the importance of data gathering.


NCGE is pleased that The Minister is encouraging further national dialogue on the need for up to date data, both quantitative and qualitative, to inform national policy.


“I welcome the work the NCGE is doing with my Department to seek to examine the impact and usage of the restoration of guidance posts to schools ‘outside of the quota’. It is important that we are able to measure the results and impacts of our actions, to ensure that the best use is being made of public resources committed to this area. There is also an opportunity to learn from best practice.  I note that the theme of the forum today is ‘Data Gathering in Guidance and for Guidance’ and I welcome the shared importance attached to this issue’

He also expressed his understanding that:

"It is important that we start to think about evidence gathering I am equally conscious that those at the coal face worry about the ‘bean counters’ who might impose very rigid measurements on them. In the ideal environment what we are trying to do is to set some core measures that are important in every school or sector but also have the flexibility that people can choose their own measures relevant to their unique setting"

NCGE is pleased that The Minister is encouraging further national dialogue on the need for up to date data, both quantitative and qualitative, to inform national policy.


Andrea Eller, Board of the Swiss Conference of vocational, academic and career counseling directors spoke next. Andrea is both a practitioner, and on a national level, a member of a working group focusing on the development of guidance service quality.  This group recently completing a revision of a guidance statistical data catalogue.

Whereas Lucy’s presentation approached data gathering in a qualitative manner, Andrea gave day to day examples of empirical data gathering in practice that were very well received.

Andrea outlined: 

• the organisational structure of the vocational counselling system in Switzerland
• the role of guidance counsellors and the framework in which they operate
• the approach / structure of data gathering and the type(s) of data sought
• empirical examples of data collected
• the need for constant revision of models and methodologies in gathering

Again, following on from her presentation, Andrea took questions from the floor and clarified aspects in relation to how the Swiss model uses the data to monitor the progress of clients / students. Andrea made sample Excel sheets available demonstrating the format and question types currently in use.

For Andrea's full presentation please click HERE


Facilitated group discussions of those present provided an opportunity for members to reflect on information they had received from the speakers and The Minister. 

Two questions were asked ahead of the group discussion.

These were:

1. How can what you have heard in the presentations inform data gathering systems in guidance?

2. How can guidance data be used to:
a. Inform public perception?
b. Inform policy for guidance locally / regionally / nationally?



In the final discussion, representations were made from each working group and a summary report of the feedback received can be viewed HERE

It was agreed that NCGE will use this information and feedback as part of the basis for discussion with DES and The Minister in the context of developing a data gathering framework under the “Action Plan for Education 2017”.

NATIONAL FORUM ON GUIDANCE - SECOND MEETING 2016

The National Forum on Guidance (NFG) met on 19th October 2016 in the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills. Attendees included representatives from AHECS, IGC, AEGAI, PLC guidance provision, DSP, DES, Job Centres, LES, Intreo, NEPS, AHEAD, Careersportal, Youth Information Service, QQI, ETBI, Léargas, Youthreach, AONTAS and NAPD.

At the last meeting in May 2016, it was agreed that the NFG would promote to the Regional Skills Fora and the Dept. of Education and Skills, that there would be representation for guidance at the Regional Skills Fora nationally. In this regard, it was timely to discuss the benefits and requirements of networking and representation in and for guidance.

Presentations with opportunities for questions and answers were followed by facilitated group discussions and feedback session.

Presentations included:

1. Guide+: A European Project Piloting Localised Training Modules for Guidance Practitioners
Presenter: Julie McCafferty, European Projects Manager, Ballymun Job Centre

2. Regional Skills Forum (RSF) Dublin
Presenter: Natasha Kinsella, Regional Skills Forum Manager, Dublin

3. Networking Locally, Nationally and Europe-wide
Presenter: Jennifer McKenzie, Director, NCGE

Group discussions were facilitated to discuss the following 4 questions:

1. What local guidance-related networks are you involved in in your area (formal & informal)?

2. What can we (i.e. NFG and you) do to improve networking and co-operation at local and national level?

3. What information could be generated locally to inform RSF? How do we feedback this information to the RSF?

4. Who should the RSF Managers engage with or contact regionally?

Agreed outcome of discussions:

In the final discussion representation for guidance at local, regional and national level was considered. The RSF Manager for Dublin suggested that it might be more appropriate for guidance representation to be sought at local RSF level in relation to specific issues and/or sub-sectors and that she had initial discussions with her RSF colleagues in this regard.

It was agreed by those attending that, as there are several representative bodies for guidance providers across the country, it would be most beneficial if the RSF at regional level were made aware of who these representative bodies are, and how to contact them directly.

It was agreed that NCGE would develop such a document to provide to the RSF manager for Dublin, with the request to forward on this information to her RSF colleagues (available also on www.ncge.ie).

AGENDA

The agenda for the meeting is available for download here.

REPORTS

The report on discussions at the second meeting of 2016 is available for download here.

Information for Regional Skills Fora is available for download here.

NATIONAL FORUM ON GUIDANCE - FIRST MEETING 2016

The first meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2016 was held on Wednesday 25th of May 2016, The Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills. With recent developments in the programme for government, the National Skills Strategy 2025 and Call for Consultation process on the Statement of StrategyJames Eustace, SOLAS, Mary Liz Trant, SOLAS, Phil O Flaherty, DES, Jennifer McKenzie, NCGE and Conor Minogue, IBEC 2016-2018, NCGE felt it was timely for members of the National Forum on Guidance to look at the Opportunities for Guidance in the Skills Agenda. Forum members appeared to agree with a strong attendance from all invited organisations at this meeting. Representatives from Eurodesk, EPALE, Get Youth into IT (GYIT) and Euroguidance attended the meeting to meet with Forum members and provide updates on their projects.

The focus of the National Forum on Guidance is to bring together practitioners, stakeholders and policy makers involved in guidance, to discuss issues of relevance to and for guidance and   subsequently support co-operation and collaboration of the various providers across the lifelong guidance spectrum. Opening the Forum meeting, Jennifer McKenzie, Director of NCGE, referred to the feedback received from the survey undertaken at the closing meeting of 2015. To this regard the survey has highlighted the opportunity for networking is valuable yet the purpose of the Forum needs to be clear. The discussion questions for this Forum are very clearly designed so that stakeholders can direct their questions and feedback back to invited speakers from IBEC, DES and SOLAS.

Conor Minogue, Senior Education Executive with IBEC addressed the Forum and highlighted the changing world of work. The question of how we prepare people for this uncertainty and change is pertinent. Given the complexity and changing nature of enterprise, occupations and the skills
required, career guidance and careers information, for school goers and adult learners is essential for good course and career choices for individuals. Conor outlined IBEC’s key priorities in relation to
• Developing relevant skills & employability
• Career Guidance
• More 3rd level options

Following on from his presentation, Conor took questions from the floor and heard from guidance practitioners of their own experience of the current work environment for their students/clients. Phil O Flaherty, Principal Officer with the Further Education and Training Section of DES, opened his presentation by saying that the National Forum on Guidance is a symbolic event by bringing so many interested stakeholders together into the Department. He addressed the forum and outlined the architecture of the National Skills Strategy. Within this strategy, the DES is working on providing a genuine holistic oversight of the system, to produce a series of time bound commitments and a clear need to strengthen relationships locally. To this end the Regional Skills Fora have been developed to provide a space for structured conversation around skill priorities. Following on from his presentation, Phil took questions from the floor and answered how he would see guidance represented at regional fora.

Phyllis Farrell, Plunkett College and James Eustace, SOLAS discuss apprenticeshipsThe third presentation of this meeting was given by Dr Mary Liz Trant and James Eustace of SOLAS. They took this opportunity to share with the Forum the ambitious project to make apprenticeships a source of talent for companies. Solas is keen to get the message across that apprenticeships are a real and viable option for all, transforming status and allowing for social inclusiveness. They outlined the changes in the apprenticeship system as well as detailing the 25 new apprenticeships in development since the Call for proposals. They put it to the forum to look at what steps do we need to take collectively to establish apprenticeship as a large scale, sought after option for skills development and employment in Ireland. Their presentation led to a lot of questions from the floor about how SOLAS see this programme working in practice.

Facilitated group discussions of those present provided an opportunity for members to reflect on information they had received from IBEC, DES and SOLAS. NCGE were delighted that some of those presenting were able to stay to participate in the group discussions and to be heard and hear from guidance practitioners.

The meeting came to a swift end as the facilitated discussions proved lively and informative. Jennifer McKenzie drew attention that the next meeting of the National Forum on Guidance will be held on Wednesday, 19th October 2016

AGENDA

The agenda for the meeting is available for download here.

FINAL REPORT

The final report on discussions at the first meeting of 2016 is available for download here.

PRESENTATIONS

Jennifer MacKenzie, Director, NCGE: Welcome and introduction. Brief outline of current guidance provision developments as part of National Skills Strategy

Conor Minogue, Senior Education Executive, IBEC: A business perspective on skills & guidance requirements

Phil O'Flaherty, Principal Officer, Further Education and Training Section, DES: National Skills Strategy - Regional Skills Fora

Dr Mary-Liz Trant and James Eustace, SOLAS: Development of apprenticeship in Ireland
 

Improved general allocation and guidance in Post-primary staffing levels

Circulars 0001/2016 - 0003/2016 from the Department of Education and Skills (DES) outline teacher allocation posts for 2016/2017 in:

  • Community and comprehensive schools
  • Education and training boards
  • Voluntary secondary schools

The circulars detail how schools’ management could consider how best to align the new resource allocation with the objectives of the whole school guidance plan .

For further detail on whole school guidance planning please see http://www.schoolguidancehandbook.ncge.ie

National Forum on Guidance Second Meeting 2015

The second meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2015 was held on Thursday, 3rd December in The Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills. Continuing the theme of Lifelong Guidance - Building the Evidence Base, the meeting also marked the launch of three new ELGPN publications by Dr. Raimo Vourinen, who presented these final ELGPN tools to DES representative Breda Naughton. The tools (see links below) provide guidelines and reference framework resources to help member states to review national, regional and local guidance policies and practice.

Both Jennifer McKenzie, Director of NCGE, and Dr Vuorinen focussed on the work that has been achieved to date during Ireland’s full status membership of the ELGPN and the Network’s focussed work programme.

NCGE announced that, in order to continue the work described in ELGPN tool No. 5 of quality assurance and evidence based-policy and systems development, it seeks to establish a working group from Forum members to focus on and establish QAE guidelines at national level in order to reflect requirements in the Irish context.

Facilitated group discussions of those present provided an opportunity for members to reflect on how the three tools – CMS, QAE and Guidelines - could be used, from local to regional to national level.

In the final Feedback plenary discussion, the members reflected on the following key points that had arisen at the table discussion on how the tools would support practice and inform guidance related policies:

  • These tools could provide the framework for the National infrastructure of inter-departmental collaboration and the development of a national guidance strategy.
  • A dissemination of the tools and implementation of strategy is a vital next step, i.e. to use these documents/tools to increase awareness and understanding of Lifelong Guidance.
  • These tools would support a clarification and a national role definition for guidance.
  • Data gathering on and for guidance is clearly essential and should be collated at local, regional and national level.
  • We should not lose sight of the client at the centre of our work

NCGE closed proceedings by thanking those organisations who have participated and contributed to the Forum discussions to date and clarified that, with the support of the Department of Education and Skills, the National Forum on Guidance will continue into 2016.

Forum representatives are encouraged to complete the survey (see link below) to inform planning for future Forum meetings and activities.

AGENDA

The agenda for the meeting is available for download here.

ELPGN TOOLS

ELGPN Tools No. 4: Designing and Implementing Policies Related Career Management Skills
ELGPN Tools No. 5: Strengthening the Quality Assurance and Evidence-Base for Lifelong Guidance
ELGPN Tools No. 6: Guidelines for Policies and SystemsDevelopment for Lifelong Guidance

PRESENTATIONS:

Jennifer McKenzie, Director NCGE: Testing the European Resource Kit in Ireland: Developments since 2013
Dr. Raimo Vourinen, Coordinator ELGPN: Launch of ELGPN publications 2015

DISCUSSION NOTES

QAE and CMS (PDF)
ELGPN Guidelines (PDF)
Plenary Feedback from Discussions at the NFG 3 Dec 2015 (PDF)

National Forum on Guidance First Meeting 2015

The first meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2015 was held on Friday, May 8th in the Clock Tower, DES, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. Please click on the link to see the Agenda.

The focus of this meeting continued the theme of Lifelong Guidance – Building the Evidence Base, with specific emphasis on the Voice of the User/Citizen. NCGE was delighted to welcome speakers from “Young Voices” – a  group facilitated by DCYA and NYCI who provided us with the “Voice of the User”.

Jennifer McKenzie, Director NCGE: Welcome, and Update on ELPGN (Powerpoint, PDF 631kb)

Young Voices National Implementation Project (NIP): Young Voices National Implementation Project (NIP) Cycle 2 of European Structured Dialogue: Social Inclusion. (PowerPoint, PDF 811kb))

Key points noted during group discussions: Q&A – The role of Guidance Counselling in Supporting Social Inclusion for Young People. (PDF 401kb)

Pauline Cudmore: ‘The student’s voice in evidence informed guidance practise in the school’. A specific perspective from a voluntary all girl secondary school based in a town north of Cork city. (PowerPoint, PDF 549kb)

Ursula Kearney, NCGE: Quality Assurance and Self Evaluation: The Voice of the Adult (PowerPoint, PDF 1mb)

Breda Naughton, DES: Supporting a Better Transition from Second Level to Higher Education: Implementation and Next Steps (PowerPoint, PDF 479kb)

Key points noted during group discussions: Q&A - QAE - Element 2.0 Citizen/User Involvement. (PDF 307kb)

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National Forum on Guidance 3rd meeting of 2013-2014

NCGE hosted the third meeting of the Forum for 2013-14 at the Ashling Hotel in Dublin on 30th April 2014.

Representatives from various sectors of the guidance community attended, and participated in workshops focusing on evidence and policy in guidance.


Pictured at the forum meeting are Dr Pete Lunn and Dr Deirdre Hughes

Information and presentations to download:
Jennifer McKenzie, Director of NCGE, download here;
Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE, UK Commissioner and Chair National Careers Council, UK, download here;
Dr Pete Lunn, Senior Researcher ESRI. See Dr Lunn's paper 'Researchers Imply, Policymakers Infer: the Relationship Between Evidence and Policy'

NCGE attending external events

NCGE and NCGE staff members are invited to present/ participate in many national and international events every year.

Dyslexia & Drug use: NCGE’s FET Guidance Coordinator Mary Stokes attended DAI / Soilse’s event in the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission (IHREC) Offices Dublin 12/07/2017

The event was very well attended with DAI’s Head of Psychological and Educational Services; Donald Ewing and Donal Rice of IHREC (Irish Human Rights & Equality Agency) made excellent presentations while two speakers told movingly of their lived experiences of Dyslexia. The event presented a challenge for FET, and for Guidance Counsellors working in this sector. Mary has been engaging with DAI and others in discussions regarding the challenges of offering useful & viable supports to learners.

‘People with Dyslexia will often tell you that the word Dyslexia is very helpful to them and gives them a word to describe their difficulties’

Click HERE for more information


ICCDPP International Symposium 2017

On behalf of the DES, the NCGE Chairman, Paul King and NCGE Director, Jennifer McKenzie, attended the ICCDPP in June in Seoul, South Korea. DES was instrumental in the original establishment of the ICCDPP as the current Director, John McCarthy, was formerly the first Director of NCGE.

The focus of the global discussion was on the future of guidance (also referred to internationally as career development) and its continued relevance in the context of changes in education and employment in recent years. Representatives of OECD, CEDEFOP and the European Training Foundation participated in the three-day symposium who's theme was - Career Development :At the Crossroads towards Relevance and Impact. A communiqué for dissemination globally was issued following the symposium.

Below is a copy of this Symposium Communiqué a, brief NCGE report on the discussions and The Ireland Country Paper submitted in advance of attendance. NCGE has suggested that the planned DES Review of Guidance would be well placed to consider the recommendations of the communiqué in the further development of any guidance strategy.

Downloads:

Symposium Communiqué - July 2017

NCGE Summary Report - July 2017

Ireland, Country Paper - June 2017

Click HERE to access the ICCDPP 2017 Symposium Website


IAEVG International Conference. September 2015.
Jennifer McKenzie, Director of NCGE, attended the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) conference in Tsukuba, Japan from 18 - 21 September 2015.  The theme of the conference was Restructuring Careers Over Unexpected Powerful Forces and Jennifer presented on the subject of Evidence based policies and practices in Ireland: developing a cross-sectoral approach, as part of the Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation: What We Know Works symposium, chaired by Dr Deirdre Hughes.

Download the presentation (pdf) here.


Education Matters Yearbook 8 - Review of 2014 - Guide to 2015
Education Matters Yearbook 8 was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan, in the NUI, Merrion Square, Dublin on 9th December, 2014. Jennifer McKenzie, Director of NCGE, attended the event as a contributor to the Yearbook, with an article in the Overview of Further Education section (Chapter 5, page 207).


IGC Conference 2014
Jennifer McKenzie, Director of NCGE, spoke at the Institute of Guidance Counsellor's (IGC) conference in Dublin on 21st March 2014.The speech was made in the context of the research poster presentation event which took place at this year's conference. View here

NCGE opinion films

Following NCGE’s successful week of events in March 2013, on the theme of ‘Building the Evidence Base’, we spoke to conference delegates and international experts to discover their opinions on what is the most critical aspect of Lifelong Guidance: Building the Evidence Base. The result has been the production of one introductory and 11 short opinion films which have great relevance to guidance in Ireland and Europe today. These films can be viewed here.

 

Freedom of Information and AIE

The National Centre for Guidance in Education became subject to the Freedom of Information Act with effect from 31st May 2006.

The Act asserts the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals.

The FOI Act 2014 provides that every person has the following legal rights:

  • the right to access official records held by Government Departments and all public bodies that conform to the provisions of Section 6 of the Act;
  • the right to have personal information held on them corrected or updated where such information is incomplete, incorrect or misleading; and
  • the right to be given reasons for decisions taken by public bodies that affect them.

These rights mean that from a certain date (31 May 2006 in respect of NCGE), people can seek access to personal information held on them no matter when the information was created, and to other records created after 31 May 2006

Routinely available information is available on our website www.ncge.ie. In accordance with the requirements of the FOI Act, the NCGE has compiled a FOI Section 15 & 16 Reference Book as a guide to the functions, records, rules and practices of the NCGE. Read HERE

Which records?

The following records come within the scope of the FOI Acts:

  • all records relating to personal information held by NCGE irrespective of when they were created
  • all other records created from the commencement of the FOI Act for NCGE (31 May 2006)
  • any records necessary to the understanding of a current record even if created prior to 31 May 2006
  • personnel records of serving staff created from 31 May 2006 and those created prior to that date where being used or proposed to be used in a way which adversely affects or may affect the person involved.

However, in order to allow Government business to be properly conducted, it will sometimes be necessary to exempt from release certain types of information in some circumstances. These are set out in the Act. Among the key exemptions are records relating to:

  • Government meetings,
  • law enforcement and security,
  • confidential and commercially sensitive information,
  • personal information (other than information relating to the person making the request).

Requests may also be refused if they are deemed too voluminous or unclear but Léargas is obliged to assist the requester in trying to overcome this.

Is there a charge?

There is no charge for submitting a request.

In respect of non-personal requests, other charges may be applied for the time spent finding records and for any reproduction costs incurred by NCGE in providing you with the material requested (search, retrieval and copying charges). Where the cost of search, retrieval and copying is less than €101, no fee is charged.  Where the cost of search, retrieval and copying is greater than €500 but less than €700, a maximum charge of €500 applies.  Where the cost of search, retrieval and copying is greater than €700, NCGE can refuse to process the request.

Applications under the FOI Act

Under the FOI Act, anyone is entitled to apply for access to information not otherwise publicly available.

Applications under the FOI Act should be addressed to:

David Cullen

Freedom of Information Officer

NCGE, Avoca House

189 - 193 Parnell Street

Dublin 1

D01 P6X2

Your application should be made in writing and, if applicable, accompanied by the appropriate fee (see NCGE Section 15 & 16 Reference Book for details). An application in respect of your personal information is free under Section 7 of the FOI Act. Any applicable fee should be paid by Bank Draft, Money Order, Postal Order or cheque drawn on a bank in the Republic of Ireland, made payable to the National Centre for Guidance in Education.

You may use the form entitled ‘Request for Access to Records under the Freedom of Information Acts' which is available on www.foi.gov.ie.

If you are not using the form outlined above, then your application should indicate that the information is sought under the Freedom of Information Act.

For further information about the Freedom of Information legislation, please again refer to the FOI website

Access to Information on the Environment

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government requests annual statistical information in relation to AIE (Access to Information on the Environment) requests received by the Department of Education and Skills and bodies under its aegis (of which NCGE is one). NCGE provides statistics on any requests it receives to the DES.

Click here for summaries of AIE requests, as gathered by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

The AIE contact person in NCGE is David Cullen whom you can contact at david.cullen@ncge.ie

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Complaint Handling

Complaint Handling

From 1st May 2013, NCGE will be subject to review by the Office of the Ombudsman, www.ombudsman.ie and the Ombudsman for Children's Office, www.oco.ie For further information on the Complaints procedures in the National Centre for Guidance in Education please contact ncgeinfo@ncge.ie

NCGE - Testing the European Resource Kit

What’s involved?
NCGE is working with AEGI, AHECS, DSP, IGC and Directors of Studies in Guidance Counselling, to review the frameworks outlined in the European Resource Kit.  Each agency / organisation has been asked to review two sections of the Framework and test them out in their own sector.

Looking at the Quality Assurance and evidence based practice (QAE)
- do the 5 quality elements make sense in their sector? 
- What data do we already have in each sector to reflect these key quality elements?
- Would these 5 elements provide the appropriate evidence for quality guidance provision in their sector? 
- Are there other key elements, criteria or indicators that we would need to include in an Irish context?
- What can we, in Ireland, feedback to the ELGPN about this QAE Framework?

Looking at Career Management Skills (CMS)
- are we documenting the expected outcomes of guidance that can be reflected in an objective and quality assured way?
- What CMS are being supported by guidance providers across all the different sectors?
- Does the Framework, as developed in the Resource Kit, support both the identification of these CMS’ and the methodologies of guidance provision to develop these skills?
NCGE has developed documentation to support this work at sector level, using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to provide discussion fora and facilitate online sharing of ideas and documentation.

What is the timeline?
NCGE will continue to work with the organisations and agencies who have begun this process, we welcome interest from other organisations who may wish to participate in the project.  We plan to support groups to test the Kit in their sector from October – December 2013.  We will gather data and feedback from January – March 2014.  We hope to bring the initial data findings to the Forum for comment and further discussion in April.  NCGE plans to present the final report of testing the European Resource Kit for Ireland to the Forum meeting in October 2014.

National Forum on Guidance Second meeting of 2013

NCGE hosted the second meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2013-14 in the Clock Tower of the Department of Education and Skills on Wednesday 16th October. This second meeting followed the National conference on Guidance: Lifelong Guidance Building the Evidence Base, on March 1st last, where Minister Ruairí Quinn launched the process of testing the European Resource Kit in the Irish context.

The meeting consisted largely of workshops based on the testing of the European Resource Kit, which has been developed by the ELGPN. Follow these links for more information on the ELGPN and Testing the Resource Kit.

Focused on the quality elements of the QAE framework and identifying and planning for supporting the development of CMS for the future - the facilitated workshops and group discussions provided the chance for participants from all sectors to share information and compare and contrast guidance provision in a structured way.  The groups were also encouraged to consider how they, in each of their own sectors, can begin to work collaboratively on an inter-agency and intra-agency basis.

Presentations to download:

Jennifer McKenzie: Welcome and Introduction

Dave Kilmartin: Setting the scene... What should we think about now?

Jennifer McKenzie and Dave Kilmartin

Pictured: Dave Kilmartin, Head of DIT's Career Development Centre, and Jennifer McKenizie, Director NCGE - who presented at the meeting and facilitated the workshops.

NCGE Management of Guidance Committee 2013-2016

Chairperson: Paul King

Members, September 2013: Colum Layton, Breda Naughton, Jim Mullin, Fidelma Collins, John Wynne, Peter Brown, Shira Mehlman, Ursula Finnegan, Gerry Flynn, Elaine Quinn, Jennifer McKenzie Director NCGE (ex–officio)

Management of Guidance Committee

STAKEHOLDERS REPRESENTED

AEGAI The Adult Education Guidance Association was set up in 2001 to represent the staff working in the AEGIs. In 2007 the AEGA was renamed the Adult Educational Guidance Association of Ireland. See AEGAI website for more information.

Department of Education and Skills (DES). The Department of Education and Skills is the department of the Irish state with responsibility for education and training. See DES website for more information.

DES Inspectorate has a key role in quality assurance in all areas of education and contributes to the development of Departmental policy on Guidance.  See DES website for more information.

Directors of Studies of Guidance Counselling meet to examine the provision of initial and in-service training available for guidance counsellors as well as the development of CPD and induction programmes for graduates. Read More

SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) is the Further Education and Training Authority operating under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills.  Website

Higher Education Authority (National Access Office) is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland. See HEA/National Access Office website for more information.

The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) is the professional body representing over 1,200 guidance practitioners working in second and third level education, in adult guidance services, private practice and in other settings. See IGC website for more information.

Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work. See Leargas website for more information.

National Association of Principals and Deputy Prinicipals (NAPD) aims to provide a united voice nationally for Principals and Deputy Principals at post-primary level on issues of common concern. See NAPD website for more information.

12th Plenary Meeting

The 12th Plenary Meeting and 1st Policy Review Meeting of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, an associated event of the Irish Presidency for the EU, took place in Dublin on the 27th and 28th February 2013.

This meeting was attended by Dr Raimo Vuorinen, EU Commission representatives Koen Nomden and Susanne Kratz,  representatives of CEDEFOP, members of the ELGPN, observers and invited guests and was launched by Mr. Ciarán Cannon TD, Minister with responsibility for Training and Skills. Opening the meeting, Minister Cannon welcomed the guests by saying;

" I would like to acknowledge the co-operation and the active participation of all those involved in the ELGPN. The success of the ELGPN to date highlights that the open method of co-ordination and structured peer learning activities can support developments across the EU. I welcome the lighting of your new ELGPN candle here today in Dublin as a symbol of the continuity of your work across your Membership countries."Minister Ciarán Cannon TD and Jennifer McKenzie, NCGE at 12th Plenary Meeting, ELGPN

Referring to his involvement with the National Forum on Guidance since 2011, Minister Cannon said

"Returning to the major work of the ELGPN in the next two years, I look forward to receiving your report on the results of the Testing of the European Resource Kit, which will be the focus of the ELGPN programme for 2013-14. Ireland will include a focus on quality assurance and evidence based practice in guidance. This will help to inform our policies on guidance in to the future, including the development of appropriate guidance within the further education and training sector."

Presentations from the 12th Plenary Meeting

 

Academia - European Exchange

From Monday 15th - Friday 19th April, 2013, NCGE was delighted to welcome a group of European guidance counsellors to Dublin to participate in Academia - European Exchange of Guidance Counsellors 2013. These visitors had the opportunity to learn about guidance provision and qualifications and competences required to work in various educational settings in Ireland. A closer look at initial education and training for guidance was included as well as site visits to various educational settings.

Who participated in Academia 2013?
This information booklet gives a brief introduction to the Guidance Counsellors who took part. Read More

Timetable:  Workshops and Site Visits

  • Monday 15th April - 9.30 -17.30 - NCGE Offices, Fitwilliam Court, Leeson Close, Dublin 2 - Overview of Guidance in Ireland
  • Tuesday 16th April - 9.30 -17.30 - Post Primary Schools - Greater Dublin Area (Group will be divided in smaller sub groups and will travel independently to post primary schools in the Dublin area)
  • Wednesday 17th April - 9.30 -17.30 - Adult Educational Guidance Service, Crumlin, Dublin; Youthreach, Crumlin.
  • Thursday 18th April - 10.00 - 13.00 - NCGE Offices - Reflections on place of Guidance in Educations Systems 14.00 - 16.00 Dublin Business School Careers Service and 16.30 - 18.00 Students of Guidance DCU
  • Friday 19th April - 9.30 - 17.30 - Trinity College Dublin - Meeting with Directors of Studies; Review and Evaluation of Academia; Higher Education Access Programme and Trinity Access Programme.

National Forum on Guidance First Meeting of 2013

Minister Ruairí Quinn TD formally launched the testing of the Lifelong Guidance Policy Development: European Resource Kit at the National Conference on Guidance on Friday March 1st, 2013.  The Conference marked the first meeting of the National Forum on Guidance for the 2013-14 programme. NCGE invites members of the Forum to participate in a programme for the next two years to test the European Resource Kit. The testing of this resource will provide a structure for sharing information, a mapping exercise for guidance in Ireland and a formal methodology for gathering evidence of our Lifelong Guidance Systems in Ireland. Videos of speeches can be viewed here and powerpoint presentations are available to download

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE : Building the evidence-base: returns on investment in guidance practice (42 mins)/ Powerpoint presentation (PDF 2.37 MB)


Koen Nomden of DG EAC : Rethinking Education Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes (20 mins)/ Powerpoint presentation(PDF 760kb) 


Susanne Kraatz from DG EMPL : Youth Employment Package and Guidance (20 mins)/ Powerpoint presentation (PDF 414kb)


 Jennifer McKenzie and Raimo Vuorinen : Testing the European Resource Kit in the Irish Context (9 mins)/ Powerpoint presentation (PDF 720kb)


Dr John McCarthy: Final Reflections (16 mins)


 

National Forum on Guidance

NATIONAL FORUM ON GUIDANCE 2017

The first meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2017 was held on Wednesday 5th April 2017 in The Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills. The theme was 'Data gathering in Guidance and for Guidance'. Attendees included representatives from IGC, AONTAS, AEGAI, TUI, DES, National Youth Council, Youthreach, DSP, NAPD, SOLAS, AHEAD, ACCS, Ballymun Job centre, Local Employment Support Network, NEPS, TCD, DCU, UL, Careers Portal and QQI .

Please click on the link above to see agenda, presentations and outputs.

NATIONAL FORUM ON GUIDANCE 2016

The second meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2016 was held on Wednesday 19th October 2016 in The Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills. The theme was Networking and Representation in Guidance. Attendees included representatives from AHECS, IGC, AEGAI, PLC guidance provision, DSP, DES, Job Centres, LES, Intreo, NEPS, AHEAD, Careersportal, Youth Information Service, QQI, ETBI, Léargas, Youthreach, AONTAS and NAPD.

Please click on the link above to see the presentations and agenda.


The first meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2016 was held on Wednesday 25th of May 2016, The Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills. With recent developments in the programme for government, the National Skills Strategy 2025 and Call for Consultation process on the Statement of Strategy 2016-2018, NCGE felt it was timely for members of the National Forum on Guidance to look at the Opportunities for Guidance in the Skills Agenda. Forum members appeared to agree with a strong attendance from all invited organisations at this meeting. Representatives from Eurodesk, EPALE, Get Youth into IT (GYIT) and Euroguidance attended the meeting to meet with Forum members and provide updates on their projects.

Please click on the link above to see the presentations and agenda.


NATIONAL FORUM ON GUIDANCE 2015

The DES and NCGE Management of Guidance Committee have approved the continuation of the National Forum on Guidance for 2015.

The National Forum on Guidance facilitates communication and co-operation between those involved in the provision of guidance and the development and support of guidance practitioners and services. Organisations providing guidance in both the education and the public employment sector are invited to send representatives.


The second meeting of 2015 was held on Thursday, 3rd December in The Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. The new ELPGN publications, which include guidelines on policies and quality assurance in guidance, were launched at the event. Please click on the link to see the presentations and agenda.


The first meeting of 2015 was held on Friday, 8th May in The Clock Tower, DES, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1. Please see click on the link to see the presentations.

The focus of this meeting continued the theme of Lifelong Guidance – Building the Evidence Base, with specific emphasis on the Voice of the User/Citizen. NCGE was delighted to welcome speakers from “Young Voices” – a  group facilitated by DCYA and NYCI who provided us with the “Voice of the User”.



NATIONAL FORUM ON GUIDANCE 2013/2014

The DES and NCGE Management of Guidance Committee approved the continuation of the National Forum on Guidance for these two years, to coincide with our membership of the ELGPN.

NCGE as designated representative for Ireland continued with full ELGPN membership and became members of the Steering Group for the 2013/14 Work Programme.
As Ireland hosted the EU Presidency for January to June 2013, NCGE became Chair of the Steering Group for these six months.
Following the final meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2011/12, held on the 16th of October 2012 and based on the evaluation and comments from members at the meeting, NCGE proposed to the Department that the Forum would continue in the following format:

  • Four meetings – two in 2013 and two in 2014
  • Organisations were invited to participate in wider discussions at the forum meeting
  • A nominated representative and sub from each organisation was invited to form the subgroup to ensure structured planning and appropriate representation from all concerned.

NCGE invited members of the Forum to participate in a programme to test the ELGPN Lifelong Guidance Policy Development: A European Resource Kit.


The First Meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2013/14  was held on Friday 1st March, 2013 at the National Conference on Guidance where Minister Ruairí Quinn formally launched the testing of the European Resource Kit.


The Second Meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2013/14 took place on Wednesday 16th October, 2013. For more information and to download presentations click here.


The Third Meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2013/14 took place on Wednesday 30th April, 2014. Presentations and further information are available here.


The Fourth Meeting of the National Forum on Guidance 2013/14 took place on Thursday, 13th November 2014 in the Clock Tower in the Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street. Presentations and further information are available here: http://www.ncge.ie/news-article/4th-meeting-of-the-national-forum-on-guidance


Read More about the work of the National Forum on Guidance 2011/12 and evaluation and comments from the three meetings held in Oct 2011, April 2012 and Oct 2012

Archive NCGE News

NCGE News is published bi-annually. Articles from past editions can be searched for in this Contents Index. Please find a list of past editions in PDF format available to download below.

Winter 2014 Edition - Issue 42
Summer 2014 Edition - Issue 41

Winter 2013 Edition - Issue 40
Summer 2013 Special Conference Report - Issue 39

Winter 2012 Edition - Issue 38
Summer 2012 Edition - Issue 37

Winter 2011 Edition - Issue 36
Summer 2011 Edition - Issue 35

Autumn 2010 Edition - Issue 34
Spring 2010 Edition - Issue 33

Autumn 2009 Edition - Issue 32
Spring 2009 Edition - Issue 31

Winter 2008 Edition - Issue 30
Summer 2008 Edition - Issue 29
Spring 2008 Edition - Issue 28

Winter 2007 Edition - Issue 27
Spring 2007 Edition - Issue 26

National Forum on Guidance - October 16th 2012

The aim of the National Forum on Guidance is to exchange information and explore possibilities for co-operation and co-ordination across a lifelong guidance framework between the various guidance providers.

The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) would like to invite guidance practitioners to the third meeting of this Forum for facilitated group discussions and updates on European and National guidance developments.

Date - Tuesday 16th October, 10.30am to 15.45pm

Venue - Clocktower, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough St, Dublin 1

Parking - Please contact Department of Education and Skills directly to enquire about parking availability ahead of this meeting.

Lunch - A light lunch will be provided

Agenda - Available to view here

RSVP - Please contact Shivaun Gallagher on ncgeinfo@ncge.ie  to confirm your attendance or to nominate a representative from your organisation to attend.

Supervision Programme for Guidance Counsellors

The Department of Education and Skills (Teacher Education Section) funds a supervision programme for guidance counsellors working in post primary schools. This programme is co-ordinated by the Monaghan Education Centre and is overseen by a Supervision Steering Group. NCGE is the DES designated representative on this committee.

To find out more about the Supervison programme available to post primary guidance counsellors please visit the Monaghan Education Centre website or download Guidelines for the Organisation of the Professional Support for Second Level Guidance Counsellors (2012). Read full report

Academia - Sharing of Best Practice

Upon return from Academia - European Exchange of Guidance Counsellors, participants are asked to share the best practice and ideas they have encountered.

This year Catherine Carroll travelled to Latvia. '‘One word comes to mind when I think of my week in Riga, Latvia observing and learning about the education and guidance systems in this small country
of 2 million people: Creativity'. Read Full Report

Aoibheann Byrt travelled to Finland as part of her Academia Exchange. 'I was especially interested in the student support systems and I wasn't dissappointed'. Read Full Report

Julie Barkman travelled to Paris to explore the guidance provision on offer from the Centre d'Information et d'Orientation (CIO). Read Full Report

Adult Education Guidance Service Ulster region

This is a free and confidential service

Cavan and Monaghan

  • Co Cavan Adult Education Guidance and Information Service
  • Co Monaghan Adult Education Guidance and Information Service

Donegal

  • Donegal Adult Guidance and Information Service

Adult Education Guidance Service Connacht region

This is a free and confidential service.

Galway and Roscommon

  • Galway Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service
  • Galway City Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service
  • Roscommon Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service

Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim

  • Mayo Adult Education Guidance Service
  • Sligo Adult Education Guidance Service
  • Leitrim Adult Education Guidance Service

Adult Education Guidance Service Munster region

Cork

  • Cork City Adult Education Guidance Service
  • Mid Cork Adult Education Guidance Service
  • West Cork Adult Education Guidance Service
  • East Cork Adult Education Guidance Service
  • North Cork Adult Education Guidance Service
  • North West Cork Adult Education Guidance Service
  • South Cork Adult Education Guidance Service

Kerry

  • Kerry Adult Educational Guidance Service

Limerick and Clare

  • Clare Adult Educational Guidance Service
  • Co Limerick Adult Educational Guidance Service
  • Limerick City Adult Educational Guidance Service

Tipperary

  • North Tipperary Adult Education Guidance and Information Service
  • South Tipperary Adult Education Guidance and Information Service

Adult Education Guidance Service Leinster region

This is a free and confidential service

City of Dublin

  • Ballymun Adult Education Guidance Service
  • Finglas Adult Education Guidance Service
  • Arran Quay Adult Education Guidance Service
  • Crumlin Adult Educational Guidance Service

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

  • Blanchardstown Adult Education Guidance Service
  • Dun Laoghaire Adult Education Guidance Service
  • Fingal Adult Education Guidance Service
  • South County Dublin Adult Education Guidance Service
  • Tallaght Adult Education Guidance Service
  • West County Dublin Adult Education Guidance Service (Lucan/Clondalkin)

Kildare and Wicklow

  • North Kildare Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service
  • Mid Kildare Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service
  • South Kildare Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service
  • Bray Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service
  • Wicklow/Arklow Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service
  • West Wicklow Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service

Kilkenny and Carlow

  • Carlow Adult Educational Guidance Service
  • Kilkenny Adult Educational Guidance Service

Laois and Offaly

  • Laois Adult Educational Guidance Service
  • Offaly Adult Educational Guidance Service

Longford and Westmeath

  • Longford Adult Educational Guidance Service
  • Westmeath Adult Educational Guidance Service

Louth and Meath

  • Meath Adult Education Guidance Service
  • Louth Adult Education Guidance Service

Waterford and Wexford

  • Waterford Adult Educational Guidance Service
  • Wexford Adult Educational Guidance Service

Directors of Studies of Guidance Counselling

NCGE convenes the committee of Directors of Studies of Guidance Counselling (DSGC) which meets four times a year. Its terms of reference are to

  • examine existing provision of initial and in-service training for guidance counsellors.
  • consider development of induction programmes for recently trained guidance counsellors.
  • examine developments in adult education and consider the interconnection between school and adult guidance in the context of lifelong learning.
  • make proposals to the Department of Education and Skills, its agencies and other relevant parties, arising from the above.

The guidance course directors agreed, through consultative process on a course recognition framework for the initial qualification of guidance counsellors. This recognition framework enables the Department of Education and Skills to ensure that guidance counsellors employed in post primary and further education settings are appropriately qualified and have the necessary knowledge, skills and competences.

NCGE facilitates collaboration between the DSGC and other agencies such as IGC and the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Consultation with the PSI resulted in the securing of certification for the psychometric modules on the initial training programmes in guidance. Guidance counsellors graduating from these programmes will automatically have their training recognised by the PSI for administering certain psychometric tests. Those who completed their guidance counselling in the period 1999 to 2005 are also covered under this agreement.


Programme Recognition Framework: Guidance Counselling Criteria and Guidelines for Programme Providers

March 2106: The Department of Education and Skills has published a Programme Recognition Framework (PRF) which sets out criteria and guidelines for providers of initial education programmes in guidance counselling who intend that their programme graduates will work in guidance services under the remit of the Department. Read full report


The DSGC developed Counselling Competencies for Guidance Counselling Education Programmes: Interim Guidelines (2011) Read Full Report


A representative from the DSGC was nominated and appointed to the Management of Guidance Committee 2011-2012.


 

Work Programme of the ELGPN

The 2011-12 Work Programme examined how guidance as an integral element contributes to EU 2020 strategies and sectoral policy areas, e.g. schools, VET, higher education, adult education, employment and social inclusion

ACTIVITIES

The Plenary meetings are held twice a year in those countries hosting the EU presidency. Work packages of the network focus on the key areas of

  • Career Management Skills (Work Package 1)
  • Widening Access (Work Package 2)
  • Co-operation and Co-ordination Mechanisms (Work Package 3)
  • Quality Assurance and Evidence Based Practice (Work Package 4)

NCGE hosted the meeting of Work Package 4 – Quality Assurance and Evidence Based Practice in March 2012. Fourteen Member State countries were represented by 23 participants at the three day meeting held in the Department of Education and Skills, Dublin. This working group was co-ordinated and lead by the Hungarian representative Dr Tibor Bors Borbély-Pecze with Dr Deirdre Hughes as the external consultant and facilitator for the group.

During the ELGPN Work programme 2011-12, a principal aim was to produce a Resource Kit to support policy review and peer learning processes both within and between countries. A draft framework for quality assurance and evidence based practice was developed by the group for inclusion in the proposed ELGPN Resource Kit.

For more information on the activities during 2012 please download the ELGPN newsletter (PDF).

Work Package 4 - Members of ELGPN meet in Dublin, March 2012.

ELGPN members attending Work Package 4 meeting in Dublin 2012

Policy

NATIONAL POLICY ON GUIDANCE

Education Act 1998 9(c) A school shall use its available resources to ensure that students have access to appropriate guidance to assist them in their educational and career choices, and 9(d) Promote the moral, spiritual, social and personal development of students and provide health education for them, in consultation with their parents, having regard to the characteristic spirit of the school. Read Full Report


Guidelines for Second Level Schools on the Implications of Section 9 (c) of the Education Act 1998, relating to students' access to appropriate guidance (2005). Read Full Report


White Paper on Adult Education – Learning for Life (2000) The issues facing the following areas of adult education in Ireland in the era of lifelong learning were examined in a white paper: (1) second chance and further education; (2) community education; (3) workplace education; and (4) higher education. Read Full Report (PDF 727 kb)


Planning the School Guidance Programme (2004) The purpose of this document is to provide schools and all interested parties with a comprehensive aid to understanding, developing and implementing a school's guidance plan. This publication supersedes the 1996 Guidelines for the Practice of Guidance and Counselling in Schools. Read Full Report


DOCUMENTS THAT INFORM NATIONAL POLICY

Guidance for Life: An Integrated Framework for Lifelong Guidance in Ireland (2007) was the final report of the National Guidance Forum 2004 - 2006. During its term the National Guidance Forum agreed a common vision and definition of guidance for Ireland across the education, labour market and community sectors. For more information and to download complete reports please see the National Guidance Forum website.


Looking at Guidance (2009). Looking at Guidance analyses and synthesises the findings of fifty-five reports on DES inspections of Guidance carried out from September 2006 to May 2007 in a range of post-primary schools. Read Full Report


Review of Guidance in Second-level Schools (2006). Read Full Report


Guidelines for the Practice of Guidance and Counselling in Schools (1996) This is a policy document of the Department of Education which was finalised by NCGE. It sets out a clear framework for the provision of guidance in second level schools, outlines the roles of significant persons in the guidance process in schools and provides detailed descriptions of the responsibilities of the guidance counsellor, school management and the Department of Education and Science. Read Full Report


European Policies pertaining to Guidance View More

Changes in Further Education Sector

The establishment of SOLAS will mean significant change within the sector.  There are currently 33 Vocational Education Committees (VECs) which are statutory education authorities which have responsibility for further and adult education, youth work and the management of second level schools.   As part of the change, FAS Training Division will transfer to the VECs and those VECs will report to the new authority SOLAS in respect of FET.

Alongside this change, FAS Employment Services are transferring to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) as part of the establishment of the National Employment and Entitlements Service (NEES).  More broadly, the 33 VECs are being rationalised into 16 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) and the existing awarding bodies (FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and IUQB) are being amalgamated into Qualifications and Quality Assurance Agency Ireland (QQAAI).

Role of NCGE in AEGI

In 2000, the AEGI was established in response to a priority identified in the White Paper on Adult Education ‘Learning for Life’. Section 8.5 of the White Paper highlighted the need for a systematic investment in the development of core supporting services for adult education such as guidance and counselling. The White Paper marked the adoption, for the first time, of a commitment to lifelong learning and recognised the importance of guidance in adult education.

The objectives set out for the AEGI are:

  • To provide adult educational guidance to support participants in adult literacy, VTOS and community education programmes,
  • To develop and document models of good practice which could be mainstreamed and which could impact on future policy
  • To address gaps in the provision of adult educational guidance
  • To build local capacity to develop support structures and to encourage local partnerships.

NCGE co-ordinates and supports the development of  the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI) on behalf of the DES.  NCGE collaborates with other agencies and government departments to provide appropriate information for AEGI services and staff.

To support the development of good practice in adult guidance, NCGE co-ordinates and provides a Continuing Professional Development programme for the AEGI Guidance Co-ordinators, Guidance Counsellors and Information officers each May and December. This relates specifically to the guidance programme which the AEGS delivers. NCGE also co-ordinates and hosts the Academia programme which provides opportunities for guidance counsellors working in adult educational guidance to visit their guidance peers in participating countries.

Web Wheel Model

NCGE has worked with Youthreach in the development of the Web Wheel Model.

A core element of the Web Wheel Model includes the use of mentoring techniques to develop and guide one-to-one relationships between students and staff. This process uses a specific profiling tool, the Wheel, to assess student needs, to structure and guide the mentoring conversations and to review and monitor progress. Information gathered during the profiling process feeds into the development of an Individual Action Plan. This Plan includes provision for in-centre supports (e.g. additional tuition) and inter-agency working and referral, where appropriate. The Web Wheel Model also makes provision for training of practitioners and support and supervision mechanisms.
See the Youthreach website for more information about this approach.

NCGE Management Committee 2010-2013

NCGE Management of Guidance Committee 2010-2013

Chairperson: Barra O' Briain

Members 2012: Margaret Kelly/Breda Naughton, Jim Mullin, Marian O’Callaghan/ Fidelma Collins, John Wynne, Eilis Coakley, Patricia McDonagh, Paul King, Colum Layton, Peter Brown,
Shira Mehlman, Elaine Quinn, Jennifer McKenzie Director NCGE (ex–officio)

Members 2011: Jim Mullin, Marian O Callaghan, John Wynne, Eilis Coakley, Patricia McDonagh, Paul King, Colum Layton, Peter Brown, Paul Hill and Jennifer McKenzie (Ex-Officio Member - NCGE Director)

Members 2010: Margaret Kelly, Jim Mullin, Marian O Callaghan, John Wynne, Eilis Coakley, Patricia McDonagh, Doreen McMorris, Peter Brown, Grace O' Grady, Paul Hill and Jennifer McKenzie (Ex-Officio Member - NCGE Director)


STAKEHOLDERS REPRESENTED:

AEGAI The Adult Education Guidance Association was set up in 2001 to represent the staff working in the AEGIs. In 2007 the AEGA was renamed the Adult Educational Guidance Association of Ireland. See AEGAI website for more information.

DES Inspectorate has a key role in quality assurance in all areas of education and contributes to the development of Departmental policy on Guidance.  See DES website for more information.

Directors of Studies of Guidance Counselling meet to examine the provision of initial and in-service training available for guidance counsellors as well as the development of CPD and induction programmes for graduates. Read More

SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) is the Further Education and Training Authority, operating under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills. Read More

Higher Education Authority (National Access Office) is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland. See HEA/National Access Office website for more information.

The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) is the professional body representing over 1,200 guidance practitioners working in second and third level education, in adult guidance services, private practice and in other settings. See IGC website for more information.

Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work. See Leargas website for more information.

National Association of Principals and Deputy Prinicipals (NAPD) aims to provide a united voice nationally for Principals and Deputy Principals at post-primary level on issues of common concern. See NAPD website for more information.

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Useful Links

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4. Information on Youth Sector

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8. Guidance in a Multicultural Context

Handbooks

SCHOOL GUIDANCE HANDBOOK

School Guidance Handbook

The School Guidance Handbook is an online resource to support the development and delivery of the school guidance programme. It replaces the old Guidance Counsellor's Handbook.The Handbook is available at www.schoolguidancehandbook.ncge.ie.


ADULT GUIDANCE HANDBOOK (2014)

The NCGE Adult Guidance Handbook is a web based resource aimed at guidance counsellors and practitioners in the further education, training and adult guidance community.  Managed by the NCGE, this resource is funded by the Department of Education and Skills /An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna (DES/SOLAS).

While providing access to all guidance services staff and management via public access, on www.ncgeadultguidance.ie, the Handbook will provide specific resources for guidance professionals via the registered user access. The Adult Guidance Handbook comprises good practice guidelines for the delivery of quality adult guidance services within the education sector with a variety of resources including:

o    Department of Education and Skills circulars,
o    NCGE guidelines on good practice,
o    Videos and resources developed collaboratively between NCGE and the Adult Educational Guidance Services,
o    Resource Libraries.


EVIDENCE BASED HANDBOOK: Guidance Case Studies (2013)

The purpose of this Handbook is to present the work of four guidance counsellors who developed an evidence-based approach for guidance in their schools as part of their participation on the NCGE Whole School Guidance Planning (WSGP) programme.
• Case Study 1 written by Gearóidin Brady, a guidance counsellor working in a school in Donegal.
• Case Study 2 written by Niamh Dwyer, a guidance counsellor working in a school in Kerry
• Case Study 3 written by Dymphna Foody, a guidance counsellor working in a school in Dublin.
• Case Study 4 written by Peter Hyde, a former guidance counsellor and now a deputy principal in a school in Cork.

This Handbook was launched at the National Conference on Guidance 2013 on March 1st with some of those involved speaking about their experiences to a national and international audience of guidance practitioners and policy makers. The Evidence Based Handbook can be downloaded in PDF format (2.5 MB)


CHARTING YOUR COURSE (2008)

Charting Your Course was devised by NCGE and AHEAD to support guidance practitioners in the adult education sector working with clients with disabilities.

Research

The work of NCGE is informed by focused research and also by surveys and inputs from its broad client base.

The Survey on the Continuing Professional Development needs of guidance counsellors working in second level schools: Report of Findings was published in May 2014. The aim of the survey was to establish the needs of guidance counsellors in relation to CPD and to establish the best modes and delivery time frames for CPD. Read full report

The Review of Guidance Counselling provision in second level schools, 2012-2013: Report of the findings was commissioned by the DES and the Management of Guidance Committee. Read full report.

Research on the Practice of Counselling by Guidance Counsellors in Post-Primary Schools (2011) The Department of Education and Skills and NCGE commissioned Dr Claire Hayes and Professor Mark Morgan to undertake this research in 2009. Read full report (PDF 1.7 mb) 

In response to the recommendations of the research, the Department of Education and Skills issued a statement which clarifies and outlines the required work of NCGE. Read full report (PDF 367 kb)


The Potential of a Virtual World to Support Teacher Professional Development (2011)  In this research Linda Darbey (NCGE) explores the potential of a Virtual World (VW) to support guidance counsellors' preparation for a Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programme using an action research approach. Read Full Report (PDF 3.9 kb)


Overarching Research on the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (2010) Reflecting on the initial pilot project phases of the AEGI, the report Overarching Research on the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative 2000-2006 highlights examples of good practice in the AEGI. Read full report (PDF 4.2 mb)


 

European Policy on Guidance

2008 Resolution of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, on better integrating lifelong guidance into lifelong learning strategies
This resolution emphasises the need to strengthen the implementation of an active guidance policy within the framework of national lifelong learning strategies. Read Full Report


2006 Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on key competences for lifelong learning
This recommendation puts forward a reference tool identifying the key competences for lifelong learning. Read Full Report 


2004 Resolution on Strengthening Policies, Systems and Practices in the field of Guidance throughout life in Europe
Adopted during the Irish Presidency in 2004, this resolution sets out jointly held views on guidance and is a significant step forward for the recognition of guidance as a key element in education and training.  'In the context of lifelong learning, guidance refers to a range of activities that enables citizens of any age and at any point in their lives to identify their capacities, competences and interests, to make educational, training and occupational decisions and to manage their individual life paths in learning, work and other settings in which these capacities and competences are leaned and/or used.'  Read Full Report


2002 Council Resolution on lifelong learning
The Council welcomes the Commission communication of November 2001 on "Making a European area of lifelong learning a reality". It also welcomes the fact that this communication established lifelong learning as one of the guiding principles for education and training.  Read Full Report

2002 Copenhagen Declaration
The Bruges/Copenhagen initiative addresses the key issues of quality, transparency and mutual trust for VET qualifications within the European Union.  The strengthening of policies, systems and practices for information, guidance and counselling is an initial priority in the Bruges initiative, not only to support European mobility but also for integrating VET policies into a broader lifelong learning perspective.  Read Full Report 


2001 Making a European Area of Lifelong Learning a Reality
Making a European area of lifelong learning a reality: communication from the Commission. Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2001. (COM (2001) 678).  Read Full Report


2000 Bologna Declaration
A memorandum on lifelong learning. Brussels: European Commission, 2000, 36 p. (SEC (2000) 1832).  Read Full Report


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FAQ’s

If you do not see the answer to your question below, feel free to contact us on +353 1 8690715

Professional Development

In accordance with NCGE's terms of reference, the Centre advises on high quality and relevant initial guidance counselling education and training and provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for guidance practitioners. This includes

Qualifications in Guidance

Whole School Guidance Planning Programme

Supervision for Post Primary Guidance Counsellors

AEGI - CPD and Supervision

Academia - Europass Certification

All CPD programmes are informed by NCGE's Quality Assurance Procedures. The procedures give details of the systematic quality assurance procedures supporting the rationale, design, development, delivery, assessment, review and evaluation of its courses. The purpose of these procedures is to attain feedback from learners enrolled on NCGE programmes in order to ensure that its programmes are delivered to a high standard. The procedures are also intended to guide staff involved in the monitoring and evaluation of NCGE programmes. Read Full Report

National Forum on Guidance 2011/12

The National Forum on Guidance was launched by Minister for Training and Skills, Mr. Ciarán Cannon TD on 17th October 2011 who stated 'It is timely with the re-structuring of FAS, the work of the NCGE in European fora, and the imminence of Ireland’s Presidency of the EU in 2013 that we move ahead to work together more effectively across the system, to share practice, to promote an agreed vision for quality guidance, and to support the type of networking which will make a practical difference to the lives of the clients we serve.' Read Press Release

The National Forum on Guidance provides a communication and co-operation facility for those involved in provision of guidance and development and support of guidance practitioners and services. Organisations providing guidance in both the education and the public employment sector were invited to send representatives. Organisations providing guidance in both the education and the public employment sector are represented. If you wish to attend please contact the Centre.

Discussions are informed by National Priorities, activities of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network and developments in guidance in line with EU Council Resolution 2008 and Education and Training 2020 (ET 2020)  This forum provides NCGE with the opportunity to formally report on the developments of the ELGPN to all relevant bodies and provide those bodies with the opportunity to formally inform NCGE of local/regional developments in guidance which could be brought to ELGPN in return. 

(L to R: Barra O Briain, Lene Juul, Minister Ciarán Cannon TD, Jennifer McKenzie, Professor Tony Watts)

Read the reports from (Meeting 1) October 2011 , (Meeting 2) April 2012  and (Meeting 3) October 2012 National Forum on Guidance meetings.

Who manages NCGE

NCGE was established under the aegis of Léargas - The Exchange Bureau, a company limited by guarantee, in 1995, following the earlier establishment in Léargas of the Transnational Vocational Information and Guidance centre, under the EU’s Petra Programme. An NCGE Management Committee was appointed at that time by the Minister for Education for an initial three year period.  In 2010, the Management of Guidance Committee for NCGE was re-established as a sub-committee of the Board of Léargas.  The aims and objectives of NCGE were updated and the separate roles and responsibilities of the Board of Léargas and the Management of Guidance Committee have been clarified. The Minister of Education and Skills nominates the members of the Committee, who are then appointed by the Board of Leargas. The Management of Guidance Committee meet five to six times a year. 

The terms of reference of the Management of Guidance Committee are available here.

A new management of Guidance Committee was appointed in September 2013.
Management of Guidance Committee 2013-2016.

Management of Guidance Committee 2010-2013.


NCGE STRATEGIC PLANNING SURVEY

NCGE has published its Strategic Plan for 2015-2017 having surveyed the views and ideas of our stakeholders to inform the planning process.

NCGE commissioned Prospectus Management Consultants to carry out this consultation. Stakeholders were invited to provide their comments and responses directly to Prospectus via Survey Monkey.

We would like to thank those who completed the survey - a report of the responses is included within, as an appendix.
 

About Us

Pictured: Staff of NCGE, 2017

The mission of the National Centre for Guidance in Education is to develop and support quality guidance provision in the education sector as part of lifelong learning in accordance with national and international best practice

NCGE:

  • develops guidance materials,
  • provides advice on good practice,
  • supports innovation and pilot projects,
  • disseminates information to practitioners,
  • organises continuing professional development,
  • carries out a range of surveys and related research on guidance practice and needs, 
  • advises the Department of Education and Skills on policy development.

It also hosts the Euroguidance Centre Ireland and is the designated representative for the DES at the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network.


For more detail on NCGE's strategic plan and current activities please see NCGE Strategic Plan 2015-2017 (PDF 500 kb)

NCGE publishes an Annual Output Statement as an annex to the Léargas Annual Report:

NCGE Annual Output Statement 2016 (PDF 1625 kb)

Ráiteas Bliantúil Aschuir LNTO 2016  (PDF 1600kb)

NCGE Annual Output Statement 2015 (PDF 908 kb)

Ráiteas Bliantúil Aschuir LNTO 2015 (PDF 920 kb)

NCGE Annual Output Statement 2014 (PDF 700 kb)

Ráiteas Bliantúil Aschuir LNTO 2014 (PDF 748 kb)

NCGE Annual Output Statement 2013 (PDF 1.1 mb). Léargas Annual Report 2013 (PDF 2.62 mb)

LNTO Tuarascáil Bhliantúil Ráiteas Aschuir 2013 (PDF 361 KB)

NCGE Annual Output Statement 2012 (PDF 1.1 mb). Léargas Annual Report 2012 (PDF 4.7 mb)


CURRENT STRUCTURE OF THE CENTRE

NCGE reports to the Minister for Education and Skills through its Management of Guidance Committee. The Director of NCGE is responsible for the day to day operation of the Centre. In addition to the Director there are five core staff members, including a  Guidance Programme Coordinator, two Guidance Officers, an Information Officer and an Office Administrator.  Consultants are engaged to manage accounting procedures, information technology and to assist NCGE in the delivery of aspects of its programme as the need arises.

The Centre is open from 9.30am to 17.30pm Monday to Friday. NCGE staff can be emailed at firstname.surname@ncge.ie 

European Guidance News

Mobility Guidance Counselling

A free online Mobility Guidance Counselling course for Irish guidance counsellors was launched by Betty McLaughlin, President of the Institute of  Guidance Counsellors, at the 2016 Annual IGC Conference held at the University of Limerick on Saturday, 27th February. Hosted by the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) and Euroguidance, this module offers a new area of continuing professional development (CPD) for guidance counsellors in this country.

Read more.


Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills

The Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills launched their first publication, Education and Skills: Working Together to bring Opportunities across Europe Home to You, at the Department of Education and Skills in July 2015.

The publication was launched by Mary Doyle, Deputy Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills who commented, “The publication will help us to collaborate and connect with each other to understand what's in place to disseminate information".

Europass, in collaboration with the Irish ENIC-NARIC centre Qualifications Recognition, the European Qualifications Framework National Contact Point (EQFNCP), Léargas, the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE), Euroguidance and the Higher Education Authority (HEA), launched the Irish Reference Group for EU Initiatives in Education and Skills in July 2014.

For further information, please visit the Europass website.


OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

The Survey is an initiative of the OECD that assesses the proficiency of adults in key information processing skills essential for the participation in the information-rich economies and societies of the 21st century. These are: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. The Survey allows countries to analyse the level and distribution of skills among their adult populations as well as the extent of skills use in different contexts. A total of 33 countries have participated in this survey, which will allow for international benchmarking. Educators, policy makers, labour economists and experts will use survey information to develop economic, education and social policies that will continue to enhance the skills of adults. First results were published by OECD in 2013.  Read More

Euroguidance Centre Ireland

Euroguidance is a European network of national resource and information centres for guidance. NCGE is part of the Euroguidance network and hosts the EUROGUIDANCE CENTRE IRELAND


EUROGUIDANCE NEWS

A free online Mobility Guidance Counselling course for Irish guidance counsellors was launched by Betty McLaughlin, President of the Institute of  Guidance Counsellors, at the 2016 Annual IGC Conference held at the University of Limerick on Saturday, 27th February. Hosted by the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) and Euroguidance, this module offers a new area of continuing professional development (CPD) for guidance counsellors in this country.

Read more


Euroguidance is committed to supporting mobility throughout Europe through the provision and exchange of information about learning, study and training opportunities available to those working and living within the member states. The main target group of Euroguidance is guidance practitioners and policy makers from both the educational and employment sectors in all European countries.

PLOTEUS (a Portal on Learning Opportunities Throughout Europe) is a Europe-wide service providing information on jobs and learning opportunities. Euroguidance Centre Ireland participates in the Ploteus II co-ordination group. See the Euroguidance Centre Ireland website for more information and practical resources, videos and publications.

Stay connected with Euroguidance Centre Ireland on Facebook.

International Guidance

Several international organisations support the development of good practice in guidance, exchange of ideas and information and collaboration on innovative guidance projects.

Organisations include:

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)the European Union's reference centre for vocational education and training. The Centre provides information on, and analysis of, vocational education and training systems, policies, research and practice.

International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences within the educational and vocational guidance community worldwide, disseminates information on the latest educational and vocational guidance research and practice, and provides opportunities for continuing professional development for guidance practitioners.

International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP): promotes policy sharing and learning in the field of career development in both education and employment sectors. The ICCDPP hosts International symposia, inviting country teams to participate. The Ireland County team in 2011 was lead by NCGE with representatives from the DES Inspectorate and Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Organisation for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD): publishes outlooks, annual overviews and comparative statistics. The OECD launched a review in 2001 of the guidance policies and practices of 14 countries, including Ireland. This led to the publication of Review of Career Guidance Policies: Ireland Country Note in 2002. The OECD and European Commission published Career Guidance, a Handbook for Policy Makers in 2005 which addresses a broad range of policy issues that are central to the effective delivery of career guidance services.

European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network

The European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) aims to assist the European Union Member States (and the neighbouring countries eligible for the Lifelong Learning Programme) and the European Commission in developing European co-operation on lifelong guidance in both the education and employment sectors. The purpose of the Network is to promote co-operation and systems development at member-country level in implementing the priorities identified in EU 2020 strategies and EU Resolutions on Lifelong Guidance (2004; 2008). The Network was established in 2007 by the member-states; the Commission supports its activities under the Lifelong Learning Programme.

Membership of the Network is open to each country eligible for assistance under the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013. See the ELGPN website for more information on aims, objectives and membership of the network.


ELGPN NEWS

The ELGPN Summative Report 2007-2015 has been published. The report describes the work undertaken by ELGPN in 2007–15, including the progress of policy adaptation and implementation processes of the member-countries at national, regional and local levels.

Participation in the ELGPN, as the designated national representative, enables NCGE to fulfill its remit to inform the Department of Education and Skills (DES) on EU and international developments in guidance.

NCGE has introduced and discussed issues such as quality assurance and career management skills in a general context with guidance stakeholders as a result of the work in ELGPN. It’s representation for Ireland and participation in ELGPN (or its equivalent) is now clarified in the role of NCGE and detailed within the Strategic Plan.


Dr Raimo Vuorinen, ELGPN Co-ordinator, officially launched four new ELPGN publications at the National Forum on Guidance, held on 3rd December, 2015. The publications are available to download from the ELGPN website, at http://www.elgpn.eu/news/new-publications-available  Dr Vuorinen's presentation is available to download here.


Ireland, represented by NCGE, continues to have full membership of the ELGPN for 2015, following on from the 2013-14 work programme. NCGE, in partnership with Portugal, continues to co-lead in the development of the QAE (Quality Assurance and Evidence) Framework with Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE as consultant.


The December 2014 issue of the ELGPN newsletter features a report on the 16th ELGPN Plenary and 6th Policy Review meetings held in Rome in October of 2014. Also featured is a report on the ELGPN Twinning Event, held in Riga in November 2014. Jennifer McKenzie, Director of the NCGE and lead country representative of the ELGPN Policy Review Cluster 5, moderated the event, which took as its theme The Quality Assurance and Evidence Base Framework for Lifelong Guidance Systems.

Ireland continued to have full membership of the ELGPN for the 2013-14 work programme. NCGE is the Department of Education and Skills' designated representative for Ireland at the ELGPN.

The EU Commission provided funding for the ELGPN programme for 2013-2014. Ireland hosted the 12th ELGPN Plenary meeting during the Irish EU Presidency in February 2013.

NCGE also produced a number of opinion-based videos during the conference week. More information and links to the videos are available here.


2012 -11 Work Programme of the ELGPN:  Ireland had full membership of the ELGPN for the 2011-12 work programme. The ELGPN 2011-12 publications, including the Lifelong Guidance Policy Development: A European Resource Kit, were launched at the 4th European Conference on Lifelong Guidance Policy in Larnaca, Cyprus on 24 October 2012.

Study Visits - Academia

Academia

Academia is the network of guidance organisations in Europe who organise a one week study visit for guidance practitioners as part of the Lifelong Learning Programme (VETpro Mobility). NCGE co-ordinates the sending of Irish guidance practitioners and hosting of European guidance practitioners to Ireland.

The programme is called Academia - Exchange of Guidance Practitioners and is open to all those with a qualification in guidance. Academia offers the participants a chance to get to know the guidance system and guidance practices in another European country. Every year about 250 guidance practitioners from across the EU take part in Academia exchanges (in groups of about 10 participants).

Applications for Irish practitioners to take part in the exchange are normally sought in October - November each year.  When applying, guidance practitioners are asked to select three study visits from the Academia catalogue. The study visits take place between March and May each year. Successful applicants will receive a grant allowance towards the cost of travel and subsistence.

We regret to inform you we are unable to offer any funding for study visits for the current academic year (2015-2016).

The next Academia programme will be rolled out in 2016 with a host visit for European Guidance Counsellors to Ireland set to take place in Spring 2017.

If you are interested in hosting a visiting group, please contact NCGE on ncgeinfo@ncge.ie.

Guidance in European Schools

The European Schools guidance provision is co-ordinated by NCGE and is delivered by qualified Guidance Counsellors.

The European Schools, intended largely for the children of personnel of EU Institutions, are official educational establishments controlled jointly by the governments of the Member States. The Department of Education and Skills provides funding for guidance provision for Irish children who are enrolled in the European Schools. The guidance provision is geared specifically to the needs of  Irish students who are considering third level education in Ireland. It is intended to supplement, but not replace, the guidance support already available to students in the European Schools. Read more about The European Schools (PDF).

To view a range of resources developed by NCGE, visit our Euroguidance Centre Ireland website.

Guidance in Europe

NCGE contributes to European developments through the exchange of information on guidance provision and practice with other guidance and employment services, through the Euroguidance Centre both in Ireland and in other Member States of the EU.

Guidance in Europe is informed by the Education and Training 2020 (ET 2020) strategy for ʻsmart, sustainable and inclusive growthʼ. Of importance to guidance practitioners is the strategic objective to make lifelong learning and mobility a reality. This relies on implementing national lifelong learning strategies paying particular attention to the validation of non-formal and informal learning and guidance.

Read More about EU policies pertaining to Guidance

Second Chance Learning

Guidance in Adult Literacy and Community Education
Department of Education guidelines state that guidance should be a key aspect of Adult Literacy and Community Education programmes and should be available at all stages, including pre-entry and pre exit stages, on an integrated basis. The Adult Educational Guidance Service (AEGS) provides personal, educational and vocational guidance, which supports learners to make informed decisions about course choice and certification (if required), progression plans, recognition of prior learning etc. Guidance in Back To Education Initiatives (BTEI) may be formal and non formal.

NCGE has worked with the Department of Education and Skills on the guidance element of Operational Guidelines for


Guidance in VTOS
Guidance in the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) is provided by either the local AEGI service or the CFE based guidance counsellor. Eligible participants are offered the chance to return to full-time education and training while retaining their social welfare benefits


Guidance in ITABE
Participants on Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education (ITABE) programmes can avail of guidance provided by the local AEGI service. For details of this guidance provision see section 5 of Key Area Guidelines - IVEA Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education Guidelines (2012) (PDF 460 kb)


 

AEGI Contact Details

A free and confidential service available nationwide.

The AEGI offers a guidance service to adults which includes impartial adult education information, one-to-one guidance and group guidance, which help people to make informed educational, career and life choices.

Links to AEGI contact details:

Adult Education Guidance Services in the Leinster region

Adult Education Guidance Services in the Munster region

Adult Education Guidance Services in the Connacht region

Adult Education Guidance Services in the Ulster region

Adult Educational Guidance Services

The Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS), were set up by the DES and co-ordinated by NCGE as part of the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI) in a phased development from 2000-2007.

Now based within and manged by the 16 ETBs, the 39 AEGS provide guidance to those adults who wish to return to education and training, or are already registered on an FET programme within the ETBs.  The specific target groups are listed below under the DES AEGI Operational Guidelines (2012).

Guidance is provided in group settings and on a One-to-One basis for those who require further supports to identify their own  lifelong learning  and career plan.

NCGE supports the provision of quality guidance within the AEGS services of the ETBs and provides CPD for the  guidance staff of the AEGS. NCGE works  on behalf of DES and SOLAS, in collaboration with ETBI, on the  continuous development  of the AEGS nationally. The AEGS complete qualitative and quantitative returns twice yearly to inform NCGE, SOLAS and DES on the provision of guidance to the target groups of the Services.

This information is gathered via the confidential Adult Guidance Management System (AGMS) database, which is monitored and managed by NCGE on behalf of DES and SOLAS. NCGE provides reports to DES and SOLAS arising from the statistics and qualitative information gathered within the AGMS.

The overall report of  AEGS service provision in 2015 is available HERE

The overall report of  AEGS service provision in 2016 is available HERE

The work of the AEGI is informed by Learning for Life, White Paper on Adult Education (July 2000). Learning for Life describes ‘guidance’ as referring to a range of activities designed to assist people to make choices about their lives and to make transitions consequent upon those choices. The AEGI offers a Guidance Service to adults, including impartial adult educational information, one-to-one guidance and group guidance, which helps people to make informed educational, career and life choices. 

More information and guidelines in relation to the AEGI:

NCGE has worked with the AEGI to produce several short videos focussing on guidance issues that may arise for clients of this service.  

One of these can be viewed below.

Welcome to Guidance (3 mins)

Guidance in Further Education


Guidance in Further Education and Training within the lifelong context is aimed primarily at learners aged 18 years and over attending programmes on the National Framework of Qualifications Levels 1 – 6. Some of the learners participating in these programmes may have left school early and are now returning to education.  Other learners may wish to further develop their existing skills.

SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) is the Further Education and Training Authority operating under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills. It co-ordinates and funds the wide range of training and further education programmes around the country. SOLAS was established to integrate the Further Education and Training Sector in Ireland and give strategic direction to that sector. The delivery of Further Education and Training is the responsibility of 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs).

Guidance in Further Education and Training will be informed by the publication, Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019. Section 10 of this publication, entitled Guidance and FET, looks at guidance counselling policy as well as current guidance practice pertaining to the FET sector.

Research and publications relevant to Further Education and Training can be found on the SOLAS website, at: www1.solas.ie/Pages/ResearchAndPublications.aspx. The latest news and developments in the sector are also available from the SOLAS site.


Guidance in Colleges of Further Education

Guidance in Post Leaving Certificate Colleges of Further Education is based on the needs of the students in that college and provision is allocated in accordance with Circular 009/2012 Staffing arrangements in post-primary schools for the 2012/13 school year

The Guidance programme focuses on  educational, personal, social and career opportunities.  Guidance counsellors may also be involved in the wider college activities such as open days / recruitment processes, VTOS co-ordination etc.  The guidance service is available to the students attending the college and thus occurs on site and during college and academic term opening hours.  Guidance interventions may  include CAO and Mature student application to Higher Education, CV, Interview and job seeking skills, personal development programmes, and one-to-one guidance counselling where appropriate.


Guidance in Youth Reach

The Youthreach programme responds to the educational needs of young people who have left school early. It provides general education, vocational training and work experience to young people between the ages of 15 - 21. The ethos is learner-centred and experiential with a strong emphasis on personal participation and achievement.  NCGE has collaborated with Youthreach on the development of the Web Wheel model. Read More


Second Chance Learning

Adults and those who have left school early can return to education in various ways by attending VTOS, Community Education, Back to Education Initiative and Adult Literacy programmes. Guidance provision to these learners is provided by the Adult Educational Guidance Service and is based on their identified needs. Read More


 

Higher Education News

Springboard Launched, 2013 

NCGE worked in partnership with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) National Access Office and the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) to provide a dedicated career guidance phone line launched in 2013 to support Springboard.

Springboard went live on 21st June, 2013, with the aim of launching 6,000 people back into education and employment by providing free part-time higher education places offering retraining to people who have become unemployed in recent years. The focus is on growth areas such as Information Technology, Communication, International Languages and International Financial Services.

The guidance helpline provides advice to potential applicants on course choice, eligibility and the application process. The number is 1800 303 523

Further information is available at www.springboardcourses.ie and www.education.ie.

 

Guidance in Higher Education

All of the Universities and most of the Institutes of Technology (IoT) offer a careers service to students. The main provision is targeted at final year students and recent graduates, although some career services have started to provide careers education in the curriculum of undergraduate courses. The Careers Advisory/Appointments Office provides information on educational and employment opportunities to students and graduates. Students can meet with a Careers Adviser for educational and career guidance.

The Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS) is the representative association for careers advisory and placement professionals in higher education in Ireland. Representatives from AHECS attended the National Forum on Guidance 2013 - 2014.

The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland. The HEA has wide advisory powers throughout the whole of the third-level education sector and published a National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 in 2011.

Post Primary News

Circular on revised arrangements for implementation of Junior Cycle framework

Post-primary guidance counsellors will be interested to hear that circular 0024/2016, setting out revised arrangements governing the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle 2015 in the school years 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, is available on the Department of Education and Skills' website.

Apart from setting out implementation arrangements, the circular also provides details of the resources available to schools to support the implementation of the framework.


Improved general and guidance teacher allocation in post-primary schools

Circulars 0001/2016 - 0003/2016 from the Department of Education and Skills (DES) outline teacher allocation posts for 2016/2017 in:

  •         Community and comprehensive schools
  •         Education and training boards
  •         Voluntary secondary schools

The circulars detail how schools’ management could consider how best to align the new resource allocation with the objectives of the whole school guidance plan .

For further details on whole school guidance planning please see http://www.schoolguidancehandbook.ncge.ie


Circular Letter 0034/2015 Assessment Instruments (including tests and web-based resources) approved for use for guidance and/or learning support in post-primary schools

The Department of Education and Skills has published (May 2015) a Circular Letter 0034/2015 on assessment instruments approved for use for guidance and/or learning support in post-primary schools which has been informed by the work of the Advisory Committee on Psychometric Testing. The Circular highlights good practice in relation to the selection, administration, interpretation and retention of assessment related information and the provision of feedback to students. It can be accessed from https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0034_2015.pdf


Survey into the Continuing Professional Development needs of guidance counsellors working in second level schools: Report of the Findings

In March, 2014 NCGE conducted an online survey into the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs of guidance counsellors working in schools.  The Report of the Findings is now available and can be downloaded here.


Review of Guidance Counselling Provision in second level schools 2012-2013

NCGE is pleased to publish the Review of Guidance Counselling provision in second level schools, 2012-2013: Report of the findings. The review can be downloaded here.


School Guidance Handbook

NCGE is pleased to announce that the School Guidance Handbook is now available at www.schoolguidancehandbook.ncge.ie. The School Guidance Handbook is an online resource to support the development and delivery of the school guidance programme. It replaces the old Guidance Counsellor's Handbook.


 

Advisory Committee on Psychometric Testing

Circular Letter 0035/2017 Assessment Instruments (including tests and web-based resources) approved for use for guidance and/or learning support in post-primary schools

The Department of Education and Skills has published a Circular Letter 0035/2017 on assessment instruments approved for use for guidance and/or learning support in post-primary schools which has been informed by the work of the Advisory Committee on Psychometric Testing (below).  The Circular highlights good practice in relation to the selection, administration, interpretation and retention of assessment related information and the provision of feedback to students. It can be accessed from HERE

The Register of Psychometric Test Use: guidance counsellors, which is maintained by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) www.psihq.ie endorses the professional competence of guidance counsellors in the administration of psychometrictests and supports the implementation of good practice in psychometric testing in schools.

To apply to join the register and to find out more click HERE

Both NEPS and NCGE provide guidelines on best practice in psychometric testing which are available below:

Resource Pack for Teachers

Best Practice, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Psychometric Testing for Guidance Counsellors


The Advisory Committee on Psychometric Testing is convened by NCGE on behalf of the DES and meets once every 2 - 3 years to review and update the list of psychometric tests and assessments approved by the Department for use in post-primary schools. 

The following organisations are represented on the Committee:

  • Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC)
  • ILSA (Irish Learning Support Association)
  • PSI (Psychological Society of Ireland)
  • NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service)
  • DES (Department of Education and Skills)
  • NCGE (National Centre for Guidance in Education)
  • DSGC (Directors of Studies in Guidance Counselling)
  • School of Inclusive & Special Education (DCU St. Patrick’s Campus)

The School Guidance Handbook

The School Guidance Handbook is an online resource to support the development and delivery of the school guidance programme. As the guidance counsellor has a key and central role in the school guidance programme, much of the content is directed towards the guidance counsellor. However, since the key to effective Guidance is a whole-school, collaborative approach, the content has been developed with school management and staff also in mind. All are encouraged to access and use the Handbook in support of students.

The School Guidance Handbook replaces the Guidance Counsellor’s Handbook, a resource provided to schools by NCGE for many years. The handbook has it's own website: www.schoolguidancehandbook.ncge.ie

How to become a Guidance Counsellor

Guidance services in the educational sector are based in post-primary schools, higher and further education colleges and through adult and second chance education programmes. To work in guidance in different educational settings, qualifications vary according to the requirements of the role and the employee.  For more information on the activities of guidance, administrative control, and training and qualifications of practitioners necessary to each setting see Guidance in Ireland (PDF 179 kb)

QUALIFICATIONS AVAILABLE IN GUIDANCE

MSc in Guidance and Counselling - Dublin City University - 2 year part time

Higher Diploma in Arts: Adult Guidance & Counselling - NUI Maynooth - 2 year part time

MEd in Adult Guidance & Counselling - NUI Maynooth - 1 year

Post Graduate Diploma in School Guidance Counselling - NUI Maynooth - 1 year part time

Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling) - NUI Maynooth - 1 year full time

NUI Certificate in Adult Guidance, Theory and Practice - NUI Maynooth (Level 8 - NQF)

Master in Education (Guidance and Counselling - Trinity College Dublin - 2 year part time

Masters in Applied Psychology (Guidance Counselling) - University College Cork - 2 year part time

MA Guidance Counselling & Lifespan Development - University of Limerick - 2 year part time

NCGE convenes a committee of Directors of Studies of Guidance Counselling which meets to examine the provision of initial and in-service training available for guidance counsellors.

Guidance in Post Primary

Guidance in post-primary schools within the lifelong context is aimed at students from the ages of 12 to 18 and relates to programmes from levels 3 to 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications.  The Guidance programme is provided to both junior and senior cycle students.

Guidance is an entitlement in post-primary schools as per the Education Act (1998) Section 9 which states that a school shall use its available resources ...
to (c) ensure that students have access to appropriate guidance to assist them in their educational and career choices.

Guidance in post-primary schools is a whole school activity that is integrated into all school programmes.  Guidance in schools “refers to a range of learning experiences provided in developmental sequence, that assist students to develop self-management skills which will lead to effective choices and decisions about their lives. It encompasses the three separate, but interlinked areas of personal and social development, educational guidance and career guidance.”  (DES, 2005, pg. 4).

The document Guidelines for Second-Level Schools on the Implications of Section 9(c) of the Education Act 1998, Relating to Students' Access to Appropriate Guidance (DES, 2005),  indicates that a guidance programme should be part of a school plan and identifies the central role of the guidance counsellor as well as the important contribution of different members of staff to the role of guidance. The Whole School Guidance Plan for the school should take account of the needs of all Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students. Guidance also forms part of the curriculum in the Transition Year Programme (TYP), the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP).


Improved general and guidance teacher allocation in post-primary schools

Circulars 0001/2016 - 0003/2016 from the Department of Education and Skills (DES) outline teacher allocation posts for 2016/2017 in:

  •     Community and comprehensive schools
  •     Education and training boards
  •     Voluntary secondary schools

The circulars detail how schools’ management could consider how best to align the new resource allocation with the objectives of the whole school guidance plan .

For further details on whole school guidance planning please see http://www.schoolguidancehandbook.ncge.ie


Circular 0009/2012 was issued by the Department of Education and Skills to all post primary schools in 2012. Guidance provision is indicated under point 4 of the Circular and the importance of a Whole School approach to guidance is emphasised as well as the statutory requirement of schools to provide guidance under The Education Act, 1998.

In response to changes to the guidance landscape in schools from September 2012, the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools (ACCS), Irish Vocational Education Association (IVEA), Joint Managerial Body (JMB) and National Association for Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) issued the Framework for Considering Provision of Guidance in Post Primary Schools

Primary News

GROWING UP IN IRELAND

Growing up in Ireland

Growing Up in Ireland is a Government study. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is funding this study in association with the Department of Social Protection and the Central Statistics Office. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs manages the study, which is being carried out by a consortium of researchers led by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin. See the Growing Up in Ireland website for more information 


 

Guidance in Primary

There is no formal provision for Guidance in primary schools within the the lifelong context, however NCGE liaises with primary school support teachers, attending regular meetings and highlighting examples of best practice in guidance, play therapy, coaching and skills programmes for primary education.

The Centre continues to research the level of formal guidance in the primary school system in other EU countries. As part of the primary school curriculum, Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) provides particular opportunities to foster the personal development, health and well-being of the child. Read More


SUPPORT FOR THE TRANSITION FROM PRIMARY TO POST-PRIMARY

Many pupils need support in the transfer from primary to post primary schooling. Collaboration between schools at primary and post primary level has resulted in the implementation of successful models of providing the necessary supports to make this transition as simple as possible for the pupils. Since September 2012, all children transitioning from primary to post primary schools have their end of year report card, known as the  'Education Passport', sent to their new school. The support of students in the transition from primary to post-primary education forms part of the Whole School Guidance Programme at post-primary.

Articles on the issues involved and key skills that are important for effective transition from primary to post primary are included in NCGE News.


CAREER RELATED LEARNING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Career-related learning helps children to understand the world of work. In the UK, practitioners and policy makers have been exploring the need to include career-related learning in the primary curriculum.  Since 1998, research has been carried out into the value of career-related learning being introduced in primary schools for children aged 7-11. It is anticipated that such learning will aid children in managing their learning and work, understanding and developing themselves, and preparing them for adult working life. Career-related learning is featured in NCGE News Issue 37 as part of Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.


SUPPORT TEACHERS

There are currently 42 Support Teachers serving primary schools in 48 disadvantaged areas working with pupils who display disruptive, disturbed or withdrawn behaviour. Support Teachers also have a specific role in supporting the development of school policy in relation to children’s behaviours and formulating management strategies for the support of children experiencing behavioural difficulties. They work with pupils in groups or one-to-one, either in the classroom or in a learning support room. Their work involves planning and implementing effective teaching strategies, liaising with parents, staff and other relevant professionals. Further psychological assessment does not occur until the learning support teacher and the class teacher have tried to address the child's problems. Children who continue to have difficulty coping with the curriculum can be psychologically assessed by the National Educational Psychological Service