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Have your say on European education and employment online tools and services

Have your say on European education and employment online tools and services

A public survey to better understand end users’ needs for online tools in the field of skills and qualifications has just been published by the Commission.This survey will help shaping the future developments of existing European tools and services related to education and employment, such as Europass.Individuals, organisations and other stakeholders are all welcome to participate.

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20th February 2017 - Minister Bruton announces appointments to NCGE

20th February 2017 - Minister Bruton announces appointments to NCGE

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D. announced the appointment to the Management Committee of the National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE), for a 3 year term of office.

Wishing the new Committee members every success in their work, the Minister said

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of the new Management Committee to the NCGE as it continues to promote guidance and provide advice in this very important area.”

The new members are as follows:-

Mr. Paul King Chairperson

Department of Education and Skills

Ms. Karen Murtagh

Ms. Linda Neary

Léargas

Mr. Jim Mullin

Ms. Maire Quinn

Adult Educational Guidance Association of Ireland (AEGAI)

Ms. Josephine McGread

Institute of Guidance Counsellors

Mr. Eddie McGrath

National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals

Ms. Kathy Finnegan 

SOLAS

Dr. Shira Mehlman 

HEA

Ms. Orla Christle 

Directors of Post-Graduate Guidance Training courses (nominated by)

Dr. Mary B. Ryan 

Department of Social Protection

Dr. Stephen Fitzgerald 

Education and Training Boards Ireland

Mr. Joe Cunningham 

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DES Approved Allocation of Teaching Posts for the 2017/2018 School Year

DES Approved Allocation of Teaching Posts for the 2017/2018 School Year

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) has issued circulars outlining the approved allocation of teaching posts for the 2017/2018 school year

These circulars can be accessed directly on the Department of Education and Skills website (www.education.ie) via the links below.

Details regarding the DES approved relevant guidance allocation is on Page 6 of each document.

Circular 0012/2017 Education and Training Boards 

Circular 0011/2017 Community & Comprehensive Schools

Circular 0010/2017 Voluntary Secondary Schools

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Career Learning and Development Resource Framework

Career Learning and Development Resource Framework

The Career Learning & Development (CL&D) Resource Framework is intended to be an optional resource to support schools in planning and delivering Whole School Guidance.  The CL&D Resource Framework presents a continuum of support model for the whole school guidance programme and sets out three areas of learning to facilitate post primary students’ development of eight areas of competence throughout their education. 

NCGE invited organisations and individuals to make submissions on the resource framework through Survey Monkey from 24th October 2016 until 10am 21st November 2016.  Eight submissions were received by this date.  A further 24 hours was granted to the IGC to facilitate it in making a submission. Five guidance counsellors made a submission during this time. The submission date was further extended on request by the Department of Education and Skills until 9th December.  An additional four submissions were received by this date.

Please click on the link below for further information, including links to all submissions.

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NCGE CPD PROGRAMME IN PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING: REVIEW REPORT

NCGE CPD PROGRAMME IN PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING: REVIEW REPORT

NCGE has undertaken a review of the CPD programme in psychometric testing that was delivered to 195 school guidance counsellors in twelve locations nationwide from November 2014 until December 2015. The review consists of an analysis of written feedback provided by guidance counsellors at the end of each workshop and an analysis of the findings of a survey distributed to guidance counsellors in May 2016.

The findings of this review will inform the design, development and delivery of future CPD programmes offered to guidance counsellors in schools.

To access the full report click here: NCGE CPD Programme in Psychometric Testing: Review Report 

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New register of psychometric test use announced!

New register of psychometric test use announced!

NCGE is delighted to announce that a Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Register of Psychometric Test Use: Guidance Counsellors is now available. This register will support the implementation of good practice in the use of psychometric testing in the education sector. It endorses the professional competence of the guidance counsellor in the administration of psychometric tests and serves the public interest as an Irish register.

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

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

March 2016: The Department of Education and Skills has published a Programme Recognition Framework (PRF). The Framework 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.

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Being LGBT in School

Being LGBT in School

'Being LGBT in School', a resource for post-primary schools to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying and support LGBT students, is now available from the Department of Education and Skills' (DES) website.

 

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Circular on revised arrangements for implementation of Junior Cycle framework

Circular on revised arrangements for implementation of Junior Cycle framework

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 website. 

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Mobility Guidance Counselling CPD module launched

Mobility Guidance Counselling CPD module launched

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.

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