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


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