Post Primary

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.


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

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School Guidance Compliance Return - 30th June 2017

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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

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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.