National Developments in Guidance

Following the recommendations arising from the Indecon report (2019), deliberations of the Task Force and subsequent reorganisation and restructuring across government departments and within the Teacher Support Services, a number of decisions have been made to strengthen and support the future of lifelong guidance.

Please note some of these important changes:

  • A new National Policy Group to develop a strategic framework for Lifelong Guidance has been formed by five government departments

(Department of Education, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Department of Social Protection, and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth)

  • A new Guidance Policy Unit will be established within the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Unit (CAP) of the Department of Education to lead on guidance policy for schools and to collaborate with stakeholders including other Government Departments to support lifelong Guidance
  • A new Guidance team with specialist Guidance advisors will be in place as part of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) from the 1st September to support schools to provide high quality guidance; schools can sign up to receive a new guidance e-bulletin Treorú; further details of the PDST programme and Guidance team will issue in due course
  • The guidance support service to the European schools will be co-ordinated by the CAP Guidance Policy Unit in conjunction with the Inspectorate and International Co-operation section of the Department of Education
  • In relation to Euroguidance, Léargas is not in a position to host the Euroguidance centre and will terminate the contract from 31/8/22 in line with the closure and cessation of operations of the NCGE. The Department of Education remains deeply committed to the Euroguidance programme and are in consultation with the European Commission on the designation process to find a new host for the Euroguidance centre.   
  • Further Education and training (FET) and adult guidance support will be co-ordinated by the Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) with policy in this respect centralised in the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
  • The guidance counselling supervision scheme will continue to be provided for guidance counsellors in schools and FET, co-ordinated by Monaghan Education Centre with support from the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) supervision sub-committee and IGC branch organisers
  • The National Forum on Guidance will continue to feature as an important collaborative opportunity for stakeholders in lifelong guidance in all settings
  • The Programme Recognition Framework for guidance counselling courses will continue to be operational; the Framework will be reviewed in the next two years
  • A new section of the site will be available to support Guidance provision

The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) will cease to operate from 1st September 2022 but the website will remain available for a transitional period. The NCGE and its Management Committee, Léargas, the Department of Education, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Solas and ETBI have been carrying out significant work since earlier this year to prepare for the reorganisation of guidance support. A Transitions Working Group and additional sub-groups have been meeting regularly to co-ordinate the reorganisation.

From 1st September 2022:

School Guidance Counselling      
Support services for schools and Guidance Counsellors including Treorú – E-Bulletin (sign up) PDST
Policy on Guidance Counselling in schools Department of Education
Guidance Support Service for European Schools Department of Education

Department of Education

Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

European Commission