National Forum on Guidance

The National Forum on Guidance provides an informal communication and cooperation facility for those involved in the provision of guidance and the development and support of guidance practitioners and services.

NCGE, through hosting the Forum, strive to continually empower guidance stakeholders in the performance of their role. In doing this we seek to bring topics to stakeholders attention of genuine relevance and interest. Participants include organisations and individuals providing and supporting guidance delivery in both the education and the public employment sector. Each Forum is intended to inspire participants - in their practice, in their work developing guidance related policies or simply in returning to their organisation with a greater comprehension of the overarching societal function guidance performs.

Each Fora also attempts to promote the expansion of the ‘Guidance Community’ by involving sector representation not traditionally perceived as being ‘guidance impacting’. Following the Forum a ‘report of discussions’ will be produced, published here and disseminated to participants and the wider guidance community.

Details pertaining to the latest Forum are below.
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Following postponement of the National Forum on Guidance in May 2020, and in light of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, NCGE facilitated the Forum 'online' on Thursday 22nd of October.

Theme: An initial investigation into what is the role of Lifelong Guidance in promoting Sustainable Development and Change


Video Recording


Mary Stokes, Guidance Programme Coordinator (FET), NCGE
Introduction and Welcome


Dr Mary McMahon, Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia
Career Guidance in Complex Systems: Considering Context Culture and Theory


Jennifer McKenzie, Director, NCGE 
How, Where and When Guidance policies, systems and practices can and do support individuals, communities and government departments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Feedback to 3 x questions posed to attendees:

Summary of attendee 'Slido' participation

Full 'Slido' Feedback (Excel)

For more about previous Fora click HERE