Guidance in Post Primary

Guidance in post-primary schools within the lifelong context is aimed at students from the ages of 12 to 18 and relates to programmes from levels 3 to 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications.  The Guidance programme is provided to both junior and senior cycle students.

Guidance is an entitlement in post-primary schools as per the Education Act (1998) Section 9 which states that a school shall use its available resources ...
to (c) ensure that students have access to appropriate guidance to assist them in their educational and career choices.

Guidance in post-primary schools is a whole school activity that is integrated into all school programmes.  Guidance in schools “refers to a range of learning experiences provided in developmental sequence, that assist students to develop self-management skills which will lead to effective choices and decisions about their lives. It encompasses the three separate, but interlinked areas of personal and social development, educational guidance and career guidance.”  (DES, 2005, pg. 4).

The document Guidelines for Second-Level Schools on the Implications of Section 9(c) of the Education Act 1998, Relating to Students' Access to Appropriate Guidance (DES, 2005),  indicates that a guidance programme should be part of a school plan and identifies the central role of the guidance counsellor as well as the important contribution of different members of staff to the role of guidance. The Whole School Guidance Plan for the school should take account of the needs of all Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students. Guidance also forms part of the curriculum in the Transition Year Programme (TYP), the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP).


DES Approved Allocation of Teaching Posts

School Year - 2018/2019 

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.

Circular 007/2018 Voluntary Secondary Schools

Circular 008/2018 Community & Comprehensive Schools

Circular 009/2018 Education and Training Boards

 

- Details regarding the DES approved relevant guidance allocation is on Page 4 of each document - Table 2.2.2 presents the PTR reduction to restore guidance provision.

- Appendix 3 provides additional information on guidance provision in post-primary schools.


Improvements in resource provision for the Whole School Guidance Plan – partial restoration of resources removed in Budget 2012

(2017)

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.

 
 

Assessment Instruments (including tests and web-based resources) approved for use for guidance and/or learning support in post-primary schools

The Department of Education and Skills has published a Circular Letter 0035/2017 on assessment instruments approved for use for guidance and/or learning support in post-primary schools which has been informed by the work of the Advisory Committee on Psychometric Testing (below).

The Circular highlights good practice in relation to the selection, administration, interpretation and retention of assessment related information and the provision of feedback to students. It can be accessed below

 

Circular Letter 0035 /2017


Improvements in resource provision for the Whole School Guidance Plan – partial restoration of resources removed in Budget 2012

(2017)

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 0010/2017 Voluntary Secondary Schools

Framework for Considering Provision of Guidance in Post Primary Schools 

(2012)

This framework document provides guidance for school management in the allocation of teaching hours to guidance counselling in post-primary schools in the context of the decision in Budget 2012 to withdraw the provision of ex-quota guidance hours to schools.
 

Guidelines for Second Level Schools on the Implications of Section 9 (c) of the Education Act 1998, relating to students' access to appropriate guidance.

(2005)

This document aims to set out the implications for schools of the provisions in the Education Act 1998 relating to guidance. It is prepared for school managements, guidance counsellors and staff and also for a wide variety of education partners, most importantly, parents and students

https://www.ncge.ie/sites/default/files/ncge/uploads/pp_guidelines_secon...