The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) will cease to operate from 1st September 2022. 
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.

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Guidance in Primary

There is no formal provision for Guidance in primary schools within the the lifelong context, however NCGE liaises with primary school support teachers, attending regular meetings and highlighting examples of best practice in guidance, play therapy, coaching and skills programmes for primary education.

The Centre continues to research the level of formal guidance in the primary school system in other EU countries. As part of the primary school curriculum, Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) provides particular opportunities to foster the personal development, health and well-being of the child. 

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Many pupils need support in the transfer from primary to post primary schooling. Collaboration between schools at primary and post primary level has resulted in the implementation of successful models of providing the necessary supports to make this transition as simple as possible for the pupils. Since September 2012, all children transitioning from primary to post primary schools have their end of year report card, known as the  'Education Passport', sent to their new school. The support of students in the transition from primary to post-primary education forms part of the Whole School Guidance Programme at post-primary.

Articles on the issues involved and key skills that are important for effective transition from primary to post primary are included in Guidance Matters.


Career-related learning helps children to understand the world of work. In the UK, practitioners and policy makers have been exploring the need to include career-related learning in the primary curriculum.  Since 1998, research has been carried out into the value of career-related learning being introduced in primary schools for children aged 7-11. It is anticipated that such learning will aid children in managing their learning and work, understanding and developing themselves, and preparing them for adult working life. Career-related learning is featured in NCGE News Issue 37 as part of Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.