NCGE Resources

Post date: Friday, March 20, 2020 - 00:33

Looking at Guidance

Presentation from workshop delivered by Post Primary Inspectors (Guidance) at IGC Conference 2020.

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Post date: Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 13:58

Self-Care and Mental Health issues for Adult Education Guidance Services

In November 2019 NCGE hosted CPD for AEGS staff, including workshops delivered by Dr Marie Rooney on ‘Supporting the practitioner to support the client: Self-Care and Mental Health issues for Adult Education Guidance Services’. The resource booklet developed by Dr Rooney for this workshop is now available and provides information, references and resources that may be useful in the support of AEGS staff and clients.

The booklet provides information that may be useful to FET guidance provision regarding:

  • Mental Health – Supports for Learners
  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning
  • Recovery Colleges
  • Guidelines for Discussing Support with Learners
  • Wellness and Wellbeing for clients and staff

The booklet can be accessed below.  


Post date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 13:24

Developing a Policy on Assessment in Post Primary Schools

Important Information | Sample Templates

This document has been produced in order to provide Post Primary schools with a framework for designing and developing a policy on assessment in accordance with all relevant Department of Education and Skills (DES) policy, circulars and publications. 
This document has been created in line with the recent DES Circular 0058/2019 (revising DES Circular letter 0035/2017). 

Circular 0058/2019 applies to all instances where psychometric tests (either ability, aptitude or achievement) are administered.

This publication contains four sections as follows:
1. A sample ‘Assessment Policy’ which may be adjusted for use in postprimary schools.
2. A sample ‘Parental Consent to Assessment’ form
3. A sample ‘FAQ information sheet' for parents/guardians
4. A list of key policies, circulars and publications on topics relating to assessment in post primary schools
Content for consideration is included within the sample 'Assessment Policy' and schools may adjust / overwrite this content in line with the unique needs of their school.
On downloading the PDF and saving to your device you can type directly into the document, or  you can delete the prefilled content and print.

See below for download link.


Post date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 10:50

Guidelines on Provision of AEGS to 16-17 year olds

In 2014, the Department of Education and Skills requested NCGE to develop Guidelines on the Provision of Adult Educational Guidance Services to 16 and 17 year olds to enhance and support the existing DES AEGI Operational Guidelines 2012.

These Guidelines are intended to support the Adult Educational Guidance Services (AEGS) nationally and were intended to inform AEG Services and their managing agencies - the Education and Training Boards (ETBs).

The provision of guidance to young people who have left school, with low or no formal qualifications, may require specific guidance interventions. Such interventions should be cognisant of the age of the individual and the legal requirements for the provision of services to children. The AEGS are specific services that have traditionally worked with adults who are at least 18 years of age. In 2014, driven by developments in DEASP INTREO ‘Activation’ policies, the AEGS began working with the ‘young adult’ age cohort. This required the development of policy, conducive to the needs and requirements of young people aged between 16 and 18 years of age. The guidelines presented here were developed in consultation with the DES Inspectorate, the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI),the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), the Adult Educational Guidance Association of Ireland (AEGAI) and the Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). NCGE engaged legal training consultants to provide legal training to AEGI services to inform and support the development of these guidelines. NCGE is grateful to all of these organisations for their co-operation, collaboration, advice and information and will continue to seek such collaboration to revise the Guidelines in line with current Guidance delivery within FET.

Please note:
Alongside these Guidelines, staff are urged to consider ongoing and current developments within the wider FET landscape and recent GDPR (data protection) legislation.
NCGE is currently (January 2020) engaging with legal advice and will make such revisions to these guidelines as may be necessary.


Post date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 18:14

Presentation for new AEGS Staff

On September 19th 2019 NCGE welcomed a group of Guidance staff recently recruited to work in established ETB AEGS around the country. This was a lively session with Guidance Coordinators, Guidance Information Officers and Guidance Counsellors taking the opportunity to listen and discuss the role of data gathering in the AEGS model, the way the AEGS model of Guidance has developed and how developments in the FET ‘landscape’ will influence Guidance delivery in to the future.


Post date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 14:18

Irish Refugee Council – Information Booklet 2019/2020

In March 2019 NCGE facilitated CPD for AEGS’ staff on the topic of Social Inclusion. The Irish Refugee Council were among the presenters at this event to inform on their role working with and for refugees in Ireland. Further to the IRC’s involvement with this CPD, the IRC have provided their Information Booklet 2019/2020, a resource which may be of use for FET guidance provision for Irish refugees or to otherwise provide relevant information/points of referral.

The IRC Information Booklet provides a guide on the education system in Ireland for people seeking asylum, those with refugee status, subsidiary protection or permission to remain. The booklet primarily focuses on education for people over the age of 18. Information is provided on the following areas:

  • A guide to the Irish education system
  • QQI
  • NFQ
  • PLC
  • Higher Education (application/costs)
  • Student Grants
  • Scholarships (provided by Universities/Institutes of Technology)
  • Map w. location of scholarships (incl. in relation to Direct Provision Centres)
  • The IRC Education Fund
  • Other useful information
  • Useful websites
  • Online Courses

Further information regarding the Irish Refugee Council is available HERE. The Information Booklet can be accessed below.

IRC Information Booklet 2019/2020

(Disclaimer: Application deadlines re courses etc. for academy year 2019/2020 may have already passed. Information provided is for guidance purposes and is not complete and may be subject to update)


Post date: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:02

NCGE FET CPD for staff of AEGS'

NCGE FET Guidance Programme CPD for Staff of Adult Education Guidance Services - March 26th to 28th 2019

NCGE FET continues its engagements with SOLAS, ETBI and ETBs on a number of significant developments across the FET arena – including the Adult Guidance Management System for the AEGS’ and for Guidance in FET in general.

With respect to these ongoing developments, the publishing of the DES / Indecon Independent Review of Career Guidance Tools and Information, and work towards the development of the new SOLAS FET Strategy and FET Guidance Strategy, CPD was developed to offer AEGS’ an opportunity to learn about ongoing relevant policy developments in the area of social inclusion.

Policies, strategies and developments affecting AEGS delivery of Guidance to adults interested in or pursuing FET need to be continually noted and factored into service delivery. Adult Guidance Services continue to be covered by the DES Adult Education Guidance Initiative Operational Guidelines 2012 which state: ‘AEGI targets individuals and groups that experience particular and acute barriers to participation and are more difficult to engage in the formal learning process.

Social Inclusion is therefore already an expectation and notable feature of the AEGS model of Guidance provision.

With speakers from various areas of policy and practice; part of the purpose of this CPD programme was to support AEGS guidance staff in sharing knowledge, expertise and practice. The events  were a reminder of the challenges to sincerely inclusive practice; and the need for useful collaboration and necessary cooperation between services in this crowded landscape where many agencies and services may be working on behalf of different Government departments and associated policies and strategies and priorities.

NCGE FET secured the following speakers who contributed over the course of the 3 days

  • Ivica Milicevic and Robert McCulloch, SOLAS
  • Mary Kenny, EAL & ESOL Development Officer DDLETB
  • Livia Bartolome, Business in the Community Ireland
  • Rory O’Neill Irish Refugee Council
  • Marion Wilkinson, National Disability Authority
  • Donal Rice, Centre of Excellence for Universal Design NDA

NCGE invited Dr. Ebun Joseph to further facilitate the events – Dr. Joseph was very warmly received by AEGS Coordinators and Guidance Counsellors and we will be engaging with her again in the future.

73 Guidance Service staff from AEGS nationally attended the CPD days, and evaluations confirm that the days were well received.

You can access the presentations below.

Policy, Inclusion & practice GIO - NCGE

Policy, Inclusion & practice GCC - NCGE

Active Inclusion and Guidance in FET - SOLAS

Social Inclusion for ESOL Learners - ESOL

Overview of Employment Programmes- BITCI

Guidance for Learners with Disability - NDA

Universal Design - NDA

Creating a Level Playing Field - Dr Ebun Joseph


Post date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 12:18

Rogha Ábhar: Acmhainn do Threoirchomhairleoirí

Tá an Bhileog Acmhainní do Dhaltaí, atá deartha mar threoir ghairid do dhaltaí atá i mbun ábhair sa tSraith Shóisearach a roghnú, in éineacht leis an leathanach acmhainní seo do Threoirchomhairleoirí. Tá Bileog Acmhainní do Thuismitheoirí bunaithe ar an gceann do dhaltaí, ar fáil freisin. 

Is léir go mbeidh an raon ábhar, éigeantach agus roghnach araon, ag brath ar acmhainní na scoile agus ar riachtanais na Roinne Oideachais agus Scileanna. Ar an gcaoi chéanna, is faoi scoileanna atá sé uainiú chinnteoireacht na ndaltaí maidir le hábhair a roghnú.

Ní mholtar ábhair roghnacha a roghnú roimh an gcéad bhliain. Cé go bhfuil córais dhifriúla i bhfeidhm ag scoileanna chun roghanna ábhar na ndaltaí a chumasú, glactar leis anseo go raibh deis ag daltaí staidéar a dhéanamh ar na hábhair roghnacha le linn na chéad bhliana ionas go bhféadfadh siad roghanna feasacha a dhéanamh tar éis breithniú cúramach a dhéanamh. Go hidéalach, is le do chomhoibriú agus le comhoibriú a dtuismitheoirí nó a gcaomhnóirí a bheidh sé seo. Glactar leis freisin go roghnaítear ábhair roghnacha roimh dheireadh na chéad bhliana.

San fhadtéarma, beidh tionchar ag forbairt an Chreata don tSraith Shóisearach agus Próifíl Measúnaithe na Sraithe Sóisearaí ar na hábhair agus ar na gearrchúrsaí a chuireann scoil ar fáil. Tá tuilleadh eolais faoi seo ar fáil ar láithreán gréasáin na Roinne ag:

Is cuid de do ról é, mar threoirchomhairleoir, eolas a sholáthar do dhaltaí, i suímh ghrúpa agus ar bhonn aonair araon. Is cuid de do ról é freisin impleachtaí na roghanna a dhéanann na daltaí agus na próisis atá i bhfeidhm chun na roghanna sin a éascú a chur in iúl do do chomhghleacaithe agus do bhainistíocht na scoile. D'fhéadfadh an acmhainn 'Tuiscint ar d’Ábhair Spéise', atá ar fáil le híoslódáil thíos, a bheith úsáideach duit. Is féidir an acmhainn seo a úsáid chun cur ar chumas daltaí a bheith ag foghlaim maidir lena leasanna agus a n-inniúlachtaí. Is féidir an acmhainn a chur i bhfeidhm i suíomh ranga trí í a chur i láthair na ndaltaí lena críochnú, agus plé a dhéanamh ar a roghanna i ngrúpaí beaga.

Tuiscint ar d’Ábhair Spéise

Tugtar spreagadh do dhaltaí dul i gcomhairle le tuismitheoirí agus le daoine tábhachtacha eile, cosúil le treoirchomhairleoir agus a roghanna á mbreithniú acu.

Go hachomair, tá sé beartaithe, ar leibhéal na Sraithe Sóisearaí, gurb é an breithniú is mó a dhéantar ar ábhar a roghnú ná go bhfuil suim ag an dalta san ábhar sin.

Tá sé beartaithe freisin, chomh maith le Gaeilge, Béarla agus Matamaitic, go bhfuil teanga breise agus Eolaíocht i measc na n-ábhar sa 'raon sábháilte' sa tSraith Shóisearach.

I gcás na Sraithe Sinsearaí, moltar, chomh maith le hábhar a thaitin, go gcaithfidh daltaí machnamh a dhéanamh ar na riachtanais iontrála dá ngairm roghnaithe nó dá gcúrsa roghnaithe. Is léir go dtógann sé roinnt mhaith ama ar dhaltaí breithniú a dhéanamh agus go bhfuil gá le go leor faisnéise. Láithreán gréasáin an NCCA ag mar acmhainn riachtanach chun na críche seo.

Tá Qualifax agus Tairseach Gairmeacha an-úsáideach freisin chun riachtanais iontrála cúrsaí a aithint.

D'fhéadfadh an Fardal Stáid Gairme - Roghanna Ábhar a bheith úsáideach chun daltaí a dteastaíonn tacaíocht uathu maidir lena roghanna ábhar a aithint. D'fhéadfadh daltaí a bhaineann úsáid as an CSI atá míshásta i ndáil leis sin tairbhe ar leith a bhaint as na hacmhainní a chuirtear ar fáil thuas.

Fardal Stáid Gairme

Admhaíonn NCGE an méid a chuireann Colum Layton leis an mbileog acmhainní seo a fhorbairt.

Ollscoil Florida Stáit a fhoilsíonn an CSI faoi cheadúnas Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives 4.0, rud a ligeann d'aon léitheoir ábhar CSI a chóipeáil agus a dháileadh gan cead ó na húdair nó ó Leabharlanna Ollscoile Florida Stáit, ar choinníoll go dtugtar aitheantas cuí do na húdair agus nach ndéantar an t-ábhar a mhodhnú ar bhealach ar bith.


Post date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 14:42

Developing a Confidentiality Policy for Post-Primary Schools

Important Information | Sample Templates

This document has been produced in order to outline how information about students should be treated by those who learn and work in schools.

Some suggestions are made to help schools to clarify how information is treated and to enable school staff to develop relevant policies in that regard.
Although particular reference is made to confidentiality in the work of the Guidance Counsellor, emphasis is placed on the adoption of a whole-school approach to the issues.
This document contains five sections as follows:
1. General information pertaining to Confidentiality and Consent in Guidance in the school context
2. A sample ‘School Confidentiality Policy’ which may be adjusted for use in post-primary schools.
3. A sample ‘Confidentiality and Consent Checklist’
4. A sample ‘Consent Form to Attend Confidential One to One GuidanceSessions' for parents/guardians
5. A list of references and relevant documents / information
On downloading the PDF and saving to your device you can type directly into certain sections of the document directly, or  you can delete the prefilled content and print.

See below for download link.


Post date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 15:45

Access to Further Education and Training for Eligible International Protection Applicants

Following the Governments decision on 26th June 2018, Ireland falls under the EU (recast) Receptions Conditions Directive (2013/22/EU) rendering interim measures no longer valid. 
This article outlines the context, operational guidelines and eligibilities attached to this Directive in the context of delivery of guidance to adults to whom the Directive applies.