NCGE Resources

Post date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 12:03

(Covid-19) 'Dear Me' in August 2020

This resource was designed for use on the last day of the academic year!
It aims to serve as a reference list for the types of things Guidance Counsellors might have on their mind, immediately before closing the office door and leaving for the summer holidays. In using a tool such as this (which is an example), Guidance Counsellors can make a note of all the major and minor ‘to-dos’ that will help them get started upon return to the role at the start of the next academic year. In this way, Guidance Counsellors can truly ‘let go,’ rest and relax over the break, knowing that a reminder note awaits them upon their return.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 16:51

(Covid-19) Guidance on Continuity of Schooling: Supporting Learners in Youthreach Centres

The Department of Education and Skills has recently published Guidance on Continuity of Schooling: Supporting Learners in Youthreach Centres to support Youthreach centres in their continued support for learners to engage with learning during the closure of Centres due to Covid-19.

These guidelines include reference to Guidance related learning resources (page 10), relevant websites and links to DES and NCGE resources available to support the continued provision of guidance online to Youthreach participants.

To access this document and other key supporting documents click below.


Guidance on Continuity of Schooling: Supporting Learners in Youthreach Centres (DES)

Continuity of Guidance Counselling Guidelines for schools providing online support for students (DES)

NCGE Support Information for Guidance Counsellors and Guidance Practitioner in Further Education and Training (FET)

 

Post date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 16:06

(Covid-19) "Review of Academic Year" (Reflection Resource for Staff)

This resource has been developed by NCGE, in consultation with the DES, to support Guidance Counsellors in reflecting on all aspects of Guidance for the academic year 2019/2020.

Due to Covid19, this academic year involved the provision of ‘remote’ Guidance over a period of approximately eight weeks for the first time in the history of the Irish education system. This ‘Review of Academic Year’ resource supports Guidance Counsellors (and the Guidance Planning Team), in reviewing all aspects of the Guidance Service with reference to Whole School Guidance and the Continuum of Guidance (per Whole School Guidance Framework Document, 2017).

This resource aims to support reflection on all aspects of Guidance provision and serve as a reference document for future planning.
 

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Please note - in order to edit this word document you will need to have MS Office 2007 (or Word 2007) or later installed on your laptop, desktop, mobile or tablet.
Tablets such as iPads do not automatically support the editing of MS Word Documents.

 

Post date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 10:56

(Covid-19) “Tips Sheet” for 6th year students

NCGE have developed this ‘Points of Reflection' / Tips Sheet for 6th year students in response to a request from Guidance Counsellors in our May 2020 webinar series. Guidance Counsellors can use this resource as a template and amend the content / structure to best meet the needs of the students in their own schools.


Please feel free to amend / adapt this sheet to meet the needs of the students in your school.

We suggest that in advance of issuing to students you:

  • download the file 
  • insert your school name and date of issue within the header of the document (see red text)
  • provide details on how individual students can contact you - in line with school protocol(s)
  • re-save as a PDF (where possible)
     

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Post date: Monday, May 11, 2020 - 14:42

(Covid-19) “Taking Stock”: Questionnaire for 6th year students

The below downloadable template may be helpful in supporting students to reflect on their guidance needs and inform the planning of the school guidance programme during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

In using this, or any other self-report measures, it is important to remember their limitations and to remember that guidance is a process and a lifelong journey.
The purpose of this tool is to support student reflection of their guidance needs and to inform the school’s provision of guidance over the short term
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Please feel free to amend / adapt this questionnaire to meet the needs of the students in your school.

We suggest that in advance of issuing to students you:

  • download and rename the file
  • insert your school name and date of issue within the header of the document (see red text)
  • provide details on how individual students can contact you in line with school protocol(s) (an area for this been left at the end of the questionnaire)
  • be aware of the need to allow a method by which individual survey completions can be returned to you for review -  without permitting access to other students 

You are welcome to use the content provided in the document in populating an approved survey platform for distribution to students and collating results.
Please ensure to check with school management about what particular platform is acceptable for your school as each school may have their own policies around this.
 

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Please note - in order to edit this word document you will need to have MS Office 2007 (or Word 2007) or later installed on your laptop, desktop, mobile or tablet.
Tablets such as iPads do not automatically support the editing of MS Word Documents.

 

Use Microsoft 'Form'

Duplicate for own use in school MS environment (where appropriate to the school)

Courtesy of Philip O'Brien - Grange Community College

 

Post date: Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 11:00

(Covid-19) NCGE Support Information for Guidance Counsellors and guidance practitioners in Further Education and Training (FET)

To support the continued provision of quality guidance services across the Further Education and Training (FET) sector and in accordance with the DES Continuity of Guidance Counselling - Guidelines for schools providing online support for students (April 2020), NCGE has developed support information for the continued delivery of quality guidance services via online / remote guidance and information provision in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector.   

 

This support information for Guidance Counsellors and guidance practitioners in FET is primarily intended to support FET based Guidance Counsellors, Guidance Services and FET management, in particular ETB Managers; to support the continuity of guidance and information delivery using technology or via the internet. This information serves to raise awareness of the complex issues which must be considered before online guidance and information or group guidance /  1:1 support is delivered to FET learners, guidance service clients and/or the general public.   

 

Please contact us in NCGE if you have any queries about this Support Document - ncgeinfo@ncge.ie  

 

Additional related documents and resources can also be accessed in this section by clicking HERE 
 

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Post date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 10:25

(Covid-19) Continuity of Guidance Counselling - Guidelines for schools providing online support for students

The guidelines contained in this document are primarily intended to support post-primary school leaders as they plan for the continuity of guidance counselling support using technology or via the internet. These guidelines serve to raise awareness of the complex issues which must be considered before online guidance counselling or other 1:1 support is delivered.

These guidelines can also inform the development of guidelines for the provision of guidance counselling online in the Further Education and Training sector.

Please contact us in NCGE if you have any queries about these guidelines - ncgeinfo@ncge.ie

Additional related documents and resources can also be accessed in this section by clicking HERE

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Post date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 10:21

(Covid-19) Accompanying presentation to​ DES Guidelines & NCGE Information for Schools

This PowerPoint and integrated video present and summarise information contained in the three key documents (below) published in March / April 2020, in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • DES - Continuity of Guidance Counselling-Guidelines for schools providing online support for students.
  • NCGE - Support Information for Guidance Counsellors in Schools (Covid-19 School Closures 2020)
  • Monaghan Education Centre - Supervision: Information for Supervisors and Guidance Counsellors

Each of the documents above can also be accessed in this section by clicking HERE


This resource is intended to provide initial CPD in this areas and to reassure guidance counsellors.

Operating a remote guidance service for post-primary students is, in many ways, similar to our ‘normal’ provision of Guidance. All of the same government legislation and policy is relevant as we aim to provide a range of learning experiences for all students, in the three interlinked areas of Guidance. In the provision of remote-Guidance, there are some additional considerations for guidance counsellors to reflect on, discuss and agree with school management.

This presentation provides information for Guidance Counsellors on:

  • Data Protection
  • Targeting Groups
  • Setting up and running online guidance lessons
  • Dealing with student referrals and staff concerns

This resource highlights supports and resources that may be useful to guidance counsellors at this challenging time. In addition, the NCGE and many other bodies are available to support the continuation of your provision of guidance. Please access support as often as you need it.

While this presentation focuses specifically on guidance provision in Post-Primary schools, the concepts and considerations could inform the provision of online guidance counselling in FET settings also.

Please note:

  • This PowerPoint and integrated video is a large file. We recommend that it is best viewed if it is downloaded first. It may take some time to download.
  • Before launching the 'slideshow' please ensure that your sound volume is sufficiently raised.
  • The slideshow will progress AUTOMATICALLY, but you can also navigate using your key pad arrow keys / mouse / screen tap. You can replay individual video elements by clicking on each video 'box' and then clicking the 'play' button.
  • If accessing with an iPad please utilise the 'Keynote' application (see - https://support.apple.com/en-ie/guide/keynote-ipad/tan72232b56/ipados)


Please contact us in NCGE if you have any queries about this presentation or its content - ncgeinfo@ncge.ie

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Post date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 19:20

WEBINAR RECORDING - Telephone and Remote Platform Approaches to Career Development

Adults lead busy lives.  Invariably, they may have many responsibilities including family, work (or seeking work/enterprise development) and education (or planning to return to education).  For the guidance counsellor, working on career development with such adults, there may be a combination of ‘one to one’ engagement, group work, telephone calls, e-mails, texting, Facetime or Skype and other remote platform approaches.  Technology can be transformative, improving the experience and outcomes, for both the client and the guidance counsellor. Improved access may support immediacy, anonymity (which many adults may favour) and also offer a supporting mechanism to ‘face to face’ guidance.  Furthermore, telephone work can be empowering to the client, who may experience a greater sense of control in choosing their own environment.

In order to use technology well, it is important to review how existing skills can be transferred to other mediums, such as the telephone.  In the short film below, Liane Hambly, an independent consultant with over 25 years’ experience in the career development field, looks at some of the key components of integrating telephone work into guidance practice including areas such as:

*        skills and tactics that need to be adapted and strengthened;

*        reflecting back to the client what is communicated through tone, pace and silences;

*        reflective and deep listening;

*        tailoring questions and action steps and

*        taking into account the client’s learning and information processing style.


Post date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 17:26

(Covid-19) NCGE Support information for Guidance Counsellors in Schools​

Following the closure of schools and further education settings, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, NCGE has developed the following information for school Guidance Counsellors to support the delivery of remote / online guidance.

Local decisions about the nature and suitability of remote / online school guidance provision should be discussed and agreed by School Management and Guidance Counsellor(s) and documented accordingly.

School management and Guidance Counsellors have autonomy and may plan for and schedule guidance classes and one-to-one meetings with students using remote / online platforms in line with school policy.

To provide clarity and to support post-primary school management and Guidance Counsellors in their planning and provision of one-to-one or small group guidance counselling and guidance classes to students during the Covid-19 school closures the following information may be useful.

Additional related documents and resources can also be accessed in this section by clicking HERE

Please contact us in NCGE if you have any queries about this document - ncgeinfo@ncge.ie

Download Support Document
 

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