NCGE Resources

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NCGE Opinions Films

Following NCGE’s successful week of events in March 2013, on the theme of ‘Building the Evidence Base’, we spoke to conference delegates and international experts to discover their opinions on what is the most critical aspect of Lifelong Guidance: Building the Evidence Base. The result has been the production of one introductory and 11 short opinion films which have great relevance to guidance in Ireland and Europe today. These films can be viewed here.

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Review of Guidance Counselling provision in second level schools 2012-2013

Report of the findings

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Circular 0009/2012

Circular 0009/2012. Staffing arrangements in post primary schools for the 2012/13 school year

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Building the Evidence Base: returns on investment in guidance practice

Presented by Dr. Deirdre Hughes, OBE at the National Conference on Guidance, Friday March 1st 2013.

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Post date: Monday, May 29, 2017 - 12:04

NCGE News 38 - Transitions Pilot Project Evaluation Report

Cora Kelly's article Supporting Transitions for School Success, Issue 38, Winter 2012 - NCGE News

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Post date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 09:51

WEBINAR RECORDING - Navigating the Horizon

This presentation focuses on a paradigm shift in the conceptualisation of career. In the labour market a career is not chosen, it is constructed through a series of choices we make throughout our lives. This transformation in the concept of career has implications to the widening paradigm of lifelong guidance and how lifelong career management skills and transversal employability skills can be learned as a continuum from comprehensive education to higher education and adult learning. There is also evidence that in addition to learning outcomes on individual level, coherent career education programmes have wider economic and social outcomes. The beneficiaries include individuals, families, communities and the organisations where they study and work, as well as society as a whole. There is an extensive research base which indicates that lifelong guidance is most effective where it meaningfully connects to the wider experience and lives of individuals and provides services relevant to their needs. It should recognize the diversity of individuals and provide services relevant to their need by combining a range of different interventions. It should also encourage the acquisition of lifelong career management skills.


Post date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 09:49

Perspectives on the use of ability tests in schools

This video was inspired as a result of a series of Continued Professional Development workshops undertaken in Irish secondary schools. The hopes for ability tests were too often not fulfilled. There was a mismatch in messages being delivered to students as result of testing and what their real needs were. These concerns will be addressed in this video.

Post date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 08:58

Video Role Play: Provision of feedback on psychometric test results

This role play provides an opportunity to observe a model of feedback that can be used during a one-to-one meeting with a student.  
Declan Fitzgerald, Chartered Occupational Psychologist, demonstrates a  model for  the provision of feedback to a student on the results of an ability test. 

The video provides  only one example of how feedback may be provided to a student. 

The student portrayed as Casey Black is a fictional character played by Robbie Glynn, a Leaving Certificate student at the time. 

Declan Fitzgerald portrays the role of a guidance counsellor for the purpose of this interview. 

The role play demonstrates how a feedback conversation can:

  • Reflect what ability tests can and cannot do in broad context of career guidance
  • Use a 'concrete' approach to sharing test results
  • Ensure the test taker is an active partner in the feedback conversation

Special thanks to ENACT for providing facilities to record this role play and for providing the personnel and expertise which made the recording possible.  

Post date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 08:52

Helping Adolescents Cope with Depression

This article details the nature of depression in adolescents, focuses on the role of the guidance counsellor in responding to students who may have depression, presents an overview of how guidance counsellors can help adolescents cope with depression, using cognitive behavioural principles and mindfulness, stresses the importance of guidance counsellors looking after themselves and highlights how Aware can support guidance counsellors. It illustrates how they can use the ‘Coping Triangle’ (Hayes, 2006, 2011) and references a wide-range of practical information and support.

Post date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:16

Helping students to concentrate while studying

Concentration, or the ability to focus effectively on the task at hand while ignoring distractions, is vital for success in all areas of life – whether on the sports field or in the classroom. Unfortunately, as focusing techniques are not normally taught in school, many students lack insight into the strengths and limitations of their concentration systems. Against this background, the purpose of the present article is to explore what we know about concentration from recent research on ‘cognitive psychology’ or the scientific study of mental processes such as thinking, paying attention and remembering. In particular, this article will address three main questions. Firstly, what exactly is ‘concentration’? Secondly, how does our concentration system work? Finally, what practical techniques can help students to concentrate more effectively when studying?