Post-Primary (Policy)

Education Act 1998

9(c)'A school shall use its available resources to ensure that students have access to appropriate guidance to assist them in their educational and career choices, and 9(d) 'Promote the moral, spiritual, social and personal development of students and provide health education for them, in consultation with their parents, having regard to the characteristic spirit of the school.' 

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.


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.


Research on the Practice of Counselling by Guidance Counsellors in Post-Primary Schools (2011)

The Department of Education and Skills and NCGE commissioned Dr Claire Hayes and Professor Mark Morgan to undertake this research in 2009.

In response to the recommendations of the research, the Department of Education and Skills issued a statement which clarifies and outlines the required work of NCGE. Read full report


Looking at Guidance (2009)

'Looking at Guidance' analyses and synthesises the findings of fifty-five reports on DES inspections of Guidance carried out from September 2006 to May 2007 in a range of post-primary schools.


Review of Guidance in Second-level Schools (2006)

This report is based on the findings from the four strands of a “top to bottom” review of guidance in second level schools in Ireland, carried out between the autumn of 2003 and the spring of 2005.


Planning the School Guidance Programme (2004)

The purpose of this document is to provide schools and all interested parties with a comprehensive aid to understanding, developing and implementing a school's guidance plan.
This publication supersedes the 1996 Guidelines for the Practice of Guidance and Counselling in Schools.