Exploring Whole School Guidance: Planning & Information Resources

The following planning and information resources are intended to be used with NCGE: A Whole School Guidance Framework, to inform Whole School Guidance planning in your school.  These include supplementary information on Whole School Guidance Planning, and reflection workbooks to progress the development of your school's Whole School Guidance Plan. 

To see full explanations on how each resource should be used, please see below. 


Whole School Guidance Planning Section 1: ‘Exploring WSG in our School’

This PDF can be used to facilitate your learning on Whole School Guidance and enable you to:

  • Reflect on the policy guidelines and how they may inform the development of your whole school guidance programme.
  • Identify the contributions that members of the whole school community can make to the whole school guidance programme.
  • Explore a Continuum of Support model for whole school guidance

Whole School Guidance Reflection Workbook Section 1

A number of reflection activities are included within the content of Section 1. Use the workbook to keep a record of your insights and learning. The reflection activities should be used to form part of a discussion of guidance in your school so that a range of perspectives are captured. 

Whole School Guidance Planning Section 2: ‘Convening a Whole School Guidance Group’
This PDF can be used to facilitate your learning and will enable your school to:

  • Discuss Whole School Guidance in your school
  • Establish a school guidance group to progress your work
  • Develop a 'plan of action' on how to proceed where Junior Cycle Guidance is concerned

Whole School Guidance Reflection Workbook Part 2

After you have identified members of your school community who are receptive to guidance and a whole school approach, the questions presented in the workbook may support your guidance team in developing your approach. 

Whole School Guidance Planning Section 3: ‘Information Gathering & Evidence in our School'

This PDF will facilitate your learning and will enable you to:

  • Explore the school’s provision of Whole School Guidance using the NCGE Framework
  • Examine guidance learning experiences offered to students using the NCGE Framework's areas of learning as a reference point
  • Identify the school's strengths and areas for improvement in the school's provision of Whole School Guidance
  • Present your findings to members of the school community

Whole School Guidance Reflection Workbook Section 3

The reflections in this workbook may assist you in recording your findings and presenting a report to your school community outlining the school’s strengths, areas for improvement, etc.

Whole School Guidance: Template for Success

This resource is based on the indicators for success for a Whole School Approach, as presented in the Department of Education and Skills (2018) Wellbeing Policy Statement and the NCCA (2017) Junior Cycle Wellbeing Guidelines. The resource proposes four key aspects to guidance: culturerelationshipspolicy & planning and curriculum & service across three key levels (guidance for allguidance for some and guidance for a few

Whole School Guidance: 'What are Areas of Learning and Competences?'

The three areas of learning facilitate post-primary students’ development in eight areas of competence throughout post-primary education, are outlined in this resource.


Thursday, December 3, 2020