The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) will cease to operate from 1st September 2022. 
The NCGE and its Management Committee, Léargas, the Department of Education, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Solas and ETBI have been carrying out significant work since earlier this year to prepare for the reorganisation of guidance support. A Transitions Working Group and additional sub-groups have been meeting regularly to co-ordinate the reorganisation.

For further information relating to ongoing and future support in place, click HERE

Practitioner Resources

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Monitoring and evaluation of lifelong guidance systems and services for adults, in the context of lifelong learning, Vol. 1

This CEDEFOP reference publication was launched on 21st March 2022 at an international CEDEFOP virtual event.

Introducing this event, CEDEFOP note that different EU approaches remain short of providing “clear methodological indications on the implementation of the suggested indicators and the reality and context of current monitoring and evaluation practices in career guidance in Europe.”
This publication looks into individual support to careers and learning to shed light on the efficacy of current upskilling, reskilling and activation measures by examining career development and guidance systems and services for adults. 

You can access the report by clicking 'Resource Link' below.

NCGE with Dr. Petra Elftorp (UL) co-authored one of the six selected papers presented at the event and published in the report (Chapter 4, P56).
The Irish paper is entitled “Lessons learned from monitoring and evaluating person-centred adult educational guidance services in Ireland” 

This paper outlines the existing monitoring and evaluation system in the Irish Adult Educational Guidance Services. Strengths and limitations of the system are presented, and a number of considerations for policy and practice conclude the paper. The authors approach the topic of outcome measurements from the perspective of the Irish model of guidance counselling, which is inherently person-centred and encompasses personal, educational and career guidance counselling. Thus, it is argued that outcome measurements must account for the complexity and contextual nature of career development and lifelong learning, by incorporating both qualitative and quantitative data. A collaborative and inclusive approach to the development of these systems is also advocated for, as it can lead to an efficient system which supports the day to day delivery of the guidance services, while simultaneously building networks, appropriate referral systems, and is inclusive of the “client voice” to inform service delivery and development. 

Further Education & Training, European / International


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IGC - National CPD Experience 2022

Please find 2 x presentations below that form part of NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland's input into this experience.

1 - "Funded Opportunities in Europe for Guidance Counsellors" - presented by NCGE and Euroguidance

This presentation:

  • Provides an overview of the landscape of funded opportunities available throughout Europe for Guidance Counsellors.
  • Explores potential project topics and highlight the value of other EU professional development opportunities available throughout Europe that Guidance Counsellors may not be aware of.
  • Advises on the key elements involved in applying for these opportunities.

2 - "Resources for post-primary Guidance Counsellors’’ - an NCGE and Euroguidance Ireland presentation  

This presentation:

  • Highlights a number of resources for post-primary Whole School Guidance planning.
  • Highlights available resources that allow Guidance Counsellors to introduce a European dimension to classroom guidance.
  • Focusses on practical resources that will support classroom guidance (for Junior Cycle and Transition Year students).
  • Provides Guidance Counsellors with information on how to access further support in any aspect of Guidance.

Post Primary, Further Education & Training, European / International

Orla Ní Cheallaigh - NCGE Euroguidance Officer
Carol Guildea - NCGE Post Primary Guidance Programme Coordinator
Mary Stokes - NCGE FET Guidance Programme Coordinator


  1. PDF icon IGC-Workshop-2022-NCGE(1)-Funded-Opportunities-Guidance-Counsellor.pdf
  2. PDF icon IGC-Workshop-2022-NCGE(2)-NCGE-Euroguidance-Resources-Guidance-Counsellors.pdf

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'Working with Students with Intellectual Disabilities'

19th October 2021

In this webinar, Eimear McDonnell (Temporary Guidance Officer, NCGE) hosted the sharing of information by relevant stakeholders on current and developing supports for students with intellectual disabilities.

Speakers at this webinar included:

  • Michelle English, Special Educational Needs Organiser, NCSE 
  • Elaine Morris and Val Real, Limerick Clare branch of the National Learning Network (NLN)
    The NLN 2021 prospectus may be useful to Guidance Counsellors in Post Primary providing guidance to students with intellectual disabilities.  
  • Dr Geraldine Scanlon, Assistant Professor in Psychology and Education DCU

The NCGE resource document 'Setting up a Network of support' has been updated to include a list of relevant National Disability Supports. 

You can access the accompanying presentation below and view the webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking 'Resource Link'.

Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Presentation-Guidance-Students-Disabilitiess-EN.pdf
Autumn 2021 Post-Primary Webinar Series
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'Settling Back In and Self Care for the Guidance Counsellor'

21st September 2021

In this webinar, Eimear McDonnell (Temporary Guidance Officer, NCGE) touched on on her doctoral research, which looked at post-primary Guidance Counsellor resilience in challenging contexts.
As part of the information provided on “Settling back in and Self-care for the Guidance Counsellor in post-primary schools” - Leah Moore from Spectrum.Life discussed the Employee Assistance Service (EAS) available to ALL school staff and their family members, known as ‘Wellbeing Together: Folláine le Chéile’.

Registration to access the EAS is available HERE

In addition, current relevant NCGE resources were also highlighted.

You can access the accompanying presentation below and view the webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking 'Resource Link'.

Post Primary

NCGE / Leah Moore (Spectrum.Life)

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Presentation-Settling back in-210921-EN.pdf
Autumn 2021 Post-Primary Webinar Series
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'Languages Connect' - Resources for Guidance Counsellors

The Government of Ireland 'Languages Connect' awareness raising campaign was launched by the Department of Education and Skills in September 2018 as an integral part of the national foreign languages strategy.
The Languages Connect awareness raising initiative offers supports to the educational community to encourage the learning of foreign languages.

The Guidance Counsellor, in the context of whole school guidance provision, has a key role in supporting students to make the best subject choices and career planning decisions for them and Languages Connect has produced a series of resources to assist.
These include:

  • A sample lesson plan
  • Videos
  • Online activities
  • and Work Experience / TY Resources

You can access the Languages Connect Guidance Counsellor Resources page by clicking on the 'Resource Link' below.

Post Primary

Languages Connect

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Junior Cycle Wellbeing Guidelines (2021)

The updated Junior Cycle Wellbeing Guidelines (NCCA 2021) aim to support schools in planning and developing a coherent Wellbeing programme.
Guidance-related learning which addresses students’ personal, social, educational and vocational needs is facilitated through short blocks, arranged between the teachers of the units of learning and the guidance counsellor

The Guidance Related Learning resources developed by the NCGE in partnership with are cited in the updated Guidelines s a practical exemplar which can be incorporated into or adapted for use in a school’s Wellbeing programme.

You can access the guidelines by clicking on the 'Resource Link' below.

Post Primary


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Accredited grades and associated choices (2021)

This information sheet collates and summarises key information for students and parents of the Leaving Certificate class of 2021.
This sheet contains information on:

  • Written Exams and Accredited Grades
  • Appealing Written Exams and Accredited Grades
  • Key CAO information
  • Sources of further information and support

All information is correct at the time of publication.
Additional information will become available after the publication of this resource.
Guidance Counsellors. Students and parents are advised to consult:

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-Accredited-Grades-Choices-Revised-EN.docx

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A Checklist for Guidance Counsellors: transitioning back to school in academic year 2021-2022

This resource gives Guidance Counsellors ideas for how to ‘transition back’ and ‘settle in’ to school for academic year 2021-2022. This resource is not intended to be prescriptive; it aims to provide a starting point for discussions and points of action, in line with recent publications.

This checklist resource includes some key points / areas of consideration for Guidance Counsellors on the following seven elements of practice:

  1. Checking-in with where I ‘left off’
  2. General reflections / points of action for this academic year
  3. Update myself on National policy / publications
  4. Reflecting on Local School Policy
  5. Reflecting on Local Structures / Teams
  6. Updating Local Supports
  7. Reflect on Student Needs in our school

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-GC-Checklist-Sept2021-EN.docx

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LawEd Student Internship Guide (2021)

LawEd's Internship Guide's main focus is to prepare students for what to expect once they
decide law is the career choice for them and give students a better insight into the experience of law
with legitimate feedback from past students.

Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Internship-Law-Guide-EN.pdf
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'Settling In - Slow Down to Catch Up’ (2021)

A Resource for Guidance Counsellors: starting out in a new school in academic year 2020-2021.

This resource gives Guidance Counsellors and School management some guidelines / ideas for how a new Guidance Counsellor can ‘transition’ and ‘settle in’ to a new school.

This checklist includes some key points / areas of consideration on the following four elements:

  1. Local School Policy
  2. Local Structures / Teams
  3. Local Supports
  4. Student Needs and prioritising groups at the beginning of a new school year.

This resource is not intended to be prescriptive.
It aims to provide a starting point for discussions and points of action, in line with recent publications, including - NCGE: A Whole School Guidance Framework (NCGE, 2017)

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-Settling-in-Slow-Down-to-Catch-Up-Sept2021-EN.docx

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