Practitioner Resources

The resources contained on this page are intended to support you and learners / clients.

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YOU CAN ACCESS A SHORT VIDEO GUIDE TO NAVIGATING THIS SECTION HERE. If you have any queries about these resources please e-mail:

'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'.

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NCGE / Leah Moore (Spectrum.Life)

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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.

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Languages Connect

Resource Link

Whole School Guidance in Action Poster Resources

The Whole School Guidance in Action posters are a useful resource to display in your staff room /communal area to promote guidance as a Whole School Activity. They provide practical examples of ‘Guidance for All’, ‘Guidance for Some’ and ‘Guidance for a Few’ within the Whole School Guidance Framework for all members of staff within the school community (e.g. ‘I speak to all First Years about ‘what they can expect’ from post-primary school at their Induction day each September’). They also help to identify examples of Whole School Guidance from the perspective of the student (e.g. ‘I talked to my woodwork teacher about what college he went to today’). They can help with guidance planning by bringing awareness of the important contributions made by staff in every school, highlighting how everyone contributes to guidance.

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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:

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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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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"Future Focus" form

This "Future Focus" form, which was kindly provided by Michelle Dunne, Guidance Counsellor and Year Head, Ardgillan College, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, is a template that can be downloaded for use with Leaving Certificate students within the domain of ‘Developing my Career Path’ as part of ‘Guidance for some’ (NCGE Whole School Guidance framework). It is a reflection activity that 6th-year students complete in preparation for a one-to-one appointment with the Guidance Counsellor. It is designed to help focus on their end goal of securing a place on a specific course /apprenticeship and help with guidance planning.


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Michelle Dunne, Guidance Counsellor and Year Head, Ardgillan College, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

  1. File NCGE-PP-Submitted-Future-Focus-Form-EN.docx
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"Review of Academic Year" (Reflection Resource for Staff)

This resource has been developed by NCGE to support Guidance Counsellors in reflecting on all aspects of Guidance during the academic year 2020/2021.
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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  1. File NCGE-PP-Review-Academic-Year-2021-GC-EN.docx

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