Practitioner Resources

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

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FEATURE IMAGE COLOUR KEY: Blue: Post Primary - Purple: Further Education & Training - Green: European/International

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(Covid-19) NCGE Support information for Guidance Counsellors in Schools​

Following the closure of schools and further education settings, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, NCGE has developed the following information for school Guidance Counsellors to support the delivery of remote / online guidance.Local decisions about the nature and suitability of remote / online school guidance provision should be discussed and agreed by School Management and Guidance Counsellor(s) and documented accordingly. School management and Guidance Counsellors have autonomy and may plan for and schedule guidance classes and one-to-one meetings with students using remote / online platforms in line with school policy. To provide clarity and to support post-primary school management and Guidance Counsellors in their planning and provision of one-to-one or small group guidance counselling and guidance classes to students during the Covid-19 school closures the following information may be useful.

Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Support-Information-GuidanceCounsellors-Schools-(COVID19-School-Closures2020)-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Support-Information-GuidanceCounsellors-Schools-(COVID19-School-Closures 2020)-GA.pdf

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(Covid-19) Continuity of Guidance Counselling - Guidelines for schools providing online support for students

The guidelines contained in this DES document are primarily intended to support post-primary school leaders as they plan for the continuity of guidance counselling support using technology or via the internet. These guidelines serve to raise awareness of the complex issues which must be considered before online guidance counselling or other 1:1 support is delivered. These guidelines can also inform the development of guidelines for the provision of guidance counselling online in the Further Education and Training sector.

To access this document, click the 'Resource Link' below

Post Primary

Department of Education and Skills

Resource Link

(Covid-19) Supervision: Information for Supervisors and Guidance Counsellors

The Dept of Education and Skills recognises the importance of continued supervision of school Guidance Counsellors during the school closures
as a result of Covid-1
9. The below information has been issued to supervisors and Guidance Counsellors for the organisation of the supervision programme at this time.

To access this document, click the 'Resource Link' below

Post Primary

Department of Education and Skills / Monaghan Education Centre

Resource Link

Euro-Quest - Resource for Schools

As weare all doing our best to adapt to a ‘virtual learning environment’, we wanted to highlight Euro-Quest as a resource that might be helpful to you as part of your virtual guidance deliveryDeveloped by NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland - Euro-Quest promotes educational mobility. It gives an overview of Europe, highlights the study, training opportunities available, gives advice and suggestions about living and studying abroad and empowers students to research available courses. 

Euro-Quest is FREE to use, and students can access and complete from home.

It is particularly suitable for TY and 5th year students.

The delivery of the Euro-Quest programme requires that a member of school staff (ideally a Guidance Counsellor or TY Coordinator) assume the role of 'Euro-Quest Leader'. In support of students, the Euro-Quest Leader will register and access a unique (Leader) course page and has responsibility for the following:

  • the in-school coordination of delivery (across departments / subject areas - where required)
  • for the purposes of feedback and evaluation - the completion of pre and post delivery questionnaires
  • to be the main point of contact between NCGE/Euroguidance Ireland in relation to programme delivery

If you wish to enrol as your schools leader, and begin your school's Euro-Quest journey, click the 'Resource Link' below

Post Primary, European / International

NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland

Resource Link

Developing a Confidentiality Policy for Post-Primary Schools

This document has been produced in order to outline how information about students should be treated by those who work in post-primary schools. Some suggestions are made to help schools to clarify how information is treated and to enable school staff to develop relevant policies in that regard. Although particular reference is made to confidentiality in the work of the Guidance Counsellor, emphasis is placed on the adoption of a whole-school approach to the issues.

The complete document contains five sections as follows.

  • General information pertaining to Confidentiality and Consent in Guidance in the school context
  • A sample ‘School Confidentiality Policy’ which may be adjusted for use in post-primary schools.
  • A sample ‘Confidentiality and Consent Checklist’
  • A sample ‘Consent Form to Attend Confidential One to One Guidance Sessions' for parents/guardians
  • A list of references and relevant documents / information

You download the 'templates' as seperate documents; by saving to your device you can then type directly into these templates, or you can delete the prefilled content and print.

Post Primary

NCGE / Colum Layton

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Developing-a-Confidentiality-Policy-for-Post-Primary-Schools-PDF-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Developing-a-Confidentiality-Policy-for-Post-Primary-Schools-PDF-GA.pdf
  3. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Confidentiality-Policy-Template-PDF-EN.pdf
  4. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Confidentiality-Policy-Template-PDF-GA.pdf
  5. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Confidentiality-Policy-Checklist-PDF-EN.pdf
  6. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Confidentiality-Policy-Checklist-PDF-GA.pdf
  7. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Consent-Form-One-to-One-Guidance-Sessions-PDF-EN.pdf
  8. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Consent-Form-One-to-One-Guidance-Sessions-PDF-GA.pdf
  9. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Confidentiality-Sign-EN.pdf

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Developing a Policy on Assessment in Post Primary Schools

This document has been produced in order to provide Post Primary schools with a framework for designing and developing a policy on assessment in accordance with all relevant Department of Education and Skills (DES) policy, circulars and publications. This document has been created in line with DES Circular 0067/20

Circular 0067/2020 applies to all instances where psychometric tests (either ability, aptitude or achievement) are administered.

This resource contains four sections as follows:

  • A sample ‘Assessment Policy’ which may be adjusted for use in postprimary schools.
  • A sample ‘Parental Consent to Assessment’ form
  • A sample ‘FAQ information sheet' for parents/guardians
  • A list of key policies, circulars and publications on topics relating to assessment in post primary schools

Content for consideration is included within the sample 'Assessment Policy' and schools may adjust / overwrite this content in line with the unique needs of their school.

You download the 'templates' as seperate documents; by saving to your device you can then type directly into these templates, or  you can delete the prefilled content and print.


Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Developing-an-Assessment-Policy-PDF-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Developing-an-Assessment-Policy-PDF-GA.pdf
  3. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Assessment-Policy-PDF-EN.pdf
  4. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Assessment-Policy-PDF-GA.pdf
  5. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Parental-Consent-Notice-PDF-EN.pdf
  6. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Parental-Consent-Notice-PDF-GA.pdf
  7. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Parental-FAQ-Sheet-PDF-EN.pdf
  8. PDF icon NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-Parental-FAQ-Sheet-PDF-GA.pdf

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Anxiety and Stress

This resource introduces and summarises key aspects to consider, where anxiety is concerned.

The resource is provided in Word Document format and contains 7 x main sections


You may find it convenient to seperate out the sections in this document and provide digitally or in printed form to students, colleagues and parents.

Post Primary


  1. File NCGE-PP-Anxiety-Stress-EN.docx
Developing Myself
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Record Templates for Guidance Counselling One-to-One Meetings with Students

In keeping with professional good practice in guidance; records should be kept of all meetings with students.
Examples of simple, one-page templates for use during an educational/career guidance one-to-one meeting and a personal guidance counselling one-to-one meeting with students can be accessed below.

It may be helpful to print and photocopy these (completed) documents after each meeting with a student so both the Guidance Counsellor and student share the same record of the meeting.

Post Primary

NCGE / Colum Layton

  1. File NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-EDCareers-EN.docx
  2. File NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-EDCareers-GA.docx
  3. File NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-PersonalGC-1-1-EN.docx
  4. File NCGE-PP-SAMPLE-PersonalGC-1-1-GA.docx

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Applying for Jobs

The resource outlines a number of helpful tips for students applying for work experience including how to identify what to apply for and how to prepare a CV and cover letter.

This resource can be used to support student learning regarding their interests and aptitudes and can be applied in a classroom setting by presenting to students for completion, followed by discussion of their choices in small groups.

The resource is provided in word format and contains 3 x Sections


You may find it convenient to seperate out the sections in this document and provide digitally or in printed form to students.

Post Primary

NCGE / Colum Layton

  1. File NCGE-PP-Applying-for-Jobs-EN.docx
Developing My Career Path, Developing My Learning, Guidance for ALL
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Exam Taking Skills

This resource involves tips for students and parents. The purpose of this resource is to help Guidance Counsellors to deal with many of the issues presented by students who wish to improve their approach to examinations.
It provides a framework on which to explore some of the concerns of students.

The resource is provided in Word Document format and contains 4 x main sections.


You may find it convenient to seperate out the sections in this document and provide digitally or in printed form to students and parents.

Post Primary

NCGE / Colum Layton

  1. File NCGE-PP-Exam-Skills-EN.docx
Developing My Learning
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