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

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

  • The most recent 10 resources uploaded (accross all areas of practice) are displayed below
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  • Many resources are provided in English AND Irish (GA indicates 'as Gaeilge')

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

A number of the resources provided are editable templates', after downloading you will need to have the appropriate software installed on your device in order to customise these resources.
For example MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, MS PowerPoint

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

Data protection for the Guidance Counsellor (GDPR)

The role of the Guidance Counsellor has been an essential element in providing students and job seekers with professional, objective advice on their strengths, abilities and aptitudes. As such, the role necessarily involves the processing of personal and often highly confidential information regarding people of all ages. In that context, the activities of the Guidance Counsellor must be compliant with the Irish Data Protection legislation.

From May 2018 the Irish and European Data Protection landscape changed with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This article and webinar offer a brief overview of the Regulation, as well as setting the day-to-day activities of Guidance Counsellors within that context..

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below

Post Primary
Hugh Jones, Data Protection Specialist, Sytorus Data Protection Consultancy
  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-DataProtection-GC-PDF-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-DataProtection-GC-PDF-GA.pdf

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Immigration and Residency in Ireland: An Overview for Education Providers

The status, rights and entitlements of the diverse student population are complex and this article provides an overview for guidance counsellors and school management on the rights and entitlements of a diverse student population.

Note: This document was previously uploaded to the (old) 'NCGE School Guidance Handbook'

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Catherine Cosgrave and Colin Lenihan

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Immigration-Residency-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Immigration-Residency-GA.pdf

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An introduction to Technology Enhanced Guidance

This webinar recording and accompanying presentation (from December 2017) covers areas such as:

  • why and how to use technology in guidance
  • using ICT tools and Social Media in guidance
  • the Danish Experience

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below.

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Jannie Meedom Nielsen

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Intro-Tech-Guidance-EN.pdf

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NCGE - A Whole School Guidance Framework

This Framework is intended to be a resource for schools to support the planning, design and delivery of the whole school guidance programme in line with the requirements of The Education Act (1998), that schools provide students with “access to appropriate guidance to assist them in their educational and career choices” (section 9c). A continuum of support model for the school guidance programme, similar to the school support model of the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS), is presented in the Framework – guidance for all, guidance for some and guidance for a few.The continuum comprises a whole school approach to guidance through guidance-related learning to individualised supports for students.The Framework identifies three areas of learning to facilitate students’ development in eight areas of competence. The areas of learning include: learning relating to oneself (personal/social development), educational opportunities (educational development) and career decision making (career development).

  • An additional COMPLETED 'WHEEL' poster resource is also available to download in English and in Irish
  • An additional BLANK 'WHEEL' poster template resource is also available to download in English and in Irish
  • You may wish to adapt the text of the poster for your own school and planning purposes. 
    An editable version of the 'WHEEL' poster resource (in ppt format) is also available to download. This can be done by editing the text boxes.

If you wish to order a hard copies of the Framework and accompanying posters (for FREE), go to the NCGE Shopify Page HERE

Post Primary


  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WholeSchoolGuidanceFramework-PDF-EN.pdf
  2. PDF icon NCGE-PP-WholeSchoolGuidanceFramework-PDF-GA.pdf
  3. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Wheel-Complete-PDF-EN.pdf
  4. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Wheel-Complete-PDF-GA.pdf
  5. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Wheel-Blank-PDF-EN.pdf
  6. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Wheel-Blank-PDF-GA.pdf
  7. File NCGE-WSG-Wheel-Blank-PPT-EN.pptx
Guidance for SOME, Guidance for FEW, Guidance for ALL, Developing Myself, Developing My Learning, Developing My Career Path
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Generation Apprenticeship: Accelerating Real-Life Learning

This article highlights how guidance is an essential element in improving the attractiveness of apprenticeships thereby empowering young people to make well-founded choices. A range of new choices are now available in Insurance Practice, Electrical Engineering, Polymer Processing, Manufacturing Engineering, International Financial Services, ICT, Commis Chef and Accounting with more on the way.

Note: This document was previously uploaded to the (old) 'NCGE School Guidance Handbook'

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

James Eustace

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Generation-Apprenticeship-EN.pdf

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Resilience, Character Building and Identity

This webinar and accompanying presentation address and highlight the importance of resilience and the development of mental toughness in supporting one’s ability to cope with uncertainty, changing and potentially distressing situations.  A focus is placed on how to help young people develop resilience and how it relates to stress and wellbeing.

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below.

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Terri Morrissey

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Resilience-Character-Identity-EN.pdf
Developing Myself
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Developing a Mindful Approach in Guidance Counselling: Care for Self and Others

This webinar discusses the concept and practice of mindfulness. A presentation accompanies the webinar. 

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below.


Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Paul King

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Mindful-Approach-Guidance-EN.pdf

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Improving Career Interventions with Cognitive Information Processing Theory

This webinar and accompanying presentation take us through the key components of CIP theory and applies these to guidance practice in Ireland.

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below.

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Jim Sampson

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Improving Career Interventions-EN.pdf
Developing My Career Path
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Career Matters: Evidence and Implications for Gender and Equality

This webinar and accompanying presentation takes us through the key findings of a major international review: Careers Education: International Literature Review commissioned by the UK Education Endowment Foundation and explores the implications for gender and equality in changing education and labour markets.

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below.

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Career-Matters-EN.pdf

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Career Counselling: facilitating career learning and development

In this webinar and accopanying presentation, Liane Hambly discusses the role of career counselling in facilitating career learning and development. Liane presents a definition of career counselling and takes us through a three stage model for career counselling delivery (establishing the foundations, exploration of needs and addressing needs) and the theory underpinning this model.  Hambly concludes the webinar with a brief discussion of Dual Processing Theory and the implications of this theory for career guidance and counselling. 

You can view webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link' below.

Post Primary, Further Education & Training

Liane Hambly

  1. PDF icon NCGE-PP-Webinar-Career-Counselling-PDF-EN.pdf

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